38.27 Compaq XP1000 (Kurtz)

Kurtz is an older 64 bit Alpha workstation with 1GB of memory, two 9GB hard drives, and a CD reader. The machine originally ran Tru64.

A default install using the Sarge Release Candidate 3 Debian GNU/Linux Installer, booting from a CD was performed (3 June 2005). The CD image was obtained using jigdo-file (see Section ??).

Issues include:

  • Haven’t been able to get USB to work. At first, had to enable USB in SRM:
    >>> show usb_enable
    usb_enable            OFF
    >>> set usb_enable on

38.27.1 Kurtz Specifications

From the lspci and lshw commands and /proc/cpuinfo:

Spec Details
Machine: COMPAQ Professional Workstation XP1000
CPU: Alpha EV6
Bogomips: 996.00
Memory: 1GB
Network: Digital DS21143 Tulip rev 65 (tulip0)
Disk: Two RZ2DD-KS (C)
Video: Texas Instruments TVP4020 [Permedia 2] (glint)
Hostname: kurtz
Domainname: togaware.com
Boot: SRM
Kernel: 2.6.11-1-generic, 2.4.27-2-generic

38.27.2 Kurtz Install Log 3 June 2005

Standard install.

Install: lang=English, location=Australia, kb=American English, no network, hostname=kurtz, partition first disk as a desktop and second disk as a single partition on /data (9GB as sdb1), write partition changes, reboot.

Default Desktop partition was:

Spec Details
/ 2.6G & sda3
/boot 8M & sda2
/home 6.2G & sda5
swap 251M & sda4

On reboot SRM starts aboot from where kernel 0 can be booted (i.e., just type 0). Type l for a list of kernels:

  aboot> l
  aboot> 0

If you find yourself in SRM you can boot to aboot with:

  >>> boot dka0

Root passwd, user account, apt install.

38.27.3 Troubleshooting Access SRM

Trying to access the SRM (BIOS) console prompt was a bit of a trick. Seems like a Ctrl-C succeeded in the end. F2, nor ESC, nor DEL seemed to work. Once running the SRM we booted from CD with:

  >>> show dev
  >>> boot dqa0

The Install worked just fine from that point.

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