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by astouffer
Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: New Octane, odd issues
Replies: 6
Views: 383

Re: New Octane, odd issues

Your NIC is bad. You'll need a new number-in-a-can or a frontplane. As for the irix problem with the wrong graphics board, you'll need to reinstall the graphics subsystem. Wow that was a fast reply :D Just had a thought here. I have a spare O2 riser card with the TO-92 style chip. It would be an in...
by astouffer
Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: SGI: Hardware
Topic: New Octane, odd issues
Replies: 6
Views: 383

New Octane, odd issues

Hello all, I just scored an Octane from eBay. Its a dual 300Mhz and didn't come with any ram so I moved the simms over from my dead Octane and it's alive! I was able to boot with a serial console and clear the prom password. So far so good. When booting with a serial console I'm getting this error n...
by astouffer
Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: IBM
Topic: POWER6 Linux and AIX
Replies: 40
Views: 3604

Re: POWER6 Linux and AIX

Raion-Fox wrote:Try NetBSD?


I'll see if the powerpc port boots but it looks to be more focused on Mac and Mac clone hardware. I'd love to run *BSD.
by astouffer
Thu Mar 30, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: IBM
Topic: POWER6 Linux and AIX
Replies: 40
Views: 3604

Re: openSUSE much better

Hey all, just a quick note. I have to retract my statement about Linux support now. I tried openSUSE and it installed without a hitch and gave me a working system (with an up to date kernel 4.10.1). Don't waste your time with Debian, its installer is buggy and you have to play games trying to get so...
by astouffer
Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: IBM
Topic: POWER6 Linux and AIX
Replies: 40
Views: 3604

Re: POWER6 Linux and AIX

Shiunbird, you were totally right about the installer being confused. I removed all the drives except for one and it installed cleanly, just like in the VM. Many thanks.
by astouffer
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: IBM
Topic: POWER6 Linux and AIX
Replies: 40
Views: 3604

Re: POWER6 Linux and AIX

I run Debian on my Power5. It was a pain to get it booting however. After months trying to sort things out, I found out that the installer was reading the wrong devalias from the OpenFirmware (or the OpenFirmware was sending it wrong to the installer). This at the time of configuring the boot loade...
by astouffer
Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: IBM
Topic: POWER6 Linux and AIX
Replies: 40
Views: 3604

Re: POWER6 Linux and AIX

Just a quick note for anyone else with this hardware, Debian 7 ppc installs fine.
by astouffer
Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: IBM
Topic: POWER6 Linux and AIX
Replies: 40
Views: 3604

Re: POWER6 Linux and AIX

You drop the VIOS DVD in and follow the menus. It's an embedded version of AIX 6.1 for the latest version, and the installer will seem familiar to anyone that's installed AIX. On smaller machines you can use an IVM for all the management, no need for an HMC. You will be able to run at least 2 more ...
by astouffer
Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: IBM
Topic: Powering SCSI media device on Power5
Replies: 11
Views: 609

Re: Powering SCSI media device on Power5

An old ATX power supply should have both these connectors. Fire up the soldering iron :)
by astouffer
Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:01 pm
Forum: IBM
Topic: Powering SCSI media device on Power5
Replies: 11
Views: 609

Re: Powering SCSI media device on Power5

Can you get at this assembly while its installed? I would just measure the voltages in circuit. Two of those pins are likely connected together as ground so go from there. The drive has the normal PC style power connector so we know its pinout.
by astouffer
Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Hardware For Sale/Trade
Topic: Cray XT4
Replies: 7
Views: 451

Re: Cray XT4

Full of lame PC hardware. You could probably get similar performance today with some 10 core Xeons and cheap Infiniband interconnects. Larger fans tend to be more quiet because they can spin slower and move lots of air. Instead of a high pitched whine you get a pleasant rumble.
by astouffer
Sun Feb 05, 2017 1:52 pm
Forum: IBM
Topic: Xlc compiler demo install
Replies: 3
Views: 436

Re: Xlc compiler demo install

Just wanted to say I installed the bos.adt package from disk 1 and xlc installed just fine. Thanks everyone.
by astouffer
Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: IBM
Topic: Xlc compiler demo install
Replies: 3
Views: 436

Xlc compiler demo install

I'm trying to install the xlc 13.1.3 compiler demo on my AIX 7.1 box but its failing over a pre requisite package. MISSING REQUISITES: The following filesets are required by one or more of the selected filesets listed above. They are not currently installed and could not be found on the installation...
by astouffer
Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: IBM
Topic: Games on AIX
Replies: 40
Views: 2403

Re: Games on AIX

20fps on a POWER5?? Something's really wrong. My Quad G5 in software mode runs Quake at a ripping pace, so CPU rendering should not be the limiting factor. What does xdpyinfo say? Is the MIT-SHM extension installed? Is this xquake or quake.sw? Was Quake ever fast on non x86 boxes? Even on my 300Mhz...
by astouffer
Sun Jan 01, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: Turning your back on windows
Replies: 108
Views: 4850

Re: Turning your back on windows

foetz wrote:with the serious disadvantage tho that they're practically one big trojan.


What is your reasoning for calling them a trojan? I take it that you don't use a single Google service and only conduct searches on duckduckgo using a PC with Libreboot and running TAILS from a read only USB drive.

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