Internet Explorer 2.0, I started the arduous process of updating my installation to more recent versions of software.
Internet Explorerto the latest available which happens to be version 5. Like Service Pack 6, it was an effort in a half to find Internet Explorer 5 for NT4 Alpha. To make it easier for folks, you can download it here.
Visual Studio 6installed and diving into
Windows NT 4Workstation or Server CD. On the CD there is also PPC and MIPS versions of the OS, though I do not know the exact models that are supported on those platforms.
HAL(Hardware Abstraction Layer) for the PWS to a floppy disk. Like many more than likely, I did not have a floppy disk drive handy. Fortunately USB floppy drives are only about $10 as of the time of this writing on Amazon, I picked up this External USB Floppy Drive for $11.25 shipped. In addition you'll need at least 1 3.5" floppy disk. Sometime in 1999 or 2000, I cleaned out my stock pile of floppy disks, but thankfully Amazon also had a 10 pack of Verbatim 3.5" floppy disks.
ELSA GLoria Synergyfrom my DS20E AlphaServer. This card is a 3DLabs Permedia 2 8mb PCI Video Card that can do up to 1920x1200 @ 16BPP. A huge upgrade over the Diamond Stealth 64 2001 (1mb) PCI Video Card that came in my PWS. On an interesting side note, when the PWS 433a debuted in 1996, I was also running a Diamond Stealth 64 2001 in my 75mhz Pentium and 3 summers later in 1999 I was running a Diamond FireGL 1000 Pro (3DLabs Permedia 2) along with a Diamond Monster 3D II (12mb version). I find it funny my little desktop, several factors cheaper at the same time frame had the same graphics card. You would have thought
Digitalwould have put a higher end graphics card in their "workstation" than a S3 Trio 64 based card.
Windows NT 4CD and HAL floppy disk in hand, simply insert the CD and in the AlphaBIOS select Install Windows NT.
DEC PCI Ethernet DC21142. I don't have the
MiataGLrevised motherboard so this may not be the correct model for you (if you had USB ports you have the
NTFSand afterwards I was presented with the expected login screen:
ELSA GLoria Synergywas not bundled with NT4 for Alpha, I did some searching on the Internet and fortunately was able to find the driver. I've locally hosted the file, here to make it easier to get going. After a reboot I was presented with a 640x480x16bpp resolution instead of the 640x480x8bpp without the driver:
jcBENCHwith native Alpha/NT binaries.
OpenVMS. The 433au model has the
OpenVMScapable bios out of the box. I am not familiar with the process, but from what I gather it isn't terribly difficult.
PCIlooking connector that it connects to, if you receive a PWS that fails to power on - ensure it is fully connected.
Windows NTin mind with no manual configuration needed outside of creating a second partition to fill out the remaining space on the hard drive.
Windows NT 4 Workstationand subsequent updates required.