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 Post subject: Re: AIX 1.3
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 12:58 pm 
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AIX doesn't "probably require" MCA. It's supported ISA machines since version 1.2.1. The support is second class, but it's there. The reasons for it to fail virtualization are totally unrelated to microchannel.

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 Post subject: Re: AIX 1.3
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Has anyone got a suggestion on what I may need to change to be able to install this quite curious OS ?

Have you tried at the betaarchive - it seems it can be done with older versions VirtualPC.

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 Post subject: Re: AIX 1.3
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Thanks for the suggestions, I'll have to try on a lab machine tomorrow. Don't have a windows box here.


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 Post subject: Re: AIX 1.3
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I'll be damned then. I guess it makes sense since some of the early machines AIX ran on used the AT bus.

In any case, good luck.

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 Post subject: Re: AIX 1.3
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hmm...a IBM PS/2 MODEL CL57 SX is available in my area. is it worth to get it and try AIX 1.3 on it btw. is the 80MB harddisk enough?
http://ps-2.kev009.com:8081/ohlandl/AIX ... ments.html talks about space reqs but i'm not entirely clear about.

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 Post subject: Re: AIX 1.3
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80 MB is enough for a minimal installation. You may find it "charmingly old school" or "uncomfortable" depending on your particular cultural bias and outlook on life.

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 Post subject: Re: AIX 1.3
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Having "installp" you may find it refreshingly modern. :)

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 Post subject: Re: AIX 1.3
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I have a machine that requires AIX 1.3 and I but lost the media...help!!!

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 Post subject: Re: AIX 1.3
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I have a machine that requires AIX 1.3 and I but lost the media...help!!!

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Well I can say that if you have a 330mb hard drive you want to install on, please don't. I'm literally 15mb and three LPP's short of a complete install and I'm completely out of disk space. Don't think I can resize my partititions either.

Well that was a waste of a friday and seven hours of my life.... :P

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 Post subject: Re: AIX 1.3
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Okay, so after a lot of complaining, a half dozen bad floppies and a half dozen false starts the install is complete short of two or three LPP's which I didn't need (DOS server, Image Adapter/A support and the tape backup unit I don't have) I got all the other available LPP's loaded onto a 780mb Maxtor with an extra 20mb FAT partition for me to multiboot DOS 5 and use DOSmerge.
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The result is....well it's a Unix distro. Acts like the later version of AIX on my 850 with some commands and programs either added or removed ( is the loss of SMIT a good thing?), the keyboard layout is absurd and I do believe I've already confused the window manager. System seems to work with my multiport serial card, the 3C523 isn't up yet as I need to read through /usr/nifl/3com/ but the token ring is definately supported and detected even though I completely lack any token ring infrastructure. Should of bought an MAU at Weirdstuff....
The system is running rather unstable. While it has 12mb installed, 8mb of which sits on an AST Rampage Plus/MC that while loaded with good parity Toshiba ram has something about it which causes the installer to panic, memtest to crash and the reference diskette diagnostic utility to try and disable it. It's nuts to run without it though because at 4mb on the planar the system swaps for something as simple as moving the mouse cursor across the screen.

Anyways, me being Pentium and me never really knowing what the hell I am doing right off the bat I want into a window manager to screw about in a graphical environment however right off the bat I somehow broke X. Image Normally xinit should start up aixwm as per the documentation but...
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While it sorta works stuff like the tools window doesn't work. It's just a blank screen. At least the clock works.
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Again, it's a bit broken. I installed the x11 samples LPP but I can't find where the heck everything went. I can't see it in /usr/bin/X11.
I have also learned you can make 5.25" hard drive brackets for the model 80 by taking a hard drive sled from a model 30 or 55SX, cutting it in two and drilling an extra hole in the two pieces.

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 Post subject: Re: AIX 1.3
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Color me amazed! :shock:

It's a beautiful piece of hardware though ain't it? And kudos on your "workstation environment" featuring a sofa... 8-)

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It's a beautiful piece of hardware though ain't it?

I was just thinking how much nicer the competitive HP was. I had an RS-20C that would have been about the equivalent - but nicer design and better looking, too. In the HP the backplane was passive, the bottom slot housed the cpu itself. It would have been a nifty idea for upgrading but alas, the busses changed about as fast as the processors did then :(

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 Post subject: Re: AIX 1.3
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Guys, I need help. I don't know what I'm doing.

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 Post subject: Re: AIX 1.3
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pentium wrote:
Guys, I need help. I don't know what I'm doing.


We don't know what you are doing either!

What state do you have it in?

(a) it boots up by itself gracefully

(b) you can login

(c) you can run X on the box itself

(d) you can compile stuff with the provided IBM C compiler

If you can do all that you are now at the forefront of AIX 1.3.

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