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11<version>2.00</version> 11<version>2.01</version>
12<date>2005-03-28</date> 12<date>2005-03-29</date>
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14<section> 14<section>
15<title>Hardware Requirements</title> 15<title>Hardware Requirements</title>
16<subsection> 16<subsection>
17<title>Introduction</title> 17<title>Introduction</title>
18<body> 18<body>
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20<p> 20<p>
21Before we start, we first list what hardware requirements you need to 21Before we start, we first list what hardware requirements you need to
22successfully install Gentoo on your box. 22successfully install Gentoo on your box.
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25</body> 25</body>
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455firmware. It is loosely synonymous with the BIOS software on PC systems. There 455firmware. It is loosely synonymous with the BIOS software on PC systems. There
456are two types of firmware on Alpha systems: SRM (<e>Systems Reference 456are two types of firmware on Alpha systems: SRM (<e>Systems Reference
457Manual</e>) and ARC (<e>Advanced Risc Console</e>). 457Manual</e>) and ARC (<e>Advanced Risc Console</e>).
458</p> 458</p>
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460<p> 460<p>
461SRM is based on the Alpha Console Subsystem specification, which provides an 461SRM is based on the Alpha Console Subsystem specification, which provides an
462operating environment for OpenVMS, Tru64 UNIX, and Linux operating systems. ARC 462operating environment for OpenVMS, Tru64 UNIX, and Linux operating systems. ARC
463is based on the Advanced RISC Computing (ARC) specification, which provides 463is based on the Advanced RISC Computing (ARC) specification, which provides
464an operating environment for Windows NT. You can find a 464an operating environment for Windows NT. You can find a
465<uri link="http://www.alphalinux.org/faq/SRM-HOWTO/">detailed guide</uri> on 465<uri link="http://www.alphalinux.org/faq/SRM-HOWTO/">detailed guide</uri> on
466using SRM over at the Alpha Linux website. 466using SRM over at the Alpha Linux website.
467</p> 467</p>
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469<p> 469<p>
470If your Alpha system supports both SRC and ARCs (ARC, AlphaBIOS, ARCSBIOS) you 470If your Alpha system supports both SRM and ARCs (ARC, AlphaBIOS, ARCSBIOS) you
471should follow <uri link="http://www.alphalinux.org/faq/x31.html">these 471should follow <uri link="http://www.alphalinux.org/faq/x31.html">these
472instructions</uri> for switching to SRM. If your system already uses SRM, you 472instructions</uri> for switching to SRM. If your system already uses SRM, you
473are all set. If your system can only use ARCs (Ruffian, nautilus, xl, etc.) you 473are all set. If your system can only use ARCs (Ruffian, nautilus, xl, etc.) you
474will need to choose <c>MILO</c> later on when we are talking about bootloaders. 474will need to choose <c>MILO</c> later on when we are talking about bootloaders.
475</p> 475</p>
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477<p> 477<p>
478Now to boot an Alpha Installation CD, put the CD-ROM in the tray and reboot the 478Now to boot an Alpha Installation CD, put the CD-ROM in the tray and reboot the
479system. You can use SRM to boot the Installation CD. If you cannot do that, you 479system. You can use SRM to boot the Installation CD. If you cannot do that, you
480will have to use <c>MILO</c>. If you don't have <c>MILO</c> installed already, 480will have to use <c>MILO</c>. If you don't have <c>MILO</c> installed already,
481use one of the precompiled <c>MILO</c> images available on <uri 481use one of the precompiled <c>MILO</c> images available on <uri
482link="http://dev.gentoo.org/~taviso/milo/">taviso's homepage</uri>. 482link="http://dev.gentoo.org/~taviso/milo/">taviso's homepage</uri>.
483</p> 483</p>
484 484
485<pre caption="Booting a CD-ROM using SRM"> 485<pre caption="Booting a CD-ROM using SRM">

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