> I've managed to get Redhat 7.1 installed on my XL 266, however I have a
> couple of queries regarding hardware
> 1) The 1GB SCSI disk I have is just a little on the small side. Due to the
> cost of SCSI disks I am toying with the idea of getting an IDE drive. As the
> 266 is a fairly old box I am concerned that the Board may not support larger
> hard drives.
This is, most likely, side issue. Once you boot your machine Linux
should see the whole disk does not matter what your BIOS thinks about
it. More serious problems are:
1) Does your firmware recognizes IDE disks at all?
2) If yes then can it boot from it (small, as you can still boot
from your current disk).
3) If IDE is recognized then on the old board you have, most likely,
"the real IDE" controller. And that means that it will eat CPU like
crazy and will significantly slow down your machine hitting also
on a bus. "Modern IDE" ATA disks will be likely not relevant as
your controller probably will not know how to use their features.
If you can find used SCSI disk, say some 4-8 Megs, this may turned out
to be much better investment. Or maybe your IDE controller is really
ok? I do not know but I would be surprised a bit.
Quote:> 2) I'm looking to install an ethernet card into the Alpha so I can configure
> it as a firewall/mail server for my Windoze 98 pc, would anyone recommend
> any particular cards either 10mbs or 100 mbs and where would I download
> drivers from.
You have a big pile of drivers in your /lib/modules/.... directory and
most of anything should work. Let 'kudzu' find your card and it should
figure it out which driver to use. AFAIK current 'tulip' driver is
broken for most of Tulip cards (although not for all) but in such cases
usually 'de4x5' can be used if you are not too demanding.