[rescue] First steps on "new" rs6000?

Jonathan C. Patschke jp at celestrion.net
Mon Jun 9 15:36:19 CDT 2003

On Mon, 9 Jun 2003, Robert Novak wrote:

> What are good first steps on bringing one of the RS6000 small machines
> (i.e. desktop form factor/less than 100 pounds) up and finding out how
> well it's configured?

Well, if you have a diagnostics CD, you can do that.  I don't recall how
complete the built-in diagnostics are on a 390, but many systems will
give you the option to perform a full inventory/diagnosic output if you
start the system with the key in the "service" position.

If you don't have a key for the system, and it's NOT in the "service"
position, you're about to have a bad day.  You can't even get the case
open without the keyswitch in that position.  Well, you -can- get the
case open, but there are no guarantees that the lid will survive.

> I'm guessing I can pull the FB and run serial console, and I'm guessing I
> don't have a handy monitor that will work with the FB that's in it (does
> it use a SOGgy monitor?

It's Sync-on-Green.  It should work with any SGI-compatible multisync

> I guess what I'm interested in are any obvious starting points,
> equivalents to show-devs/hinv in sunOBP/SGI, any diagnostics I should run
> (I'm not feeling well enough to take the machine apart to look up all the
> memory part #s, but I think I saw well over a dozen simms in there).

Whew.  If you got the case open, you either have a key, or it's in the
"service" position, so you can buy a new key+keyswitch assembly.

Unless you have two memory cards, you have 8 SIMMs, and a minimum of
64MB of memory.  I -think- you can have a maximum of 512MB per card.

> I also ended up with a metric decibuttload of Wordperfect 5.1 and 6.0 for
> DOS, full boxes in shrinkwrap, and some other neat stuff.

If you'd like to offload one of those 5.1 boxes, let me know what you'd
like to trade for it.

Jonathan Patschke   )  "Leave your lawsuits at home.  I have guns."
Elgin, TX          (                      --"Kountry" Mike Lundgren

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