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Re: Debian Installation upon an Alpha Server 4000 5/400

On Fri, Oct 19, 2007 at 11:44:16PM -0400, Robert Garron wrote:
> To Whom It May Concern at Debian:
> First -- Love the release 4.0r1 -- best yet!  Used Debian on 32 bit before.
> Next, not sure who to report this to and/or ask the question, as I am 
> relatively new to using the Debian site (used Redhat and SuSe in past), 
> anyway hopefully I have the right people I am e-mailing to in Debian --->
> The issue is booting Debian Disk1 KDE on an Alpha Server 4000 5/400 system 
> -- after many iterations and contortions with different Ultra Wide 
> Differential SCSI controllers -- I was able to utilize an Adaptec 
> AHA-2944UW controller card to have Debian locate a disk and complete a full 
> installation 99% successfully.
> The last 1% is the booting of the formated, file system created, installed 
> Debian system which does NOT boot with the AHA-2944UW controller because 
> the driver for this card is in the distribution and thus found a disk 
> during the cdrom boot process, but the Alpha BIOS does NOT know about this 
> card so any "auto" boot sequence is out of the question... So reporting to 
> Debian my experience(s) is that:
Hi Robert,
welcome to Debian!
two place to look:
http://lists.debian.org mentions:
debian-alpha mailing list (for alpha issues)
debian-boot mailing list (for boot issues)
also if you go to http://wiki.debian.org, search for alpha, there are 2
good hits there.

Many folks have wanted a kernel module->supported hardware matrix for
umteen years, but it supposedly is a herculean task.
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