Help! 320 Workstation standstill

Help! 320 Workstation standstill

Post by Holger von » Wed, 28 Jan 2004 02:51:17



you should be able to install it from any win2k cd. the drivers can be
downloaded from the sgi site.

Holger
 
 
 

Help! 320 Workstation standstill

Post by krai » Wed, 28 Jan 2004 02:57:30

Howdy All
I need help with an old 320 workstation I picked up as a project. The 9.1Gb
SCSI Drive was dead and a couple other things but I have gotten her up and
running, upgraded the firmware, able to recognize a 20Gb ATA Drive and
partition it through the firware but that is it! The next step is to load
load system software through the firmware and it says put the disk in CD-ROM
but when I put in a NT or W2K disk it specifically asks for the SGI NT Disk
with the Motherboard drivers and NT on it and won't accept anything else. I
have contacted SGI but they tell me they no longer support the 320
Workstation, then sales hands me over to customer support who says they
don't have any disks and hand me back to sales who say the same!!! hahaha! I
have contacted several third party vendors who will sell me a refurbished
320 workstation with the SGI NT Preloaded but not a copy of the disk! I
understand the licensing of OS's is making it difficult to obtain but this
seems silly. I own legal copies of every Windows OS's since W/95. SGI
Probably has a stack of these disks in a warehouse someplace but can't be
bothered or something, it seems a shame to throw a nice old machine like
this in the scrapheap because I can't get an original SGI NT Driver disk.
Can anyone help me with my search with either a backup of the disk or info
on where I might obtain one, any help is greatly appreciated, thanks
kraig

 
 
 

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Post by UNIX Museu » Wed, 28 Jan 2004 03:47:06


Ditto!

I installed mine like that, with a brand new 40GB ATA hard drive.
I wasn't asked for the NT CD or anything like that... Once Win2K is
installed, you'll have to add the sgi-goodies for Win2K and you should
be just fine...
 
 
 

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Post by krai » Wed, 28 Jan 2004 05:23:14

I understand what you're saying and have the drivers and the SGI SSK W/2000
downloaded, and have all previous OS paths deleted. (SCSI Died and is
removed)My hardware inventory shows the floppy, CD-Rom, and ATA HD and is
partitioned through the firmware, when I run Install system software it says
to insert in CD-ROM and I put the W2K disk in, then it asks for the
partition for system loader files, which is ATAPI IDE 0 Disk 0 partition 2 -
I click accept, it says loading files then this pops up "Unable to start
install, Please ensure that you have inserted the SGI install CD" and will
not go any further! If I'm getting this right I am doing exactly what you
did (loading W2K clean install) but you did not get this popup. I am at a
loss then why mine won't load? My thinking right now is that if I could get
the original SGI NT recovery disk and loaded that I could do an install W2K
from the NT Desktop! Feeling frustrated in vintage SGI Land!




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Help! 320 Workstation standstill

Post by UNIX Museu » Wed, 28 Jan 2004 08:12:07

raig wrote:
Did you create a FAT partition for the arc loader?
You might want to look at this
http://www.btinternet.com/~sgi320/drives.htm, it offers very usefull
information
 
 
 

Help! 320 Workstation standstill

Post by James Stan » Wed, 28 Jan 2004 09:17:29

know how that goes. It took me forever to get it right on mine. If you
look here at the bottom of the page I have all the files from SGI in a
single zip file: http://www.sgizone.net/machines/

I run through the install as stated in the documentation and it created
some boot floppies that I think get you through this problem.

Good Luck,
James

UNIX Museum wrote:

--
James Stanley

http://www.sgizone.net

" Windows 95: 32 bit extensions and a graphical shell for a 16
bit patch to an 8 bit operating system originally coded for a
4 bit microprocessor, written by a 2 bit company, that can't
stand 1 bit of competition."
Keith Huff

 
 
 

Help! 320 Workstation standstill

Post by <<>> » Wed, 28 Jan 2004 09:51:32


You do not need to this. The documentation that came with the 320s was
incorrect. The addendum to that documentation was also incorrect. All
instructions related to creating a FAT partition for the arcloader were
due to political issues at the time of the 320s release.

