[Wolves] Offer: Digital Alpha Server 800 5/400

Adam Sweet drinky76 at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 15 22:30:04 GMT 2007

Owing to my desire to get rid of stuff I have lying
around unused...

Free to good home:

1 x Digital Alpha Server 800 5/400 as described at


1 x 400MHz Alpha EV56 'Noritake' processor
1 x QLogic ISP1020 SCSI card
1 x 18GB SCSI hard disk
2 x Digital 'tulip' network cards

Some random hardware output:

cpu			: Alpha
cpu model		: EV56
cpu variation		: 7
cpu revision		: 0
cpu serial number	: 
system type		: Noritake
system variation	: 0
system revision		: 0
system serial number	: ay71825403
cycle frequency [Hz]	: 400000000 
timer frequency [Hz]	: 1024.00
page size [bytes]	: 8192
phys. address bits	: 40
max. addr. space #	: 127
BogoMIPS		: 795.24
kernel unaligned acc	: 0 (pc=0,va=0)
user unaligned acc	: 0 (pc=0,va=0)
platform string		: AlphaServer 800 5/400
cpus detected		: 1

        total:    used:    free:  shared: buffers: 
Mem:  393330688 181067776 212262912        0 12836864
Swap: 836296704        0 836296704

MemTotal:       384112 kB
MemFree:        207288 kB
MemShared:           0 kB
Buffers:         12536 kB
Cached:         122232 kB
SwapCached:          0 kB
Active:          66440 kB
Inactive:        89960 kB
HighTotal:           0 kB
HighFree:            0 kB
LowTotal:       384112 kB
LowFree:        207288 kB
SwapTotal:      816696 kB
SwapFree:       816696 kB

Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda3              16G  1.9G   14G  13% /
tmpfs                 188M     0  188M   0% /dev/shm
/dev/sda2              72M  7.1M   61M  11% /boot

0000:00:05.0 SCSI storage controller: QLogic Corp.
ISP1020 Fast-wide SCSI (rev 02)
0000:00:06.0 VGA compatible controller: S3 Inc.
86c764/765 [Trio32/64/64V+]
0000:00:07.0 Non-VGA unclassified device: Intel Corp.
82375EB/SB PCI to EISA Bridge (rev 15)
0000:00:0b.0 Ethernet controller: Digital Equipment
Corporation DECchip 21140 [FasterNet] (rev 20)
0000:00:0c.0 Ethernet controller: Digital Equipment
Corporation DECchip 21140 [FasterNet] (rev 20)

QLogic ISP1020 SCSI on PCI bus 00 device 28 irq 17 MEM
base 0xfffffc86022a0000

Attached devices: 
Host: scsi0 Channel: 00 Id: 02 Lun: 00
  Vendor: COMPAQ   Model: BB01811C9C       Rev: 3B05
  Type:   Direct-Access                    ANSI SCSI
revision: 02
Host: scsi0 Channel: 00 Id: 04 Lun: 00
  Vendor: DEC      Model: RRD46   (C) DEC  Rev: 0557
  Type:   CD-ROM                           ANSI SCSI
revision: 02

Currently has Debian 3.1 Stable installed.

My fun with installing this machine and therefore
hints on reinstalling or getting it to boot at:


Case is a bit damaged and one side doesn't easily stay
on, but so far as I can tell, the hardware is fine.

Just in case anyone is in any doubt, this is not an
x86 machine, it has an Alpha processor and therefore
needs a distribution compiled for the Alpha
architecture. Debian are the only mainstream
distribution I am aware of that provides one.

It's previous owners were Sparkes and before that,
Peter Cannon I think, before that who knows. Sparkes
told me when he gave it to me that I wouldn't able to
get X running on it and he was right, it seems nobody
else archived by Google up until when I tried in April
last year was either.

If you would like a tough, heavy, reliable piece of
computing history to experience a non-Intel/AMD
architecture then this is for you. I believe however
that it may well be power hungry and heat generating.
If you don't want to keep it, then play with it and
pass it on again.

First person to mail me back and offer to collect it
wins :) As I said, you need to collect this by car as
it's heavy.




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