J, I had the same problem for a while and gave up on the floppies. I created a bootable CD-ROM and booted from it through the SRM console. There are bootable ISO's in the ALPHA/ directory on the ftp.freebsd.org (and mirrors) server.
In the SRM I found out which drive was the CD-ROM and told the console to boot from it. After the darkness and reboot of the SRM it booted and loaded the cdrom fine. I'm using 4.8-RELEASE on a Alpha 1000a on a EVA5. It's a little pokier than I remember on Tru64 4.0F but I am much more comfortable with FreeBSD and the lack of "License Paks" on this hardware. R. PS If you know more power to you but: 1 - To see which drives were identified by the SRM console type: >>> show config The drives should have funky names like dka#.0.0.#000.0 and the likes and a text string that 'may' identify the drive. 2 - Once you identify the drive you want to boot from type: >>> boot dka#.0.0.#000.0 The screen will go black and you will re-post. Hope this helps. On Fri, 15 Aug 2003, d wrote: > hi. im trying to install freebsd 5.1 to my alpha's. im new to all this but im > pretty sure ive done things properly so im sort of confused. here goes.. > i downloaded the kern.flp and mfsroot.flp using an ftp client in binary mode. i > used brand new disks which i formatted freshly before using both fdimage and rawrite > to write the images. (i've tried this process about a half dozen times now.. ) > each time i get an error that the disks arent bootable. (block 0 errors) any ideas? > > > thanks J > _______________________________________________ > [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list > http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions > To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]" > > _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"