Digital AXPpci33 "noname" questions

From: Ethan Dicks <>
Date: Tue Jan 21 16:42:00 2003

I'm dusting off this old AXPpci33 motherboard of mine and ran into a few
issues... I'm attempting to upgrade the firmware and I have the file
from the Digital/Compaq/HP web site (Dec 2002 version), but the
instructions don't match my situation. I don't have the ability to
cobble up a boot floppy with OpenVMS (my DEC 4000 has no RX33 or
equivalent), I don't seem to have a compatible network card to BOOTP
it in, and the FAT floppy technique doesn't work with the firmware
I have in there now.

So... does anyone know where I can find a reference to which network
cards are supported for network boot? I have all the common cards
like NE2000s, 3C509s, 8013s, etc., and a few PCI cards. I even have
a card in there now with a DEC 21143-PA chip, but the ROMs don't seem
to like it. Alternatively, in a similar vein to what someone else
recently requested for their Multia, can someone on the list make a
raw disk image I can "dd" onto a blank floppy? The Unix technique
on the HP webpage requires a Digital Unix binary program to convert
the firmare utility file to some other format and I can't do it from
Linux or Solaris.



P.S. - I also can't find any reference to the supported memory
configurations of the AXPpci33 board - I have some parity 16MB
SIMMs, giving me 64MB, but I'd like to use some of these parity
64MB SIMMs I have here from AIR motherboards (formerly CompuServe
"CompuHosts"). Got a set of 4 ready to go, but it seems that few
boards ever supported 64MB 72-pin memory. :-(

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Received on Tue Jan 21 2003 - 16:42:00 GMT

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