[rescue] Octane won't talk to the outside world...

Christopher Purdy escher2 at chartermi.net
Fri Nov 19 06:26:35 CST 2010

I'll start with the obvious...

Are you using DHCP?

If not - do yo have a default route set?  How about your nameservers?

I've found SGI's DHCP implememtation to be a bit flakey and I manually
configure nameservers regardless.

Not sure of your experience level with *nix, but if you aren't familiar with
setting up networking on a Irix box, it is pretty oldschool if you aren't
using DHCP...

read the man pages on hosts, nsswitch.conf, and route...

In general - you need to add a default route to your router IP
route -add default xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

then add your ISP's DNS servers to your hosts file

and then modify your nsswitch.conf to use DNS.

There are some more steps in there but its been a while... I got lazy and
started using DHCP and just adding my DNS servers manually.

- Chris

On Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 5:06 AM, Caleb Cupples <cscupples at gmail.com> wrote:

> Okay, since my non-working Ultra 2 was fixed within 10 minutes thanks
> to this list, I figured I'd throw another retrocomputing question out
> here that's been bugging me since June, and I'm just now coming back
> to it. I have a SGI Octane, and it works perfectly well, except that
> it refuses to talk to anything outside my local network. It'll talk to
> any machine on my network, but if I try and surf to, let's say,
> Google, it refuses, and when I try pinging, it responds with "network
> unreachable." Again, it'll ping any machine on my local network, with
> no problem.
> Any suggestions? (Admittedly, I want to get it running so I can claim
> the "Most Obscure Machine to Update Facebook and/or Twitter" award,
> amongst my local group of fellow nerds.)
> Thanks.
> --
> C. Scott Cupples
> Psychology Undergraduate
> Jackson State Community College
> Phone: 731.607.0668
> Email: cscupples at gmail.com
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