[rescue] Motorola Powerstack

Zach Lowry zach at zachlowry.net
Tue Aug 5 13:56:15 CDT 2003

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I believe if AIX is unavailable, you can run NetBSD or Linux. Not as
great as AIX for educational purposes, but still would make a decent

I look on eBay almost daily for a PowerStack just like yours. I want
one for my collection very badly. 

Zach Lowry || Murfreesboro, TN || www.zachlowry.net
Linux / *BSD / Irix / Solaris / Apple / Unix Network Administration

Registered Linux User #264589
14 Different NetBSD-Supported Machines

> -----Original Message-----
> From: rescue-bounces at sunhelp.org
> [mailto:rescue-bounces at sunhelp.org]On Behalf Of Meelis Roos
> Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2003 12:32 PM
> To: rescue at sunhelp.org
> Subject: [rescue] Motorola Powerstack
> 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...:)
> 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.
> The big question: how can I reset the password without making the
> machine unusable? It tells that its configuration checksum passes
> tests currently. Does anyone know what effect will resetting the
> configuration have - does it still boot and/or require password
> etc?
> Second question - where can I obtain AIX for this beast?
> -- 
> Meelis Roos (mroos at linux.ee)
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