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Re: Howto run Linux on ACER PICA 61

To: Alexander Voropay <a.voropay@vmb-service.ru>
Subject: Re: Howto run Linux on ACER PICA 61
From: Ralf Baechle <ralf@linux-mips.org>
Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2004 21:38:39 +0200
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On Tue, Jun 22, 2004 at 08:23:57PM +0400, Alexander Voropay wrote:

>  I've just got (for free :) an ancient MIPS ACER PICA 61 motherboard.
> 
>  Can anyone help/guide me to run Linux-MIPS on this machine ?
> Is it still possible to run Linux on this architecture ?
> 
>  The motherboard is old (~1993) and it is very difficult to find
> any documentations... AFAIK, this is version of ARC MIPS.
> (mipsel)
> 
> 
>  This is Full-size AT board, AT power supply, 5 ISA slots, 8 SIMM
> slots. The CPU is PACEMIPS R4000-50Mhz (x2=100 internal ???) by
> Performance Semiconductor Corp.. NatSemi Ethernet/AUI onboard.
> No IDE connector. One additional slot is not ISA, but maked as
> IO an contains SCSI/Floppy/Serial/Perallel/Mice card. Another slot
> is like reversed EISA (double) and marked as VIO (locabus video?).
> Unfortunately, the original videocard is lost. :(

Great.  Because that was a S3 968 video card which for it's time was
delivering quite a nice performance.

> However it works fine with old CirrusLogic VGA card in ISA slot (old
> ISA Trident 8900/9000 does not works).

Linux has code for this system but it's suffering from severe bitrot.
I still have the documents here so I could help you a bit if you were
willing to resurrect the kernel - which should be relativly easy, also
due to the system's similarity to another, somewhat better supported
system, the Olivetti M700-10.

  Ralf

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