In article <daufk0$rcg$ XXXX@XXXXX.COM >, XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Phillip Helbig---remove CLOTHES to reply) writes:
:I managed to get an ALPHAserver 1200...
:I could get a Qlogic (QLA12160/66) dual ultra wide SCSI PCI controller.
: device = "Qlogic ISP12160 Ultra160"
:So, what are my chances of plugging the Qlogic (QLA12160/66) dual
:ultra wide SCSI PCI controller into the ALPHAserver 1200 running
:VMS 7.3-2 and getting it to work?
Try it, or find somebody that has already tried it -- preferably
in a similar system configuration, of course.
:What would be the easiest/cheapest possibility to install a PCI card in
:this machine? It's just a hobbyist machine so official support is not
:an issue, as long as it works reliably. Allegedly the newer ALPHAs use
:"industry standard PC-style PCI hardware", whatever that means. Do I
:stand a chance of buying a controller at a department store or somewhere
:like that at a reasonable price and have it work?
"It depends". If the device works like a supported device, you'll
be fine. If the device doesn't, well, you'll potentially have some
If you want to be certain the device will work, acquire a supported
This isn't intended to be evasive, either -- there's a misconception
around that I/O devices are compatible and interchangeable, and this
largely seems to arise from the gazillions of vendor-provided drivers
found in Microsoft Windows. Devices that are considered "compatible"
are not "identical", of course -- if the device was "identical", it
would be sold as such -- and "compatible" devices can require driver
modifications or other work within the host operating system. Devices
that we have tested and know work are on the supported hardware list.
If you want to see what options you have, visit the AlphaServer site
(via < http://www.yqcomputer.com/
;) and navigate down through to the
supported options list for the (retired servers) AlphaServer 1200
series. That box might be far enough back that you might also be
looking at the old DIGITAL Systems and Options Catalog (SOC), too.
Here's the direct (though volatile) URL:
I've certainly stuffed some odd widgets into various Alpha PCI buses,
and some have worked and some have not. Some I've written drivers for,
and some I've simply transfered tweaked entries from SYS$CONFIG.DAT over
into SYS$USER_CONFIG.DAT -- sometimes just the PCI id needs to be changed
and an existing (similar) driver can be borrowed, and sometimes you need
an updated or even a whole new device driver. And sometimes you crash,
and sometimes you bus-hang. Hardware support is nothing if not fun...
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