The firmware is being reloaded because the original AlphaStation 500 hardware failed. Another AlphaStation 500 was purchased and the internal components were swapped. The replacement AlphaStation 500 was running VMS V6.x and not V7.3-2. While attempting to boot the original HDD, the console message reported that the firmware needed to be upgraded to at least V7.2.
I will try removing the PCI peripherals before the next firmware upgrade attempt.
I actually think the EB code means that the firmware cannot determine the processor speed, which is supposed to be a non-fatal error.
I did not see the connection between "pulling the PCI hardware" and "forcing the failsafe" update, so I "pulled the PCI hardware" first.
Removing all of the adapter cards, in this case, the 100 Mb ethernet card, the video graphics card and the SCSI controller card, allowed the AlphaStation to complete the P.O.S.T. past the ".eb." code. After the update, one PCI adapter at a time was re-installed and a test firmware update was performed. The test updates were successful until the video graphics card (PBXGB-AA) was re-installed. That adapter consistently caused the P.O.S.T. to hang at ".eb.".
The firmware update from the floppy was not necessary since I had a CD-ROM from DEC/Compaq/HP.
malmberg December 12 2017 HPE only makes the most current version of OpenVMS Alpha / IA64 /VAX available to hobbyists. When I had access to the Alliance 1 program it was the same. No public downloads are allowed by HPE.
nmbonao December 08 2017 Is anybody knows OpenVMS 8.2 version downloadable version? or CD copy? Thank you very much
aarommes December 02 2017 Bitcoin and Blockchain enthusiasts ( plus distributed computing ) please connec / reply: http://www.openvmshobbyis t.com/forum/viewthread.ph p?forum_id=130&thread_id= 2991
malmberg September 10 2017 https://sourceforge.net/p /vms-ports/wiki/VMSInstal lation/ For the most part just use VMS 6.1 media instead of 7.3. But why run the older release?
DoeveR August 07 2017 Where can I find the write up on running VMS 6.1 using the simh emulator?
Bart March 20 2017 Happy to have found my password again!