[rescue] Compaq Proliant 8000

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Thu Apr 29 15:22:18 CDT 2004

On Apr 29, 2004, at 3:50 PM, Charles Shannon Hendrix wrote:
>>> What about the idea that all cards would run a FORTH BIOS, so that 
>>> they
>>> could be used on any system?
>>> Why didn't that ever take off?
>> Apple, Sun, and IBM seem to think it has.  An increasing number of 
>> cards
>> is portable between systems.  OpenFirmware is a wonderful thing.
> Then why do the cards not work when I move them to other systems?
> I can often use them as a secondary, but can't seem to boot from them.
> For example, putting a non-Apple video card in an Apple.  Can't boot
> with it, but it seems fine as a secondary display card.

   Because many [primarily PC] PCI cards are made on the cheap, and omit 
the fcode stuff.  Without the fcode stuff, OpenFirmware can't deal 
directly with the card unless it's specifically built to support it.


Dave McGuire          "PC users only know two 'solutions'...
Cape Coral, FL          reboot and upgrade."    -Jonathan Patschke

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