[rescue] RS/6000 Weirdness
Jonathan C. Patschke
jp at celestrion.net
Mon May 3 09:32:49 CDT 2004
...back to business...
I've got an RS/6000 model 370 that I saved from a future at the landfill
almost two years ago, and it's developed a problem I can't figure out for
I've successfully installed AIX 4.3.3 and 5.1 on this box no fewer than
20 or 30 times, and now, I can't get either to install successfully
anymore. The BOS install will go great, and the system will reboot...to
a login prompt, not the "installation assistant". As a result, the
system has a locked root account, so I have to boot single-user from the
CD, and muck around in /etc/security and /etc/passwd just to get the
system to the point where I can run the installation assistant myself.
But the question is....WTFO?
I pulled the NVRAM battery for about half an hour to clear out any cruft
in there, and I tried installing AIX on a hard drive that had IRIX on it
before, so there's no way the installer could be picking up any weird
settings left over from the last installation.
I suspected my media, so I tried AIX 5.1 and have the same problem.
I tried a different console cable, in case there was some feedback that
the system wasn't getting, and while that helped (I see kernel bootup
messages), it didn't fix the problem.
 I'd really rather run 4.3.3 on this box, since it's mainly going to
be a console server, and it hasn't that much memory, anyway.
Jonathan Patschke ) "Being on the Internet is not the same as being
Elgin, TX ( famous. That's like calling Cheetos 'dinner'."
USA ) --Metal Steve
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