Post by Larkin Nickle
What's your budget? Too far into this effort, and maybe acquiring an
AlphaServer DS10 or AlphaServer DS15 from elsewhere is cheaper, if you
really want Alpha and not AXPbox, etc.
I do have some other (working) Alpha hardware, it'd just be nice to get this machine working too if possible.
No beeps tends to mean a (partial) power supply failure, or a main
board failure, or a processor failure. Check the power supply voltage
setting, too—these didn't auto-sense, IIRC.
These DEC boxes (DPWS, XP1000) are increasingly problematic in recent
years generally, due to corrosion, component failures, and plastic
The power supply voltage setting is set properly, and the PSU is outputting the proper voltages on the proper pins - I checked that as well. I guess the most likely things are that I have a dead CPU or mobo indeed.
The link Hoff provided appeared to be the Intel (not Alpha) version of
the PWS Service Maintenance Manual.
Assuming that's not what you wanted, one flavour of a relevant Alpha
version is findable as MIATASG.ZIP e.g. at
There are a few other relevant files in that directory too.
Download and unzip MIATASG.ZIP (it's a collection of html pages), then
point your favourite browser at:
which should be the
DIGITAL Personal Workstation System Reference and Maintenance Guide
I've got a local copy squirreled away somewhere but not instantly
available. (I've got an actual PWS squirreled away too, again not
The same directory on cilinder.be also contains a PDF of the PWS a/au
Series Installation and Setup Guide, which includes some basic
troubleshooting info on what to do if the system appears lifeless at
power on. Worth a look.
Good luck, have a lot of fun.