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Re: Origin 350 serial number disaster/*WANTED: L3 Software files

Unread postby recondas » Sun Oct 18, 2009 7:31 am

Since the disappearance of SGI's "Download Cool Software" site was roughly contemporary with the insertion of the serial number validation routine into the hardware L1 and L2 controller updates, there's at least a small chance the emulator software doesn't include enforced serial validation <though that may be of limited usefulness if the connected L1s have been flashed with one of the enforced validation images>.

If it'd work it'd be helpful for those considering assembling a composite system with a R-Brick obtained from eBay <or anywhere else where it might come with a non-matching/enforced serial number>.
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Re: Origin 350 serial number disaster/*WANTED: L3 Software files

Unread postby ramq » Sun Oct 18, 2009 11:43 am

It's supposed to fit right into 2.4.x kernels (contruary to what the docs says about RedHat 6.2, which is kernel 2.2.x!), so hopefully more modern releases should work. I'm giving RedHat 9 a chance on a Thinkpad T21 which might come in handy for these sorts of activities, plus Minicom is quite useful as a terminal emulator for RS232-activities. Hopefully I'll do a quick summary once I get things to work...
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Re: Origin 350 serial number disaster/*WANTED: L3 Software files

Unread postby bri3d » Sun Oct 18, 2009 12:38 pm

The provided L1 driver source is new enough to have 2.6 compatibility and seems to compile with the patch bplaa.yai listed.

Once I find my USB A to USB B cables I'll test the serial reset functionality.

Many thanks again to ramq for getting ahold of this - it could have saved me nearly a hundred bucks if it'd been around before :)

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Re: Origin 350 serial number disaster/*WANTED: L3 Software files

Unread postby recondas » Tue Nov 03, 2009 5:11 pm

The L2 emulation seems to work well - here's the out put of "env" for an O350 - run from a linux box:
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as mentioned, there's even a pseudo L2 Display:
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This install was into Ubuntu 9.10 running a 2.6.31-14 kernel. It was a roll yer own / rpm conversion adventure for me, but if you have the skills necessary to avoid backtracing cryptic error messages it probably won't be too hard ;).

On the linux end, if you issue a Control+D the L2 emulator takes you to an IRIX command line; it works in the opposite direction as well - l2cmd works to control the L2 emulator from the IRIX end.

It seems to be a very handy app - especially if you don't happen have an L2 <and even if you do, you can use the linux box as an L3 and connect to the L2 via ethernet and admin remotely - using "l2term" on the linux end>.
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Unread postby SAQ » Fri Nov 19, 2010 7:56 am

It looks like deBug's and Bri3d's sites are down. Anyone else have this mirrored?
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Re: Origin 350 serial number disaster/*WANTED: L3 Software f

Unread postby rusti » Fri Nov 19, 2010 8:31 am

Uploading it to my Webserver now. Drop me a PM for the link. Or did we agree that it is OK to host it and I can post the link here?

Edit: Just saw that Jan-Jaap was quicker. For what it's worth:

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Unread postby smj » Fri Nov 19, 2010 12:33 pm

Another mirror here: http://www.shiftleft.com/mirrors/nekochan/SGI_Software/L3_Software/

I've installed the L3 software on an older release of Fedora in a VM, and had the l2 and l2gui programs speaking to my O300 bricks via USB. This first cut is much too bloated (~6GB on disk), but in December I'll work on sorting out something slimmer to make available as an appliance image - same idea as DINA, and in fact I was running it on the same underlying machine. I'll start a separate thread when I get back to it.
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Re: Origin 350 serial number disaster/*WANTED: L3 Software f

Unread postby SAQ » Sat Nov 20, 2010 7:59 am

smj wrote:Another mirror here: http://www.shiftleft.com/mirrors/nekochan/SGI_Software/L3_Software/

I've installed the L3 software on an older release of Fedora in a VM, and had the l2 and l2gui programs speaking to my O300 bricks via USB. This first cut is much too bloated (~6GB on disk), but in December I'll work on sorting out something slimmer to make available as an appliance image - same idea as DINA, and in fact I was running it on the same underlying machine. I'll start a separate thread when I get back to it.


I was considering working on a "live CD" type idea.
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Re: Origin 350 serial number disaster/*WANTED: L3 Software f

Unread postby smj » Sun Nov 28, 2010 8:55 am

SAQ wrote:I was considering working on a "live CD" type idea.
Not a bad idea, might make sense to have both. If you just need to boot up and manipulate serial numbers to get some bricks sorted, the LiveCD might be very handy. But if you're using the performance monitoring/tuning tools, collecting stats over time might make a VM preferable.

We'll see. I've never tried to put a LiveCD together, so that might be a useful and interesting exercise too. I've got another week plus on the road, however.


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Re: Origin 350 serial number disaster/*WANTED: L3 Software files

Unread postby jwhat » Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:19 am

Hi Recondas & others,

I have been trying to get L2 emulator up and running and based on your post about getting it running on Ubuntu 9 with 2.6 kernel, I have done install into Fedora 10.

However to get usb driver sgil1.ko module compiled I had to change the source code in two files from include “asm/semaphore.h” to “kernel/semaphore.h” as the semaphore declaration is now c struct, not asm definition.

This change was pretty optimistic on my part, as the code clearly indicates that it is written to 2.4 kernel. While module installs ok, I cannot seem to get comms going with l1 -> emulator ( via USB).

I used Fedora as it has rpm and is closest thing to RHEL which is what sgi used. Choose later Fedora as early version hang on VMWare boot (I am using VMWare Fusion on Mac as hosting env).

In your case did you also have to change driver code ?

I might try Fedora R1 again as it is 2.4 kernel, with all later releases being 2.6.x variations.

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Re: Origin 350 serial number disaster/*WANTED: L3 Software files

Unread postby Zerolapse » Tue Oct 24, 2017 9:48 pm

IIRC, the last version of Red Hat this actually worked in out of the box was 9 (codename Shrike). I gave up on it long ago because I found it more useful to have a real (hardware) L2 controller, but this may or may not make sense in your use case.

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Re: Origin 350 serial number disaster/*WANTED: L3 Software files

Unread postby mazzinia » Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:05 am

well, weeks ago I setup a vmware image with the L3 sw running, and I've simply installed an old redhat 9 as above suggested, too.
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Re: Origin 350 serial number disaster/*WANTED: L3 Software files

Unread postby jwhat » Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:52 pm

Hi Mazzinia,

I must be cursed... ‘cause all my VMWare install have problems...
I have Fedora 1 (it is pretty much identical to RHL 9) running (have network connectivity, but no USB ;-( ), with RHL 9 I cannot get VMWare tools to build so have no network or USB.
I am going to change tack and do physical box install, then validate this and then convert physical machine to VM.

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Re: Origin 350 serial number disaster/*WANTED: L3 Software files

Unread postby mazzinia » Fri Oct 27, 2017 12:00 pm

uh... which version of wmware are you using ? mine is still version 9
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