"proto" Alpha? - Anyone know what this thing is?
doc at mdrconsult.com
Mon Apr 24 23:39:44 CDT 2006
Patrick Finnegan wrote:
> They've got an x86 emulator in the BIOS, so you can use a PC PCI video
> card, have on-board IDE and floppy interfaces (the IDE is really slow).
> They can netboot from either Tulip-chipset cards, or Intel eepro 100
> nics (if you have a new enough firmware). They can also boot off an
> NCR/SYM53C875 chipset or Adaptec AHA2940 SCSI card (those are the only
> ones I've tried).
With the appropriate video card (and there are several PC video cards
that work) and a Qlogic ISP1040 it'll also run VMS.
Patrick put it mildly - there are no words for the performance of the
CMD640 IDE chipset. You *really* want fast SCSI to make it sing.
Other than the IDE, it's a sweet board.
> It should also be able to do a serial console - try hooking something up
> to the first serial port (9600-8-n-1), and see if you get a response.
You can set the console from SMS/ARCBIOS, but IIRC if there's no
keyboard plugged in it'll come up to serial console automagically.
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