So I nabbed a 164LX Alpha board...

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Re: So I nabbed a 164LX Alpha board...

Unread postby commodorejohn » Sun Jul 21, 2013 4:16 pm

Aside from the Adaptec SCSI controller (which works fine anyway,) I've got a Diamond DM975 video card, a 3Com 3C905C-TXM 10/100 NIC, and a Sound Blaster AWE64 Gold. All of it's on the HCL I got from the Alpha 2k CD, so it should hopefully be no problem once I get 2000 installed, but NT 4.0...I dunno. I've got NT 4.0 drivers, but the installers error out, and installing the .inf files manually does jack. I presume that the "NT" driver packs for these simply didn't come with AXP drivers...
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Re: So I nabbed a 164LX Alpha board...

Unread postby GL1zdA » Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:04 pm

The Sound Blaster should work with NT built-in AWE32 or SB16 drivers (this is how mine works).
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Re: So I nabbed a 164LX Alpha board...

Unread postby commodorejohn » Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:24 am

Hmm, I'll give that a shot.
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Re: So I nabbed a 164LX Alpha board...

Unread postby commodorejohn » Sat Jul 27, 2013 10:08 pm

Well, I nabbed a full 512MB of ECC PC100 from my local recycle center (along with some other goodies - a Sun Ultra 1 and a bunch of ECC EDO DRAM for that RS/6000, though I've yet to test either,) and 2000 is now up and running :) It recognized most everything off the bat, but still no luck with the video card, even though it's in the HCL on the CD...guess I'll have to dig up a replacement if I want more than 800x600x16...
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Re: So I nabbed a 164LX Alpha board...

Unread postby Winnili » Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:09 pm

Sounds like you maximized it nicely.

Did you fix the board into a chassis in the meantime? Speaking of which, I was also wondering about these boards — with all the modern liquid cooling setups, especially the fairly safe internal circuit ones — if one could ‘overclock’ such a board with a certain custom cooling setup. (Although that might be a bit of a pricey experiment...)

Did you also give Tru64 UNIX a try on it? There's a good deal of software for it like OpenOffice (which, last time I checked, isn't even available for some ‘live’ UNIX operating systems like HP-UX, for what it's worth). I have a bunch of PCI cards (like a NIC, soundcard, etc.) which should be fully Tru64 UNIX compatible and even got them to work inside an officially unsupported (or barely supported) system like the Multia/UDB.
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Re: So I nabbed a 164LX Alpha board...

Unread postby commodorejohn » Mon Jul 29, 2013 3:22 pm

Yes, the board is now sitting in a ridiculous "automotive"-themed gaming tower (it has blue-LED headlights and a grille covering the front USB ports! Fortunately you can turn them off.) It was a cheap ATX case/PSU combo at the recycle center, what can I say...

I haven't tried Tru64 on account of it needing a different firmware than NT uses (VMS needs it, too, unfortunately.) It should theoretically be easy to reflash it, as the NT BIOS includes a firmware-update facility right in the setup menu, but I don't really want it that badly...if I get bored of 2000, I may give it a shot, but we'll see.
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Re: So I nabbed a 164LX Alpha board...

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Tue Jun 02, 2015 5:21 pm

I'm going to gravedig this thread as a public service, since I don't see it mentioned here what Tru64 versions will work on the 164LX, and the answer is 4.0D through the end (my 164LX is now happily running 5.1B3 thanks to foetz' expert advice) with the SRM firmware. This machine has a ZLXp-E3 graphics card, a Qlogic SCSI board, a compatible DEC Tulip NIC and 512MB of RAM.

Gonna try pkgsrc when I get back from being bored at Berkeley (hi, smj!).
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Re: So I nabbed a 164LX Alpha board...

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:23 am

I will say (as you pointed out) that the licensing sucks, and it looks like there isn't a hobbyist license program anymore. I'm working around it by using Dropbear instead, though I can still only login as root on the console, which is a drag.
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Re: So I nabbed a 164LX Alpha board...

Unread postby Krokodil » Wed Jun 03, 2015 5:18 pm

ClassicHasClass wrote:I will say (as you pointed out) that the licensing sucks, and it looks like there isn't a hobbyist license program anymore. I'm working around it by using Dropbear instead, though I can still only login as root on the console, which is a drag.


There isn't a hobbyist program anymore, but there are other ways to deal with that problem. ;)
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