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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | Alpha Systems Forums | Alpha Software Forum
Author AlphaServer 1200 firmware version 5.3 - help!
DarrenG
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Location: Australia
Joined: 16.04.18
Posted on April 17 2018 00:03
I'm try to rehabilitate a 1200. Powers on, gives me PO>>> OK, but when tried to boot I got a BIOS checksum error.

Looking at updating the BIOS/SRM but it's a pre V5.3 system, so I need to update to 5.3 first, since there was a reorganisation of where the images were stored with that version.

I can find files to update to V 6.0 but the only file I can find for 5.3 is as1200_v5_3.exe or as1200_v5_3.sys, both too big to fit onto a floppy, and I cannot find any instructions on how to use them anyway. The system does not detect the CD drive -- well, AlphaBIOS detects the CD but SRM does not.

Any advice would be welcome. It would be nice to unbrick the old thing.

Darren


AlphaServer 1200, just to see if I can.
Author RE: AlphaServer 1200 firmware version 5.3 - help!
somersdave
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Posts: 67
Location: bristol,UK
Joined: 23.03.07
Posted on April 17 2018 10:23
This looks to be of use:
http://whp-aus2.cold.extweb.hp.com/pub/alphaserver/firmware/retired_platforms/servers/AS1200/alpha1200_v60_fw_relnote.pdf
I went through a similar exercise about 10 years ago with my alphaserver 4000 (found it slightly 'nerve racking' - but worked ok) and had to update the SRM firmware in 2 stages, using floppies but have been told that it can be done using a CD and is more straightforward - the pdf has a section about it.

This site also has some useful links (and funny cartoons):
http://www3.sympatico.ca/n.rieck/links/openvms_resources.html


The Sympatico site firmware link looks to have come up 'trumps' smiley :
ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/alphaserver/firmware/retired_platforms/servers/AS1200/
Edited by somersdave on April 17 2018 21:00
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