[rescue] Motorola Powerstack

vance at neurotica.com vance at neurotica.com
Tue Aug 5 13:23:11 CDT 2003

On Tue, 5 Aug 2003, Meelis Roos wrote:

> I rescued a Motorola Powerstack computer. Seems to be a nice machine:
> 300 MHz PowerPC 604e, 256K L2 cache, 67 MHz FSB, 33 MHz PCI, 64M ECC EDO
> RAM, 10/100 network, some yet-to-be-identified SCSI controller with wide
> SCSI-III interface, 2.1G SCSI HDD, some cheap PCI video. It comes in a
> miditower Motorola case. Meant for WinNT/PPC and AIX - AFAIK.
> So far, so good. The only problem is that there seem to be two passwords
> in the BIOS - novice and admin. Both are set and both are unknown. And
> yes, it looks more like a BIOS than a PROM :) - its colorful and graphic
> and has menus and icons and can use ps2 mouse etc...:)

Cool.  An RS/6000-compatible.  There aren't all that many of them left.

> Without the password, the thing still tries to boot. It fails to load OS
> from the HDD, floppy and network. The device paths look like Open
> Firmware: /pci/ethernet at 4:bootp, /pci/scsi at 2/disk at 0,0 etc. So I can
> probably get it to boot from the network if I find an OS.

That might be a bit of a problem.  It's kinda hard to find.  It doesn't
use standard AIX.  It uses it's own version of AIX.  Why they did that, I
don't know.

Peace...  Sridhar

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