Don't use Alphabios. Use the SRM console. Basically with these machines, you
can select between two different bios's. The Alphabios is there for
compatibility with Windows NT. The latest version of SRM is around 7.2. The
latest version of Alphabios is around 5.70.
Read about it on www.linuxalpha.org or www.alphalinux.org (I forget which).
You should be able to press F2 while Alphabios is starting up, Choose the CMOS
configuration, and tell it to boot up using the Unix SRM console (not the VMS
SRM). Then you want to use Aboot as your boot loader instead of Milo.
Download and install the latest version of Alphabios and SRM. Maybe it will
work better now.
Now that you've done that, you'll find that SRM is like a mini OS. It has
commands such as SHOW, HELP, and GREP. For example, say SHOW DEV and it will
show you all of your devices such as ethernet, cdrom, scsi/ide drives, etc...
Type SHOW | GREP BOOT and it will show you just your boot up options.
Read carefully in the Debian Alpha Install guide. There are some issues with
the partitions regarding BSD Disklabels.
I have a Digital Personal Workstation (PWS) 600a running RedHat7.1 and I just
installed my first Debian install on a PWS 433a. I'm loving them. A little
slow with KDE, but if you don't run a window environment these things absolutely
rock as servers.
Since you're new to Alpha and I'm new to Debian, maybe we can help each other
out. Feel free to email me if you have any more trouble.
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