dec alpha on sale where ?

dec alpha on sale where ?

Post by Philipp » Sun, 04 Jun 2000 04:00:00



hello there,

i'm still a student and was wondering where i could find an older dec
alpha mainboard + cpu. are there any locations on the web where you
can buy refurbished older dec alpha (3 years old)
basicly it's intended to host a website and maybe do some firewalling.
So older models would do just fine i think. do all alpha's run linux
?? can you use standard pci devices on dec alpha ? for instance if i
have a 3com 10/100Mbit networkcard can i use it on the alpha

best regards and thanks for the info in advance :-)

Philippe

 
 
 

dec alpha on sale where ?

Post by must.. » Sun, 04 Jun 2000 04:00:00


: hello there,

: i'm still a student and was wondering where i could find an older dec
: alpha mainboard + cpu. are there any locations on the web where you
: can buy refurbished older dec alpha (3 years old)
: basicly it's intended to host a website and maybe do some firewalling.
: So older models would do just fine i think. do all alpha's run linux
: ?? can you use standard pci devices on dec alpha ? for instance if i
: have a 3com 10/100Mbit networkcard can i use it on the alpha

Philippe, the Alpha "mainboard + CPU"s that are out there are usually the
AXPpci33 or "noname", or the PC164 derivatives, like the LX and SX.

I've owned a NoName and am currently typing this on a PC164 system, both of
which I primarily ran Digital Unix/Tru64 upon, but ran Linux on both at
times.

The NoName has 3 or 4 PCI slots (can't remember) and only 4 RAM slots - 72 pin
parity RAM is required.
My PC164 has 4 PCI slots and 8 72 pin SIMM slots.
The PC164LX and SX have three (I think) DIMM slots.
All of them have at least a couple of ISA slots too.

Your 3Com card should work just dandy with Linux - the Console firmware won't
know anything about it, so you won't be able to net-boot the machine to update
firmware, etc. but that's no biggie.

The NoName has on board SCSI, floppy, // and serial, but the serial ports are
kinda sucky. The PC164 boards are a little better in that dept.

You can usually find both types of boards for sale on ebay, etc.
- the NoName comes in several flavours - PS/2 or DIN kbd with either a 166MHz
or 233MHz CPU, the PC164s come with PS/2 connectors only and 366-533MHz CPUs.

The NoName's an AT layout, the PC164s are ATX.

Any of them should run at least a couple of DU, NT, Linux or OpenVMS if you
know what you're doing.

There are a few other types of board you might see, the EB64/EB66,etc.
but they were evaluation boards and aren't as thick on the ground.

Have a quick peek at http://www.alphalinux.org and use altavista/google if
you need more info.

Good luck :)

Cheers
/dave
--
           David Manchester, Workstation herder and USEnet voyeur.
 "The three most dangerous things in the world are a programmer with a
soldering iron, a hardware geek with a program patch & a user with an idea."
      UCC committee and wheel personage. mailto: mustang AT ucc.asn.au

 
 
 

dec alpha on sale where ?

Post by Philipp » Tue, 06 Jun 2000 04:00:00



Quote:>Cheers
>/dave

thanks dave for the info ;-)

Philippe

 
 
 

1. DEC ALPHA CPU SALE

DEC ALPHA CPU:  PRICES IN CANADIAN DOLLARS, DIVIDE PRICES BY 1.40 FOR US
EXCHANGE.....

NEW AND UNDER FULL DEC WARRANTY. CASH ONLY. SHIPPED FROM TORONTO.

21164-P4, 300MHZ (WINDOWS NT)   595.99
21164-P5, 366MHZ (WINDOWS NT    595.99
21164-EB, 366MHZ (UNIX)         2195.99
21164-P6, 433MHZ (WINDOWS NT)   690.99
21164-FB, 433MHZ (UNIX)         2535.99
21164-JC, 500MHZ (UNIX)         out of stock
21164-P7, 500MHZ (WINDOWS NT)   945.99
21164-P8, 533MHZ (WINDOWS NT)   1125.99
21164-MC, 600MHZ                        out of stock

211PC-01, 400MHZ        332.99 (WINDOWS NT)
211PC-02, 466MHZ        494.99 (WINDOWS NT)
211PC-03, 533MHZ        612.99 (WINDOWS NT)

DEC ALPHA MOTHERBOARDS (Alpha heat sink and fan included):
21A05-AO        612.99
21A04-CO        1398.99
21A04-BO        1175.99

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