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- Updated: Wednesday, August 4, 1999
- Firmware Internet Readme - AlphaStation 200/250 
-
- Copy Firmware Release Notes 
- The release notes provide the name(s) of the firmware update
- utility file(s) you need to run on your Alpha system, and walk
- you through the firmware update procedure. From the table below,
- download the release notes from the doc directory in the V5.5 CD
- area. 
-
- Adobe Acrobat
- alpha200_v70_fw_relnote.pdf
-
- PostscriptText
- alpha200_v70_fw_relnote.psalpha200_v70_fw_relnote.txt
-
- Choose a method for updating the firmware 
-
- The firmware update methods supported for the AlphaStation
- 200/250 are shown in the table below. Click on a method for
- detailed instructions on updating the firmware using that
- method. 
-
- Update Method -
-
- Bootable Disk A: FAT-formatted Floppy
- * create a bootable FAT-formatted (DOS) floppy disk.
- This disk can be created on any system that can create
- a FAT floppy (Win NT, Win 95, DOS, etc.)
-
- Bootable Disk B: OpenVMS
- * create a bootable FILES11 (VMS file format) floppy disk
-
- Bootable Disk C: Digital UNIX
- * create a bootable floppy disk.
-
- BOOTP: Network access to Digital UNIX server
- * to update firmware over a network using BOOTP protocol
-  
- MOP: Network access to OpenVMS server
- * to update firmware over a network using MOP protocol
-
- System disk: OpenVMS
- * update firmware by copying the firmware files to the
-   OpenVMS system disk and then booting the update utility
-   directly from that disk
-
- Important: The default settings on some browsers may
- cause downloading problems with filenames having the
- extensions *.sys, *.btp, and *.rom. If you experience
- difficulties downloading files of those types, please add
- those extensions to MIME type application/octet-stream. 
-
-
-
- *-*-* Bootable Floppy A - FAT Floppy 
- From the table below, download the appropriate firmware update 
- image from the alpha200 directory in the V5.5 CD area
-
- Model                              Firmware Image
- AlphaStation 200/250 Model 4/xxx   as200_v7_0.exe
-
- Copy the downloaded file to a blank FAT formatted floppy as 
- a:\fwupdate.exe. 
- IMPORTANT: The file must be named fwupdate.exe, and must be 
- placed in the top-most level (root) directory on the floppy, or 
- the image file will not be found properly. 
-
- ARC Console: Place the floppy in the target system, and from the 
-              ARC Console menu, select "Install new firmware".
- BIOS Console: Place the floppy in the target system, and 
-               from the AlphaBIOS menu, select "Update AlphaBIOS". 
-
- For more detailed instructions, please refer to the release notes. 
-
-
-
- *-*-* Bootable Floppy B - Make a Bootable Floppy (OpenVMS systems) 
-
- From the table below, download the appropriate firmware update 
- image from the alpha200 directory in the V5.5 CD area
-
- ModelFirmware                      Image
- AlphaStation 200/250 Model 4/xxx   as200_v7_0.exe
-
- Rename the downloaded file to fwupdate.exe. 
-
- Note: If your floppy drive is named something other than dva0, 
-       use that name instead of dva0 in the following steps.
-
- Enter the following commands in the directory containing 
- fwupdate.exe on an OpenVMS system to make a bootable floppy: 
-
- $ set file/attr=(rfm:fix,lrl:512,mrs:512,rat:none) fwupdate.exe
- $ init/dens=HD/index=begin dva0: fwupdate
- $ mount dva0: fwupdate
- $ create/dir dva0:[alpha200]
- $ copy/contiguous fwupdate.exe dva0:[alpha200]
- $ mcr writeboot
- No
- Yes
- [enter AXP bootfile:] dva0:[alpha200]fwupdate.exe
- $ dismount dva0: 
-
- Insert the floppy on the target system and boot it from the SRM 
- console: 
-
- P00>>> boot dva0
-
- For more detailed instructions, please refer to the release notes. 
