[rescue] Octane login wanted...

Steve Rikli sr at genyosha.net
Mon Jan 6 19:06:47 CST 2003

Patrick Giagnocavo +1.717.201.3366 wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 06, 2003 at 03:34:30PM -0600, Jonathan C. Patschke wrote:
> > On Mon, 6 Jan 2003, Thomas Gallaway wrote:
> > 
> > > I don't know if you ca even run a octane headless...
> > 
> > You can--just like you can run any SGI headless.  Tell the PROM to use
> > the first serial port instead of the gfx head as the console and/or tell
> My understanding is that an Octane will run without a monitor/keyboard
> attached.  However, you cannot boot one that does not have a graphics
> card installed, from what I have been told.

I don't believe that is correct.  I used to run a headless Octane back
at the company -- i.e. all 4 XIO slots were occupied by MEnet and other
network cards.

Now, I don't think it was necessarily a supported config, and I don't
recall that we ever actually sold Octane w/out gfx, but it definitely
booted and ran w/out a graphics card.

And JFYI, it's not strictly necessary to adjust PROM settings in order
to use serial vs. graphics for console -- i.e. in the absence of a
keyboard the default console becomes the 1st serial port, much like
Sun (et al) hardware behaves.  Though it is possible to set it one way
or the other as well.

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