Upgrade options for an AlphaStation 200 4/166

Upgrade options for an AlphaStation 200 4/166

Post by Ross Malone » Wed, 18 Mar 1998 04:00:00

What upgrade options are there for an AlphaStation 200 4/166 running
Linux that I have sitting on my desk?

I would like to replace the Alpha processor with something faster, say a

233 MHz chip or better.  With this in mind, I have poked around the
DEC Web sites, only to discover that the AlphaStation 200 is a
discontinued product.  Thus talking to DEC is possibly pointless.  But
from what I have seen on this newsgroup lately, processor upgrading is
a popular topic and readers here have experience in this process.  It
would seem reasonable, that if the Alpha is to compete with Intel
processors, a chip/board replacement analogous to that available for
PC upgrades needs to be available for Alphas without throwing the
total box, including other perfectly good bits and pieces, away.

Can anybody help?

Ross Maloney                             =  voice:  (home) +61 08 9364
Graduate Student                        =
School of Computing Science      +

Perth, WA.                                 +
AUSTRALIA                             =


1. Upgrading AS 200/166 -> AS 200/233

Since Onsale has been selling quite a few AlphaStation 200/166 boxes recently,
I am sure this question may be of interest to at least a few others.

Is there any source for upgrading these units to 233? The DEC upgrade kit
(PB42U-AA,BA,CA) is no longer available. The kit, I am told, included a 233
Alpha CPU chip, an oscillator chip, a jumper, and installation instructions.

Either there is a stash of unsold kits somewhere, or an alternate source for
the parts. Any ideas?

Technology Development and Special Projects
Office of Information Technology (OIT)
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Voice: 413-545-3124   Fax: 413-545-3203
A115 Lederle Graduate Research Center
UMASS Amherst, MA 01003 USA

2. Problem compiling example code from Linux device drivers

3. AlphaBIOS on Alphastation 200 4/166

4. MajorDomo for FreeBSD

5. NetBSD1.6 on AlphaStation 200/166 locks up Soundcard

6. TCP/IP instabilities

7. Alphastation 200 4/166 (Avanti) and RH 5.0

8. Mandatory Patches...

9. AlphaStation 200 4/166 RedHat Install problems w/ CD mount

10. DRAM types for Alphastation 200 4/166

11. Upgrade compaq prolient1500 from 166 to pro 200 on SCO v5- Problems?

12. Alpha 166 for Linux or Cyrix 200

13. boot failure AlpaStation 200 4/166