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Author Alpha 1000A won't boot/stopped displaying video!

Posts: 7
Joined: 21.09.06
Posted on April 27 2009 12:53
Greetings !

I have an alpha 1000A/266 server that for some months now has stopped displaying video. The machine turns on, I can see the self-test lights on the hard disks lighting up (as well as the tape, floppy, cdrom, etc) but the monitor does not light up. It does not beep at all, and from what I can tell from the disk leds, it does not continue to boot. However occasionally something happens and I do get video/proper booting when I turn it up, but thats rare.

Any ideas?

P.S.: Prior to that I also got error messages of the type "Processor corrected error" and the OS would freeze (I've witnessed this with NetBSD and Tru64 v5 but not with OpenVMS 7.3 or debian etch!).
Author RE: Alpha 1000A won't boot/stopped displaying video!

Posts: 15
Location: BUTLER, PA
Joined: 03.12.06
Posted on April 28 2009 06:32
Depending on if the box is used for commercial purposes, upgrade, I would agree with replacing the unit with something newer. If this is for hobbyist needs, the RX2600's on ebay cheap.
Author RE: Alpha 1000A won't boot/stopped displaying video!

Posts: 7
Joined: 21.09.06
Posted on April 28 2009 12:58
Hi Stephen,
I`m not US-based so paying for shipment for such large computers is somewhat out of the question, not mentioning customs of course.

I also do not use the Alpha server for production purposes, I`m a hobbyist and I get a kick out of using it just for fun. Purchasing a intel machine is a bit irrelevant. I also don't care if the machine is somewhat low-end. If I wanted modern performance and features I would have stuck with some Dual core box with Ubuntu or something.

I mainly want to revive the machine because it hadn't got used that much and its a shame to end up in scraps.

Thanks for your input.

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