>I had heard about Alpha machines from everyone and I was fortunate to get
>one for myself. The machine has no operating system loaded on it. When I
>boot up, there is MILO I believe and I have tried to boot it off the CDROM
>so that I can install Linux on it, but with no success.
>How do I go about installing RH7 alpha on this....
>I need details of the steps involved.
>I would really appreciate anyone who can help me with this
First of all, since you are new to Alpha, there are some basics you need to
know. The best information I've been able to find online is (here, this
newsgroup) and www.alphalinux.org. Pay special attention to the SRM-Howto
Second, you say you get a MILO prompt. MILO is a bootloader that resides
on the hard disk. (Somebody will correct me if I'm wrong.) It's important
for you to know what is launching it -- AlphaBIOS or SRM. (I think those
are the only choices.) If you're from the PC world, those are analagous to
the BIOS, but much more powerful. They reside in firmware. SRM is like a
miniature operating system, with a command prompt.
Here's what to do:
If your system has a Halt button, hold it in while you're powering on.
Um... Maybe don't hold it in, maybe just press it once.
If it doesn't, then keep tapping Ctrl-C while powering on, until you get
some sort of prompt.
If you get
Then you're using SRM.
type the command
Quote:>>> set auto_action halt
That way, you will get a SRM prompt on power-on, instead of blindly trying
to launch the default OS.
To put it back,
Quote:>>> set auto_action boot
I suggest upgrading to the most current version of SRM. I am familiar with
SRM, and I like it. Maybe somebody else will tell you AlphaBIOS is better.
I don't know. You can get the firmware upgrade someplace from
compaq/digital's web site.
When these things are straightened out, ask again about how to install RH7,
and let's see what happens.