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AlphaStation won't boot anymore.

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I've got an old AlphaStation that I tried to install FreeBSD on a while ago.
It all worked like a charm, untill it started initializing and formatting the partitions, I let it try this section of installation for 30+ minutes until I turned it of. Now when I start it I can't see anything on the screen, and the "failure" LED is constantly on.
If there is someone that has a clue about what I need to do to get it working again I am thankful.

More details can be revealed if anyone will try to help me.
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Question by:troopern
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by:Callandor
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Is this it? http://h18002.www1.hp.com/alphaserver/workstations/retired/xpseries/xp1000/
Are you able to try another hard disk in place of the old one?  The memory and processor look like they would be difficult to replace.
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by:troopern
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http://h18002.www1.hp.com/alphaserver/workstations/retired/a255series.html <- this is the one.. I think.. I'm not around to check it for certainity, but this is what I remember it should be.

I've tried another HDD, didn't work at all.
Haven't tried with new memory, since I don't ahve any SIM modules lying around.

CPU = Cheap,
MotherBoard(whith CPU free of charge) 24K Swedish Crowns + Taxes. So buying new parts is not an option :P
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by:Callandor
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Yikes!  If a crown = kronor, that would make it $3000!  I guess you're hoping it's something else.  Have you tried removing all cards except the video card, in case it's a bad card (like the SCSI card)?  I'm guessing the power supply is not a standard ATX pc power supply, since it's an Alpha chip?
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by:troopern
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yeah, crowns = kronor. It sure is expensive.
SCSI card i integrated and the only additional card there is is the GFX card. so that wont do it.
There is no indication that there should be any problems with the PSU, since it's working. No bad sounds not anything.
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by:Callandor
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A power supply can seem good but be unable to produce the current needed to start a system.  I don't know what an Alpha motherboard requires, though.

If it's not the power supply, I think you're out of options, then.  There's nothing to take out except the expensive stuff (the motherboard) and the stuff you don't have (the RAM).
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by:troopern
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If there is no other solution, I'll have to start looking for a new PSU, but where could I find such an OLD PSU these days ?
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300mega herz heck that is faster than this one:::::::    is it an AT power supply:::: also it isn't the cpu cause if it didn't work the computer won't either::::: try cmos::::: or bios::::::  is the cmos battery good:::::  does it beep at all:::: any sounds:::::::: is it full of dust inside????????
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Callandor earned 675 total points
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These guys seem to sell power supplies for DEC AlphaStations: http://www.varx.com/CAT/POWER_SUPPLIES.HTML

I don't know if they ship to Sweden, but maybe someplace closer sells them, since the parts seem available.
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by:troopern
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compfixer101:
haven't checked the cmos-battery, i've tried to access bios, and cleared cmos... and everything like that. but accessing bios is quite hard when there's no display signal from the box.
I don't rememver if it beeps right now. been a while since I played with it.
No dust at all inside it.

callandor:
will check em out then.
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by:troopern
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I haven't had time yet to check if the battery is the problem.. Will do when I have time, this question will be open till I do.
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by:troopern
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I've tried changing the CMOS battery, that didn't help at all.
And right nw I'm out of clues. Anyone that's got another tip ?

compfixer101, it doesn't beep at all.. it starts the PSU and lights the LED on the motherboard, then nothing else happends.
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by:Callandor
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No cheap solutions - that's an expensive machine to get parts for.
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by:troopern
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it sure is expensive to get parts for it. and I'm not willing to pay to get it working.. not that kind of money.
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by:Callandor
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Do you want to close this question as being not solvable for a reasonable price?  You can post a note in Community Support with a link to this.
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by:troopern
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I'll close this question and I will see to it that the points are split to your advantage.
Since you have been most active in trying to help me.
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by:Callandor
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Thanks!
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