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Console Firmware update: CPU type question

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Peter Wang_4
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Console Firmware update: CPU type question

Hi all,
I want to update console firmware on a ES40 running 5.1A. Since I don't have Alpha firmware update CD, so I choose updating firmware from floppys and downloaded the instruction.
Following is a portion of update instruction:
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Insert Diskette #2 to update SRM and AlphaBIOS

If you have EV6 CPUs do:
UPD> update srm -path fat:\clsrmrom.exe/dva0
UPD> update abios -path fat:\clarcrom.exe/dva0
If you have EV67 or EV68 CPUs do:
UPD> update srm -path fat:\cl67.exe/dva0
UPD> update abios -path fat:\clarcrom.exe/dva0 ...
UPD> exit
End of procedure
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I was confussed by the term of EV6, EV67, and EV68. Here is my question, how to find out the CPU type in ES40? any command?
I tried
# sizer -implver
EV6
but
# psrinfo -v
shows "the alpha EV6.8AL(21264B) processor operates at 834 MHz, ..."

thanks in advance,

Peter
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Abdul Rahiman
Esteemed Contributor
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Re: Console Firmware update: CPU type question

I think the psrinfo command or better yet, hwmgr command will show you the actual model of the CPU.

Try this command also,
# hwmgr -get attr -cat cpu | more

It shows the same as psrinfo, and seems to be correct in my case.

regds,
Abdul.
No unix, no fun
Peter Wang_4
Occasional Contributor

Re: Console Firmware update: CPU type question

Abdul,
On my ES40, the hwmgr shows "sub_category = EV6.8AL (21264B)". Perfect, the same as the output of "psrinfo -v"
BTW. I know HP-UX and Solaris, but not Tru64. I must know what I am doing.
So I have following question:
Going back to my question, does EV6.8AL imply EV68 in above procedure?

Thanks a lot,

P
Abdul Rahiman
Esteemed Contributor

Re: Console Firmware update: CPU type question

Peter,

I did 'google' around a bit to find some more info. between EV6.8 and EV68 and what it looks like is they both are the same. I think the key though is the model number, i.e., 21264B.

Here is a URL where there is a nice table specs of the various alpha cpu models.
http://www3.sympatico.ca/n.rieck/links/compaq_memorial_site.html

Funny it's called Compaq memorial site...!

HTH,
Abdul.
No unix, no fun
Ralf Puchner
Honored Contributor

Re: Console Firmware update: CPU type question

"show config" on srm?

Btw. the compaq-memorial page is great and hopefully alpha will be in mind if products based on key techniques of the chip will be available after its timeframe.

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Ravi_8
Honored Contributor

Re: Console Firmware update: CPU type question

Hi peter

psrinfo -v o/p is the right one.
by the way EV6.8 and EV68 both are same
never give up
Peter Wang_4
Occasional Contributor

Re: Console Firmware update: CPU type question

Got it!

Thanks to all,

P