[rescue] Serial console on an IBM RS/6000 3CT

Sridhar Ayengar ploopster at gmail.com
Wed Jan 18 11:17:43 CST 2006

Andrew Jones wrote:
> So, having obtained AIX 5.1 media, finally, I took it upon myself to get
> my first and only RS/6000 system running, a Powerstation 3CT.  The
> problem I've run into is that I cannot, for the life of me, get a serial
> console.  It came with a framebuffer, but it uses a very unusual
> connector. (3w3, rather than 13w3)
> I tried pulling the framebuffer.  I tried both serial ports.
> Working from the numeric display on the front of the system, I think
> it's booting.  It flashes the codes 120 and 124, then goes blank.  I
> believe that indicates a successful self-test.
> Do I need to be booting a disc to expect any output on the serial
> console? Is the serial not simple 9600, 8N1 ? I guess I expected to see
> diagnostics or /something/. 

Do you have the key?  If so, boot it in service mode.  It should ask you 
where the console is.

And yes, there won't be any console output if you don't have a bootable 

Peace...  Sridhar

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