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Frustratingly close to actually getting it working...

Unread postby iffy50 » Tue Jan 25, 2011 4:31 pm

Another (hopefully) quick question: I just managed to rebuild my new Octane with 6.5.22m plus foundations (2 days of trying, remote install from a linux box - I'm feeling pretty chuffed with myself)!

So, I finally get it booted with just console access. But - no login prompt. It complains

'NFS server localhost (nsd) not responding still trying'

and just sits there. I can't see it over the network (error 'network: WARNING: IRIS's Ineternet address is the default. Using Standalone network mode)

It's been sitting there like this for 20 minutes. Its should be good to go, but I just can't get into it!

Any clues, anyone?

Cheers,
Ian

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Re: Frustratingly close to actually getting it working...

Unread postby recondas » Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:12 pm

Sounds reminiscent of the classic ESP hang.

Cold boot your Octane, and when the PROM menu appears press the escape key.
Select item 5 <Enter Command Monitor> from the PROM menu.
When the Command Monitor opens, execute the command "single" <without the quotes>.
The system should boot into single user mode <command line only>.
If IRIX successfully boots, enter "chkconfig esp off" as root.
Reboot the system.
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Re: Frustratingly close to actually getting it working...

Unread postby iffy50 » Thu Jan 27, 2011 7:45 am

That's nailed it!

I booted into single user which meant that I could get all of the networking configuration etc. done and turn off the esp (this is connected to printing, if my searching is correct?)

Thanks again for your help. It's booting fine and I can get an remote X Desktop and begin to get aquatinted!

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Ian

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Re: Frustratingly close to actually getting it working...

Unread postby recondas » Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:21 am

Glad to hear you're up and running. ESP is SGI's Embedded Support Partner.

ESP has been the frequent culprit in complaints of system hangs or slow downs. ESP is not of much use unless you have an active support contract with SGI <SGI released a patch that reportedly corrects the error, but accessing the patch also requires a support contract>.
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Re: Frustratingly close to actually getting it working...

Unread postby smj » Thu Jan 27, 2011 3:53 pm

recondas wrote:ESP is not of much use unless you have an active support contract with SGI <SGI released a patch that reportedly corrects the error, but accessing the patch also requires a support contract>.
You have to admit, there's a beauty and symmetry to this that appeals to the mad scientist and/or government bureaucrat in all of us...
Then? :IRIS3130: ... Now? :O3x02L: :A3504L:- :A3502L: :1600SW:+MLA :Fuel: :Octane2: :Octane: :Indigo2IMP: ... Other: DEC :BA213: :BA123: Sun, DG AViiON, NeXT :Cube:

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Re: Frustratingly close to actually getting it working...

Unread postby guardian452 » Thu Jan 27, 2011 5:29 pm

It's the classic chicken-egg problem.

Of course, dinosaurs have been laying eggs for millions of years before chickens came around, so the answer is obvious. :)
You eat Cadillacs; Lincolns too... Mercurys and Subarus.

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Re: Frustratingly close to actually getting it working...

Unread postby vishnu » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:24 pm

If only my Octane2 could self-reproduce like the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park... :lol:
Project:
Temporarily lost at sea...
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World domination! Or something...


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