Subject: Re: pcLX164 Alpha BIOS problem
From: David Webb (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Sep 13 1999 - 12:14:09 PDT
Thanks for your reply!
The cd-rom and the ide drives are each set to master,
and I have used seperate cables to connect them to
either the two motherboard ide controllers or to the
two ide connections on the Promise33 controller. I
have also tried the cd-rom drive by itself and the ide
drive by itself, trying each drive with each of the
cables on each of the connectors on the motherboard
and on the Promise33 controller.
A while ago, when The ide drive first was installed,
and the computer was booted right after that, the
drive letter for the scsi drive did change, but we
simply adjusted the drive number in the Alpha BIOS,
and both operating systems booted. Since the ide drive
is now not recognized, the Alpha BIOS itself has
adjusted the drive number back to its default value.
But this time, after the usual manual adjustments in
Operating System Selection Setup, NT will boot, but
Linload.exe will not.
What I mean by that,is that in the Alpha BIOS (5.68-1)
at the "Please select the operating system to start",
I can choose either WINNT or Linux. If I choose Linux
and hit Enter to boot it, the curser jumps up to
WINNT. If I choose WINNT, it boots. This is odd
because the Alpha BIOS doesn't complain about the
location of Linload.exe during Operating System
I'm feeling pretty mystified at this point, and any
help will be appriciated.
Thanks in advance.
--- Kurt Ludwig <Kurt_Ludwig@student.uml.edu> wrote:
> make sure that they aren't both set to master or
> sounds like this is the most likely cause of this
> usually a good way to do this is put the hdd as
> master, and put the cdrom
> drive as slave
> -I am also a believer in NEVER using CS (cable
> select) if your drives have
> that option. messes up too much for me
> you may also want to try putting each on it's own
> controller. if you do this
> it makes no difference which one is where
> milo may fail to boot due to the added hard drive
> becuase of it's
> configuration in alphaBIOS. it may be one drive
> letter off now
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: David Webb <email@example.com>
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Monday, September 13, 1999 11:29 AM
> Subject: pcLX164 Alpha BIOS problem
> > Hi,
> > I'm helping a friend with a dual-boot pcLX-164.
> > Alpha BIOS has stopped initialising the cd-rom
> > and the new ide drive. It still initialises the
> > drives(DEC and Syquest)fine. It also now fails to
> > Linload.exe though it finds it during the
> > System Selection Setup. It doesn't seem to matter
> > the cd-rom drive or the Quantum fireball KA
> Ultra66 is
> > connected to the motherboard or the Promise33
> > controller.
> > It will boot NT, but since the BIOS doesn't
> > the cd-rom drive and the ide drive, the NT drivers
> > them fail to load. Both linux and NT are on the
> > hard drive. I don't know if the following info
> > the Alpha BIOS will help.
> > Display System Configuration>Integrated Peripheral
> > State:
> > IDE Chnl 0: Enabled [Port 0x1f0, IRQ 14]
> > IDE Chnl 1: Enabled [Port 0x170, IRQ 15]
> > Display System Configuration>PCI Configuration
> > (The Promise Ultra33 controller)
> > Device Name: VENID=105A, DEVID=4d33
> > Device Type: Mass Storage
> > Revision: 1
> > Physical Slot: 2 (I also tried Slot 0)
> > (The NCR scsi controller)
> > Device Name: NCRC810
> > Device Type: SCSI
> > REvision: 2
> > Physical Slot: 3
> > Any ideas or suggestions will be appreciated.
> > Thanks in advance.
> > David
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