Installing from scratch

New to SGIs? Need help getting things going? This is the forum for you!
Forum rules
Any posts concerning pirated software or offering to buy/sell/trade commercial software are subject to removal.
User avatar
Shtoink
Posts: 839
Joined: Mon Jan 27, 2003 1:46 am
Location: Port Orchard, WA

Installing from scratch

Unread postby Shtoink » Tue Feb 25, 2003 10:40 pm

I think this one should be noted. I have seen it in a few places, but should be brought to attention.

Go into your Command Monitor after hitting the "Stop For Maintenance"

This will be the pointy end of your stick for installing a fresh copy of IRIX 6.5.

First thing to do is type hinv

hinv is your Hardware Inventory, and this will let you see what SCSI ID your CDROM is on. Use that info fot the following commands.

boot -f dksc(SCSI-BUS*,SCSI-ID**,8)sashARCS
boot -f dksc(SCSI-BUS*,SCSI-ID**,7)stand/fx.ARCS --x


*SCSI-BUS will be the particular bus your CDROM or other device you are booting from is located on. Most likely it'll be a CDROM and the most common bus IDs are 0 and 1 as far as I know of. I am sure there are exceptions, but I'll leave it at that for now.

**SCSI-ID will be the CDROM or other drive you may be booting from, most likely a CDROM though.

It can also be put into a one line command, but if you miss type anything, you'll have to start all over.

It'll look like this, the number are just for example.
boot -f dksc(0,6,8)sashARCS dksc(0,6,7)stand/fx.ARCS --x


One thing that I found to be very important for everyone using an R10k processor, or any other true 64bit processor, is that instead of the ARCS portion of the above commands, you'll need to use 64.


For example. Once again, numbers are in there just for an example and may not represent your systems settings.

boot -f dksc(0,6,8)sash64 dksc(0,6,7)stand/fx.64 --x

I found out about this the hard way.

I hope this helps someone out.
***There is a hard to see DOT in between the fx and ARCS and the fx and 64***
Hard to see, but it IS there

User avatar
nekonoko
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 8145
Joined: Thu Jan 23, 2003 1:31 am
Location: Pleasanton, California
Contact:

Re: Installing from scratch

Unread postby nekonoko » Wed Feb 26, 2003 12:10 am

Shtoink wrote:One thing that I found to be very important for everyone using an R10k processor, or any other true 64bit processor, is that instead of the ARCS portion of the above commands, you'll need to use 64.


Unfortunately this isn't correct ... just because you have an R10K processor doesn't mean you can run IRIX64. It's entirely platform dependant. That said, I believe the O2 is the only machine with an R10K processor that can't run a 64-bit kernel.

Also, it should be noted that some R4400 machines can run IRIX64 ... IP19 machines for example.
Twitter: @neko_no_ko
IRIX Release 4.0.5 IP12 Version 06151813 System V
Copyright 1987-1992 Silicon Graphics, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.

User avatar
Shtoink
Posts: 839
Joined: Mon Jan 27, 2003 1:46 am
Location: Port Orchard, WA

Unread postby Shtoink » Wed Feb 26, 2003 12:25 am

Sorry about leaving that bit of info out... :(
I forgotted. Leave it to SGI to make something more confusing than the english language.

I guess a good rule of thumb would be if one doesn't work, just try the other.

Maybe we could compile a matrix of what uses ARCS or 64 by IP number.

User avatar
nekonoko
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 8145
Joined: Thu Jan 23, 2003 1:31 am
Location: Pleasanton, California
Contact:

Unread postby nekonoko » Wed Feb 26, 2003 12:28 am

Also ... every processor since the R4000 is "true" 64-bit. The R4000 had some bugs that made running a 64-bit kernel impractical, but everything since is capable ... just not necessarily supported in a IRIX64 machine.

Not to steal your thunder, but this article is great:

http://futuretech.mirror.vuurwerk.net/6.5inst.html
Twitter: @neko_no_ko
IRIX Release 4.0.5 IP12 Version 06151813 System V
Copyright 1987-1992 Silicon Graphics, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.

User avatar
Shtoink
Posts: 839
Joined: Mon Jan 27, 2003 1:46 am
Location: Port Orchard, WA

Unread postby Shtoink » Wed Feb 26, 2003 12:46 am

nekonoko wrote:Not to steal your thunder


:D

Getting the word out is what this section is for, right?


Return to “Getting Started, Documentation, Tips & Tricks”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Dodoid and 4 guests