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Author Boot-Problems on AlphaPC 164 Board

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Posted on November 26 2006 01:32
when turning on my AlphaPC there is no Screen-Output. Power-on is indicated, HDDs are rotating but nothing else happens. I thought the former user set up a serial console so i tried via terminal emulator to get a screen (via cross-over serial connection). It didn't work either.

I am not pretty sure about about the system but i think that it is an A5000 which was selled by Vobis/Highscreen in 1998. There is no brand on the case and the numbers found on the mainboard didn't show me anything via google. I found some mainboard mauals and so i an sure that it is a 164 board, but i have no idea if it is a SX or LX.

If someone knows how to do a hardware reset on this Alpha or how to get the serial console or the graphical interface work, please help me.

PS: I am not sure about the installed system.
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Posted on December 06 2006 05:00
when turning on my AlphaPC there is no Screen-Output. Power-on is indicated, HDDs are rotating but nothing else happens. I thought the former user set up a serial console so i tried via terminal emulator to get a screen (via cross-over serial connection). It didn't work either.
It sounds like it could have a major problem. If it's got a graphics card, I would think you'd see something come up on it. It the drives power up, but after a while, there's no activity, then it would appear that it's not auto-booting, either. smiley

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Posted on September 05 2007 13:55
I'm rather late at this, but thought I'd give my $.02. Have a look at the 164LX and the 164SX motherboard technical reference manuals. On page 22 on both of these manuals there is a schematic of the board. That should help you sort out which of the two is yours.

When you have found out which of the two boards is in your computer, go over to http://ftp.digital.com/pub/Digital/Alpha/firmware/ and download the latest SRM firmware for it (or follow the instructions for creating a firmware cd). You can then enter Failsafe mode (check the manual you downloaded earlier for the SW1 switch) and update the firmware in your board's flash memory, eventually erasing any and all tweaks the previous owner had made.
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