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Author FreeAXP fails crating configuration on server 2003

Posts: 4
Joined: 25.04.10
Posted on April 25 2010 23:55
I am installing FreeAxp on a Server Intel Xeon E5410 @ 2.33 GHz with 8 GB RAM.

The installation completes without errors, but the configuration utility crashes:

Type of event: Information
Origin: DrWatson

Description: The application C:\Programmi\FreeAXP\FreeAxpCfg.exe caused an application error.
Error happens on 04/26/2010 @ 11:16:10.953 Exception c0000005
at address 7C93C862 (ntdll!RtlUpcaseUnicodeChar)


Any help? Thanks, bye
Author RE: please provide description for a reproducer

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Location: Germany
Joined: 02.04.10
Posted on April 26 2010 00:05

this looks similar to the problem described in the thread titled:

FreeAXP failed to create configuration file on Vista

Could you please EXACTLY describe what you've been doing ? Each mouse-click and each data item entered ?


Author RE: FreeAXP fails crating configuration on server 2003

Posts: 4
Joined: 25.04.10
Posted on April 26 2010 02:44
- my installation:

The system is a Windows Server 2003;
I am logged on as Administrator; the installation kit of freeaxp is on the desktop;
double-click; a title window pops out;
"click next to continue"
click on next;

a license agreement windows pos out;
tick on "I agree..." then click on next;

Installation options windows

I am installing with all defaults:
v Core components and
v MSI netwok driver...

deafult installation folder is C:\Programmi\FreeAXP

then click on install.

An installation completed windows appears, option to start the configuration utility.

click on finish.

no configuration window cames out.

The error posted is obtained from the event viewer,
application errors.

Now I get the sample config file from


with some changes to fit my environment:

/* -- FreeAXP Config --

FreeAXP configuration defining second serial port (TTA0).
Do not modify this configuration using the FreeAXP Wizard.

-- */

cp = control
cp_log = logfile
filename = "E:\Alpha\AXP_Serial.log";

alpha = alpha
image = "E:\Alpha\AXP_Serial.nvr";
pcibus = dc21071da
data = "E:\Alpha\AXP_Serial.toy";
serial0 = i16550
s0_tn = telnet
port = 9000;
wait = true;
action = """C:\Programmi\FreeAXP\putty.exe"" telnet://localhost:9000";
serial1 = i16550
s1_tn = telnet
port = 9001;
wait = true;
action = """C:\Programmi\FreeAXP\putty.exe"" telnet://localhost:9001";

pci7 = i82378

pci6 = symbios

disk0.0 = file
image = "E:\Alpha\dka100.img";
autocreate_size = 4G;

disk0.6 = device
device = "\\.\cdrom0";
read_only = true;
cdrom = true;

pci11 = de500


By using this config file I can launch freeaxp.exe and now I get the output:

FreeAXP Alpha Emulator

x86 version 1.0 patch 6 build 271 (Apr 10 2010 21:04:10)

Copyright (C) 2009-2010 by Migration Specialties International, Inc.

cp(control).alpha(alpha).pcibus(dc21071da).pci11(de500): Choose a network adapte
r to connect to:
1. \Device\MsiPcap_{BCFD1B0A-EFA6-474C-8F64-2BDA1F90B681}
(Broadcom L2 NDIS client driver)
2. \Device\MsiPcap_{EE8BA303-396F-4E6E-8565-40AA10315000}
(Intel(R) PRO/1000 GT Desktop Adapter)
3. \Device\MsiPcap_{878C427C-8544-4D9B-A0D3-1741B42F40C4}
(Broadcom L2 NDIS client driver)
4. \Device\MsiPcap_{F5225768-B27B-4EE4-B644-1211845C2071}
(Intel(R) PRO/1000 PT Server Adapter)
Enter the interface number (1-4):2
AC4-I-DECOMP: Decompressing ROM image.
59.38 Emulator Units of Performance

I am waiting for the console prompt ">>>"

but it looks that there is another more problem because is still giving the units of
performance after 15 minutes... the log file claims that more output has been sent to
the serial port 0:

XP-I-CPUSTRT: cp(control).alpha(alpha).cpu0(EV4): CPU Starting
CSI-I-WRSTRING: Write string "ff.fe.fd.fc.fb.fa.f9.f8.f7.f6.f5." on serial port 0
CTS-I-ENDSESS: Session terminated on cp(control).alpha(alpha).pcibus(dc21071da).serial0(i16550).s0_tn(telnet) from IP address
CTS-I-ENDSESS: Session terminated on cp(control).alpha(alpha).pcibus(dc21071da).serial1(i16550).s1_tn(telnet) from IP address
CSI-I-WRSTRING: Write string "ef.df.ee.ed.ec.f4.eb.ea.e9.e8.e7.e6.....e5." on serial port 0
CSI-I-WRSTRING: Write string "V7.0-9, built on Mar 18 1999 at 13:25:37" on serial port 0

