SAQ wrote:Slow down with the screwdriver! SGIs have delicate parts that can be easily damaged if you rush in too fast.
To start off you'll need either a serial null-modem cable or a monitor/keyboard. Once you get it plugged in you can bring up a console. Workstation's firmware is much more useful than a PC BIOS, and you can poke around and see what's on the machine for hardware. When the "stop for maintenance" screen comes up, press "esc" and then select the command monitor (option 5). Typing "hinv" will give you a list of all installed hardware. If you don't get to that point there might be a hardware problem.
For wiping the disks you can either boot into the IRIX miniroot and cat "/dev/zero" over the disk a couple of times or plug it into a PC/Mac with a SCSI HBA and use your favorite disk wiping program.
To start with you can post the model number from the back of the Octane. That will help narrow down what the original CPU config was.
techknight wrote:when you start talking about miniroot, tree roots, or any other kind of roots im lost, besides rootbeer. that stuff is good. Now for the fine points: I know what a null modem cable is, its the TX/RX reversed on both ends. When you say bring up console, what do you mean? whats a hinv? of course i dunno what a miniroot is. or a dev/zero.
josehill wrote:A "console" is a place where certain types of computers will send various system messages that are usually of more interest to system administrators than to end users. In the old days, the console was often a dedicated display terminal with a keyboard for admins to type in system commands, but it can also be a window in a terminal emulator.
hamei wrote:jose, take it easy on the guy Think of it as a remote DOS prompt .... you connect a cable from a serial port on your Windows computer to the console port on the SGI. Then you use a program like Hyperterminal on the peecee to see what's happening on the SGI computer.
techknight wrote:the rack peices, there are 3 and it says CMN026.
techknight wrote:I think one of the peices is part of it, as they are joined together with a big fat cable. SCSI or router cable
techknight wrote:the rack peices, there are 3 and it says CMN026. I think one of the peices is part of it, as they are joined together with a big fat cable. SCSI or router cable?
techknight wrote:The rack servers have DVI on the back. I dont see anything on the face other than "sgi" and they have a character LCD?
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