My new RISC: IBM 7044-170

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My new RISC: IBM 7044-170

Unread postby chatuser » Sat May 05, 2007 5:17 am

model: IBM 44p 170
processor: POWER3-II 400 MHz 64 bits
memory: 1 GB (2x512)
hard disk: 9.1 GB
video card: GXT4000P

I upgraded the firmware to the last version and installed AIX 5.3, it works quite fine. I'm using this system to play and to learn AIX.


I'm amazed about how smooth runs this system, the processor is outdated but the entire system has a very good performance.

uname -a on both systems:

** AIX **
* *
* *
* Welcome to AIX Version 5.3! *
* *
* *
* Please see the README file in /usr/lpp/bos for information pertinent to *
* this release of the AIX Operating System. *
* *
* *

# uname -a
AIX IBM44p170 3 5 0040A91A4C00

** Debian **
uname -a
Linux IBM44p170 2.6.18-4-powerpc64 #1 SMP Mon Mar 26 09:44:09 CEST 2007 ppc64 GNU/Linux


Some notes about dual boot AIX/Debian:

After upgrade the firmware to the last version I obtained the error 20EE000B (The system was unable to find an operating system on the device list that was attempted).

I upgraded again and then Linux boot got frozen showing this message:

boot: install64
Please wait, loading kernel…
Elf64 kernel loaded…
Loading ramdisk…
Claim failed for initrd memory
ramdisk load failed !
ENTER called ok
0 >

According to this page ... trd_memory you can solve the problem typing:

dev nvram

Now switch off and switch on, boot from CD and Linux will boot again.

I think NVRAM gets corrupted in some way and it is necessary to clear the configuration.

You can find similar information on IBM: ... +with+SUSE ... MIGR-63657
:Indy: Indy R4400 150 MHz, 256 MB, Indy 24-bit, IRIX 6.5.22m/Debian GNU/Linux
:Octane2: Octane2 R12K 400 MHz, 1 GB, VPro V6, IRIX 6.5.30
IBM 44p 170 POWER3-II 400 MHz, 1 GB, Matrox G200 (GXT130P), AIX 5.3/Debian GNU/Linux
:hpserv: HP C3750+C3600 2GB, HP-UX 11v1/Debian GNU/Linux

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Re: My new RISC: IBM 7044-170

Unread postby VenomousPinecone » Wed Jul 11, 2007 12:07 am

...I guess the hw-otaku dont get to see any pron, bummer. ;)

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Re: My new RISC: IBM 7044-170

Unread postby porter » Wed Jul 11, 2007 12:33 am

Well done!

chatuser wrote:the processor is outdated

"outdated" is in the eye of the beholder.
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