-
-
-
- *-*-* Bootable Floppy C - Boot Floppy (Digital UNIX systems) 
-
- From the table below, download the appropriate firmware update 
- image from the alpha200 directory in the V5.5 CD area
-
- ModelFirmware                      Image
- AlphaStation 200/250 Model 4/xxx   as200_v7_0.exe
-
- Rename the downloaded file to fwupdate.exe. 
-
- Download the file mkbootfirm.tar from the utilities directory in 
- the top level of the firmware area. 
-
- You can untar mkbootfirm on a Digital UNIX system with the 
- command: 
-
- tar xvf mkbootfirm.tar 
-
- Make sure you have a floppy that has been low-level formatted. 
- For example, to low-level format a floppy in drive zero:
-
- fddisk -fmt /dev/rfd0a
-
- Run mkbootfirm on the .exe firmware image that you downloaded. 
- mkbootfirm uses a .exe firmware image to create a file that can 
- be dd'd to a floppy.
-
- Enter the following command to create a bootable floppy from a 
- downloaded .exe firmware image:
-
- ./mkbootfirm fwupdate.exe | dd of=/dev/rfd0c bs=64k 
-
- NOTE: This assumes the mkbootfirm executable is in the current
-       directory and that the floppy is in drive zero.
-
- Insert the floppy on the target system and boot it from the SRM 
- console: 
-
- P00>>> boot dva0 
-
- For more detailed instructions, please refer to the release notes. 
-
-
-
- *-*-* BOOTP - Network Update Using the BOOTP protocol (Digital UNIX 
-               systems) 
-
- From the table below, download the appropriate firmware update 
- image from the alpha200 directory in the V5.5 CD area.
-
- Model                              Firmware Image
- AlphaStation 200/250 Model 4/xxx   as200_v7_0.exe
-
- Copy the downloaded file to a UNIX based network server for 
- BOOTP booting on the target system. For details on configuring 
- the BOOTP server, refer to Digital UNIX documentation or the 
- target system's Firmware Release Notes document. 
-
-
-
- *-*-* MOP - Network Update Using the MOP protocol (OpenVMS systems) 
-
- From the table below, download the appropriate firmware update 
- image from the alpha200 directory in the V5.5 CD area
-
- Model                              Firmware Image
- AlphaStation 200/250 Model 4/xxx   as200_v7_0.sys
-
- Copy the downloaded file to an OpenVMS based network server for 
- MOP booting on the target system. For details on configuring the 
- MOP server, refer to OpenVMS documentation or the target 
- system's Firmware Release Notes document. 
-
- To ensure that the downloaded file is in a proper VMS fixed 
- record format, please use the following command before using the 
- file for MOP booting: 
-
- $ set file/attr=(rfm:fix,lrl:512,mrs:512,rat:none) 
- "fwupdate.sys" 
-
- NOTE: Replace "fwupdate.sys" with the name of the firmware image 
-       you downloaded. 
-
-
-
- *-*-* System Disk - Boot the Update Utility from an
-                     OpenVMS System Disk 
-
- From the table below, download the appropriate firmware update 
- image from the alpha200 directory in the V5.5 CD area
-
- Model                              Firmware Image
- AlphaStation 200/250 Model 4/xxx   as200_v7_0.exe
-
- Rename the downloaded file to fwupdate.exe. 
- Enter the following commands on the target OpenVMS system:
- $ set file/attr=(rfm:fix,lrl:512,mrs:512,rat:none) fwupdate.exe
- $ copy/contiguous fwupdate.exe "system_disk":[sys0.sysexe] 
-
- NOTE: Insert the name of your system disk in place of 
-       "system_disk", for example dka100:. 
-
- Shut down the operating system, to get to the console prompt. 
- Boot the update utility from the console as follows: 
-
- P00>>> boot dka100 -flags 0,a0 
-
- NOTE: Replace dka100 with the "system_disk" from previous step. 
-       After some printouts, you will be asked for the bootfile.
-       Enter the directory and file name as follows : 
-
- Bootfile: [sys0.sysexe]fwupdate.exe 
-
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