After a bit of messing around I got Debian 3.0 installed on my alpha. The
problem now is that the speed of X is so slow, it is effectively unusable.
I've let it gather dust for a while, but would like to get it up and
running. The speed would be equivalent to running Redhat 5 on a Sun4c
(IPC!), maybe slower. I'm using a VGA card (trident), but the TGA card I had
was not much better. I've got 64M ram, which I thought may be the problem.
I've got 3 more 16M dimm to but in bank 2 for I can bring it up to 128M ram,
but I'm not sure which dimms I can use ? It says it uses 5V JEDEC ECC168 pin
dimms , so I was wondering if I could use sparc 4/5 dimms. They are 5V, 168
pin, fast page mode parity dimms. I'm in Australia, so it is a bit harder
for me to order from the US, otherwise I would just buy what I needed rather
than try to find some equivalent I can source locally.
Is Debian very slow with 64M ram? Could it be the video card (I had a matrox
millenium 1, but that seemed to be problematic on alphas from what I had
read). Could it be my ram is dodgey (it is the original ram)? Out of X,
speed is not noticebly slow,kernel recompiles are ~30min- 1hr, I haven't
done it for a while, so can't remember clearly (I complied TGA support into
Does anyone run Netbsd or Freebsd on their systems? Are they Ok to use ? (I
used to run netbsd on pmax decstations - they even ran X much better than
what I'm seeing on my alpha)
Any help would be greatly appreciated