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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | Alpha Systems Forums | Alpha Software Forum
Author Alpha 4000 Firmware Upgrade
somersdave
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Posts: 62
Location: bristol,UK
Joined: 23.03.07
Posted on October 22 2007 06:59
Hi All, I bought an Alpha 4000 a few months ago in a non running state and have since tried to load OpenVMS 7.3 (I believe the m/c had been running NT).

VMS attempts to boot but failed because the SRM firmware was at V5.0-2
(min. req'd v5.3)

I downloaded the firmware updates from HP to my PC to 3 floppies.

I have updated alphabios V5.7 which loads using the LFU with message 'Passed'

but when I attempted the update 'srmflash' from V5.0-2 to V6.0-4
the screen just displays :
srmflash updating to V6.0-4 ... .

and has been like that for approx. 45 mins? (17:58 UK time) - ANY ADVICE please?

...Looks like I need to get version V5.3 of the SRM firmware as an intermediate step and so does anyone know where on line to go for this, please? :?:
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somersdave
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Posts: 62
Location: bristol,UK
Joined: 23.03.07
Posted on November 05 2007 04:18
Thanks Stephen, i'm now getting further into the boot up but I think that i'll need to start learning about disk configuration as that seems to be the next hurdle. I noted down a few days ago a 'MOUNT-F-BADPARAM' error when using INITIALIZE. dave
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somersdave
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Posts: 62
Location: bristol,UK
Joined: 23.03.07
Posted on November 21 2007 10:03
Hi Stephen, Sorry to be slow replying. The mount error was something of a 'red herring' as tried the command with DRMA0: smileyops: which is an 'SWXCR RAID controller'

The 4000 has six 4.3 Gb disks and the 2nd one from the right has a yellow light illuminated (other green disk lights illuminate as the machine is powered up)

The CD i have is in fact OpenVMS 7.2

from SYSBOOT> continue

enter date / time

some messages, including:

SCSI channel 0 target 0 dead
channel 1 target 1 dead

The Operator console appears

selecting DCL option and "SHOW DEV D"

DAD0: ONLINE
DKA500: mounted wrtlck
DRMA0: ONLINE
DVA0: ONLINE

DAD0: /ALL type unknown, online, file oriented, shareable, error logging enabled, device is template only

when trying MOUNT DAD0: "template device cannot be allocated"

another device DAD1: "appeared" (at some point) and this gave the error
"MOUNT_F_NOTQUEUED"

when trying the INSTALL option (after exiting DCL)

Patch kits available
VMS62TO71U2_PCSI V1.0

then selecting INITIALIZE

select target disk fails : for reasons above.

I'm reading the RAID configuration utility USERS GUIDE AA-R07GA-TE
as i assume that's the way to proceed.

The 4000 has a Mylex DAC960 controller. I read that if an Alpha had been running WINDOWS NT then that can cause disk problems. I believe that someone had (at least) tried to install NT.

I hope that using the RCU software will allow some progress but wonder if the 4000 might have some other problems. Dave
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