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bigmauler
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 10:05 pm    Post subject: Getting Gentoo on a Netapp F720 Alpha Reply with quote

Ok I am not even sure where to start. I got a Netapp F720 for free from a friend.

I doesn't have a CDrom drive but it does have a floppy drive.
these are the specs from some guys ebay listing since I didn't find any help on the netapp site. Oh it is an alpha processor.

(1) F720 Base w/ 256MB Memory
(2) Hot Swap Power Supplies
(1) Floppy Drive
(1) Mainboard and CPU
(1) 10/100 On-Board NIC
(1) Disk Cache Controller (NVRAM Card)
(1) 68 Pin On-Board SCSI Port
(1) PCI FC-AL Card (X2030B)
(1) 2.0m Filer to Shelf HSSDC - DB9 Fibre Channel Cable
(3) .5m Shelf to Shelf Cable
(2) FC-AL Terminator
(1) Console Cable DB9-DB9
(4) StorageShelf FC8 w/ Dual Power Supply

I don't have a hard drive yet but I wouldn't mind setting something up, is it possible to boot from another gentoo box? Just using the floppy? Anyone had any experience with anything similar?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't imagine there's much hope for running Gentoo on the Netapp, unless it happens to have an SRM or AlphaBIOS console you can play with. Can you post some pictures of the guts of the thing, specifically, the motherboard and processor? There's a very slim chance that Netapp used an OEM board in the thing, and you might be able to replace its firmware.... but the chances of that are extremely slim.

You won't find much data from Netapp, because they probably want to charge you for support.... :(
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