Centuries ago, Nostradamus foresaw a time when RockRabbit would say:
>Sitting on my desk are two bare bones Alpha processors..
>This is where I need help. I know very little about Alpha, but would like
>to learn as much as I can. We would like to create a machine for testing
>purposes only at this point. It will run Linux.
>Any suggestions on what motherboard, memory, controllers I will need?
>Where can I get them from? Compaq has been very unhelpful so far in
Compaq doesn't want to sell you parts; Compaq wants to sell you a
You'll likely find that other vendors will be a _bit_ reluctant to
sell just plain motherboards.
One of the vendors I'd _speculate_ might be a bit more helpful than
average would be <http://www.microway.com/>; they give more disclosure
of pricing info than just about any of the other Alpha VARs.
You will need to give the part number information to _whatever_ vendor
you may wind up dealing with to determine what motherboard you will
need to get; that will then determine what kind of memory is needed,
and it is not unlikely that the motherboard will include SCSI
Video cards must be fairly carefully selected; Permedia, Matrox
Millennium, and older S3 are amongst the reasonable choices. Again,
the vendor should be able to suggest a selection from which you may
Is there some reason why you acquired Alpha CPUs separate from a
motherboard? I generally look at building systems based on choosing
motherboard _first_, and CPU second.
Sex is the mathematics urge sublimated.
-- M. C. Reed.