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SGI Newbie with an Octane - No "Boot to Maintenance" ?

Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 5:11 pm
by Noworld
Hello, all,

I picked up an SGI Octane and have an external SCSI CD-ROM and the IRIX 6.5 CDs. This is a machine that I purchased second-hand and I would like to re-install the OS.

I was trying to follow the guide, but on boot there is no "stop for maintenance" option... it just goes straight through the boot procedure and ends up on a login screen.

Is there any hope?

Thanks in advance!

Re: SGI Newbie with an Octane - No "Boot to Maintenance" ?

Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 5:38 pm
by nyef
First thing that I might try is to pull the hard drives. If there's no drive to boot from, it has to stop to ask what to do. From there, you can get to the PROM console and disable auto-boot. Shut back down, put the drives back in, and go from there.

Re: SGI Newbie with an Octane - No "Boot to Maintenance" ?

Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 5:40 pm
by Krokodil
If there's a PROM password you're in for an interesting saga.

But welcome anyways.

Re: SGI Newbie with an Octane - No "Boot to Maintenance" ?

Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 6:07 pm
by Noworld
Thanks! I'll give it a shot and let you know what happens...

Re: SGI Newbie with an Octane - No "Boot to Maintenance" ?

Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 7:24 pm
by Dodoid
Also, you don't need to click stop for maintenance. Just press the ESC key, right after it boots, it will take you to the same screen. Also, welcome to Nekochan!