Now, my server has one serial port but it uses this port for special hw config, so I removed from config both the serial ports.
As above, I am still waiting for the console prompt.

any suggestion? bye

Author RE: FreeAXP fails crating configuration on server 2003

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Joined: 25.04.10
Posted on April 26 2010 02:59

wow! I got the console prompt!
Now I will try to install...
Author RE: FreeAXP fails crating configuration on server 2003

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Location: Germany
Joined: 02.04.10
Posted on April 26 2010 03:22
The last line displayed in the Emulator VLC (Virtual Layer Control) Window is always:

xx.xx Emulator Units of Performance

while the emulator is running.

The reference to 'serial ports' in the config file does NOT relate to 'serial ports' on your PC, but to the 'serial ports' implemented in the Alpha emulated machine. These serial ports will be mapped to Putty windows, which should pop up on your Windows desktop.

Did you try to run the Configuration Wizard from Start -> all programs -> FreeAXP ?

wow! I got the console prompt!

What did you finally do to get the console prompt in the Putty window ?

Edited by VolkerHalle on April 26 2010 03:23
Author RE: FreeAXP fails crating configuration on server 2003
Bruce Claremont

Posts: 506
Joined: 07.01.10
Posted on April 27 2010 06:31
I'd also like to know if running the Configuration Wizard from Start -> All Programs -> FreeAXP works? If it fails, take a look at Start> Administrative Tools> Event Viewer and see if an error has been logged in the System or Application logs. If found, please post the error.
Author RE: FreeAXP fails crating configuration on server 2003

Posts: 4
Joined: 25.04.10
Posted on May 06 2010 06:25
the configuration wizard deads as I launch it, an empty windows pops out for a
short and it log a message in the Application logs ( Windows Language is Italian ):

(Event type) Tipo evento: Errore
(Origin) Origine evento: Application Error
Categoria evento: (100)
ID evento: 1000
(Date) Data: 06/05/2010
(Time) Ora: 18.05.37
(User) Utente: N/D
Computer: WNSRVA
(Description) Descrizione:
Applicazione che ha provocato l'errore FreeAxpCfg.exe, versione, modulo che ha provocato l'errore FreeAxpCfg.exe, versione, indirizzo errore 0x0001d06f.

The application is FreeAxpCfg.exe, version, module that origins the error is
FreeAxpCfg.exe at address: 0x0001d06f.

Per ulteriori informazioni, consultare la Guida in linea e supporto tecnico all'indirizzo http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.
0000: 41 70 70 6c 69 63 61 74 Applicat
0008: 69 6f 6e 20 46 61 69 6c ion Fail
0010: 75 72 65 20 20 46 72 65 ure Fre
0018: 65 41 78 70 43 66 67 2e eAxpCfg.
0020: 65 78 65 20 31 2e 30 2e exe 1.0.
0028: 36 2e 32 37 31 20 69 6e 6.271 in
0030: 20 46 72 65 65 41 78 70 FreeAxp
0038: 43 66 67 2e 65 78 65 20 Cfg.exe
0040: 31 2e 30 2e 36 2e 32 37
0048: 31 20 61 74 20 6f 66 66 1 at off
0050: 73 65 74 20 30 30 30 31 set 0001
0058: 64 30 36 66 d06f

But I can FreeAxp by manually editing the configuration file. I have successfully loaded a 7.1 and a 8.3. Today I get the ethernet nic available to the emulator.

Author RE: FreeAXP fails crating configuration on server 2003
Bruce Claremont

Posts: 506
Joined: 07.01.10
Posted on May 07 2010 03:42
Thanks. I've passed this information on our engineers. We've still been unable to recreate the problem here. We'll keep trying.
Author RE: FreeAXP fails crating configuration on server 2003

Posts: 13
Joined: 11.03.10
Posted on May 07 2010 23:08
I had a similar problem when I first installed FreeAxp on a virtual windows 2003 machine with Personal Alpha already installed.

If I remember correctly, I think that FreeAxpCfg crashed when it tried to enumerate the network cards (when I was selecting the network card on the drop down box).

Subsequent reboot somehow fixed the issue.

Hope this helps.
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