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OpenVMS VMS731_LAN-V0100 Alpha V7.3-1 LAN ECO Summary
TITLE: OpenVMS VMS731_LAN-V0100 Alpha V7.3-1 LAN ECO Summary
 
NOTE:  An OpenVMS saveset or PCSI installation file is stored
       on the Internet in a self-expanding compressed file.
 
       For OpenVMS savesets, the name of the compressed saveset
       file will be kit_name.a-dcx_vaxexe for OpenVMS VAX or
       kit_name.a-dcx_axpexe for OpenVMS Alpha. Once the OpenVMS
       saveset is copied to your system, expand the compressed
       saveset by typing RUN kitname.dcx_vaxexe or kitname.dcx_alpexe.
 
       For PCSI files, once the PCSI file is copied to your system,
       rename the PCSI file to kitname.pcsi-dcx_axpexe or
       kitname.pcsi-dcx_vaxexe, then it can be expanded by typing
       RUN kitname.pcsi-dcx_axpexe or kitname.pcsi-dcx_vaxexe.  The
       resultant file will be the PCSI installation file which can be
       used to install the ECO.
 

New Kit Date:       23-DEC-2002
Modification Date:  Not Applicable
Modification Type:  NEW KIT

Copyright (c) Compaq Computer Corporation 2001,2002.  All rights reserved.

OP/SYS:     OpenVMS Alpha

COMPONENT:  LAN

SOURCE:     Compaq Computer Corporation

ECO INFORMATION:

     ECO Kit Name:  VMS731_LAN-V0100
                    DEC-AXPVMS-VMS731_LAN-V0100--4.PCSI
     ECO Kits Superseded by This ECO Kit:  None 
     ECO Kit Approximate Size:  3888 Blocks
     Kit Applies To: OpenVMS Alpha V7.3-1
     System/Cluster Reboot Necessary:  Yes
     Rolling Re-boot Supported:  Yes
     Installation Rating:  INSTALL_2
                            2 - To  be  installed  by   all  customers  using  the  following
           			feature(s):

    				DEGXA PCI Gigabit Ethernet and Broadcom 5703 LOM
     Kit Dependencies:

       The following remedial kit(s) must be installed BEFORE
       installation of this kit:

         None 

       In order to receive all the corrections listed in this
       kit, the following remedial kits should also be installed:

         None 


ECO KIT SUMMARY:

An ECO kit exists for LAN components on OpenVMS Alpha V7.3-1.  
This kit addresses the following problems:


NEW FUNCTIONALITY PROVIDED IN VMS731_LAN-V0100 KIT

     o  OpenVMS V7.3-1 supported only the Broadcom 5703 LOM (LAN on
        motherboard) chip on the AlphaServer DS25, and that only in
        1000 mbit full-duplex mode.  This update adds full support for
        10 and 1000 mbit and half-duplex mode for the Broadcom 5703
        LOM as well as full support for the DEGXA-SA (fiber 5703 NIC)
        and DEGXA-TA (UTP 5703 NIC).

          Images Affected:[SYS$LDR]SYS$EW5700.EXE


     o  This kit provides boot support over the Broadcom 5703 LOM and
        the DEGXA NICs.  Note that a console firmware update may be
        needed as well.

          Images Affected:[SYS$LDR]SYS$EGBTDRIVER.EXE
		 	  [SYSEXE]APB.EXE
                	  [SYSEXE]DEBUG_APB.EXE
 		          [SYSEXE]APB_BOOTP.EXE


PROBLEMS ADDRESSED IN VMS731_LAN-V0100 KIT

     o  The following two EIDRIVER runtime driver changes have been
        made:

           o  If large numbers of TCP/IP telnet sessions are active,
              EIDRIVER may crash if the number of transmit segments for
              a transmit request reaches the limit and the last segment
              crosses a page boundary.  This fix corrects an off-by-one
              check in the driver.

           o  Transmit or receive requests issued through the QIO
              interface which specify 64-bit buffers are returned with
              error status.  This fix sets a flag in the driver function
              table that that says 64-bit addresses are supported.


          Images Affected:[SYS$LDR]SYS$EIDRIVER.EXE


     o  The following two EW1000A runtime driver changes have been
        made:

           o  Transmit or receive requests, issued through the QIO
              interface which specify 64-bit buffers, are returned with
              error status.  This fix sets a flag in the driver function
              table that that says 64-bit addresses are supported.

           o  On rare occasions, the DEGPA firmware fails to write the
              proper data into a receive return entry.  The DEGPA driver
              verifies that the return entry contains the expected data
              and if it does not match what is expected, the driver
              crashes the system with a NETDLLERR bug check.  A driver
              change is now implemented to detect this exact condition
              and reset and restart the DEGPA rather than crash the
              system.  The driver will still crash the system if the
              return entry data does not match and it does not detect
              the condition where the DEGPA has failed to update the
              return entry.  So we avoid crashing in the benign error
              case.


          Images Affected:[SYS$LDR]SYS$EW1000A.EXE


     o  The following EW5700A runtime driver change has been made:

           o  OpenVMS V7.3-1 only supported the Broadcom 5703 LOM (LAN
              on motherboard) chip on the AlphaServer DS25, and that,
              only in 1000 mbit full-duplex mode.  This update adds full
              support for 10 and 1000 mbit and half-duplex mode for the
              Broadcom 5703 LOM as well as full support for the DEGXA-SA
              (fiber 5703 NIC) and DEGXA-TA (UTP 5703 NIC).


          Images Affected:[SYS$LDR]SYS$EW1000A.EXE





INSTALLATION NOTES:

This kit requires a system reboot.  Compaq strongly recommends that
a  reboot  is performed immediately after kit installation to avoid
system instability

If you have other nodes in your OpenVMS cluster, they must also  be
rebooted  in  order  to make use of the new image(s).  If it is not
possible or convenient to reboot the entire cluster at this time, a
rolling re-boot may be performed.

INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Install this kit with the POLYCENTER Software installation utility
by logging into the SYSTEM account, and typing the following at the
DCL prompt:

PRODUCT INSTALL VMS731_LAN /SOURCE=[location of Kit]

The kit location may be a tape drive, CD, or a disk directory that
contains the kit.

Additional help on installing PCSI kits can be found by typing
HELP PRODUCT INSTALL at the system prompt

Special Installation Instructions:

     o  Scripting of Answers to Installation Questions

        During installation, this kit will ask and require user
        response to several questions.  If you wish to automate the
        installation of this kit and avoid having to provide responses
        to these questions, you must create a DCL command procedure
        that includes the following definitions and commands:

           -  $ DEFINE/SYS NO_ASK$BACKUP TRUE

           -  $ DEFINE/SYS NO_ASK$REBOOT TRUE

           -  Add the following qualifiers to the PRODUCT INSTALL
              command and add that command to the DCL procedure.

                /PROD=DEC/BASE=AXPVMS/VER=V1.0


           -  De-assign the logicals assigned

        For example, a sample command file to install the
        VMS731_LAN-V0100 kit would be:

          $
          $ DEFINE/SYS NO_ASK$BACKUP TRUE
          $ DEFINE/SYS NO_ASK$REBOOT TRUE
          $!
          $ PROD INSTALL VMS731_LAN/PROD=DEC/BASE=AXPVMS/VER=V1.0
          $!
          $ DEASSIGN/SYS NO_ASK$BACKUP
          $ DEASSIGN/SYS NO_ASK$REBOOT
          $!
          $ exit



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