Digital AXPpci33 "noname" questions

From: Stan Pietkiewicz <>
Date: Tue Jan 21 18:49:01 2003

Ethan Dicks wrote:

> 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.
> Thanks,
> -ethan
> 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. :-(

I'm using 4 * 32MB simms in my machine, and I seem to recall that the
user's guide referred to a maximum supported memory (under DEC Unix) of
512MB. Of course, the maximum supported for that other, not thoroughly
debugged, OS was only! 256MB... (bash mode off ;-}) )

If I find the manual , I'll look it up... I also have a pdf somewhere...
Received on Tue Jan 21 2003 - 18:49:01 GMT

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.3.0 : Fri Oct 10 2014 - 23:36:02 BST