--
#include <disclaimer.h>
Christopher Miller
XXXX@XXXXX.COM
 
 
 

Help! 320 Workstation standstill

Post by UNIX Museu » Wed, 28 Jan 2004 10:34:35


OK then, educate us, please!
 
 
 

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Post by krai » Wed, 28 Jan 2004 15:06:28

Yes Unix Museum! I have partitioned the 200Mb partition for the arc loader,
through the PROM 1005, also the rest of the drive partitioned for the OS
but although the partition is there it has not been formatted, correct?, and
will not be formatted untill I can put a disk in the CDROM that will come
back with a response other than "Unable to start install, Please ensure
that you have inserted the SGI install CD" Although this is one of the most
proprietary machines I have dealt with many others (SGI 320 users) seem to
be able to load W2K without getting this prompt. I have the SSK for W2K but
that is to be loaded after the install of the OS...correct?!! Also wanted to
say thanks for the interest and help as noone is paying you, I would just
love to get the old girl up and running which I have accomplished, although
an Operating System would be nice!!!LOL thanks,
kraig
 
 
 

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Post by Wolfram Sc » Wed, 28 Jan 2004 15:23:25

> loader, through the PROM 1005, also the rest of the drive
^
You need to flash PROM 1._1_005, then delete all entries in PROM's
startup menu and try again partitioning your hd and installing from any
vanilla win2k cd.
 
 
 

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Post by UNIX Museu » Wed, 28 Jan 2004 15:56:12


Darn good catch! Didn't notice the PROM version!
 
 
 

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Post by UNIX Museu » Wed, 28 Jan 2004 16:01:32


Thanks for the nice word... This box is just superb, the graphics are
still unmatched in quality and scalability...

We'll keep helping you until you get it running, don't worry...
I'm sure it's a matter of having the proper (i.e. latest version of
everything) and follow the directions... I guaranty you don't need the
original sgi NT CD, you can do a fresh Win2K install from a plain old
Microsoft CD... It looks like now that Wolfram noticed the PROM version
mismatch, you should have eveything you need...

You should be able to get it running soon... Unless you have another
political agenda in mind :-D
 
 
 

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Post by Neil Rothw » Wed, 28 Jan 2004 17:42:13


Written with the glorious benefit on hindsight :)

At the time it was written the documentation was correct. The only way SGI could
ensure prom compatibility with future Microsoft filesystems was by having this
FAT16 boot partition.

As it's turned out the prom can boot of the latest flavour NTFS so this
precaution has proved not to be necessary.
 
 
 

Help! 320 Workstation standstill

Post by Randolph J » Thu, 29 Jan 2004 02:08:55

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A) I am not a Windows support person.

B) I make limited use of Windows because some of the software I want to
use is only available on Windows.

C) I have built at least six multi-boot machines with some combination
of MSDOS, Windows NT4, Windows 2000, RedHat 6, RedHat 7, RedHat 9
or RedHat LTS on each. The most complex is a hexa-boot: Linux 7 and
LTS, MSDOS, Windows NT4 SP6a and 2 copies of Windows 2000 SP4 (because
I have some software products that can not ``stand'' each other).

D) I do not know whether an SGI 320 can boot from a CDROM directly; but,
I have the impression that it can from discussions in these groups.

E) I do not know whether an SGI 320 can boot from a floppy directly.

F) You may like to determine whether a SGI 320 can boot Tom's from
a floppy: http://www.toms.net/rb/ and run mkdosfs.

You may like to determine whether a SGI 320 can boot any version
of Partition Magic (a commerical product) from either CDROM or
floppy and use it to make a FAT partition. The standalone versions
run under an included copy of DRDOS.

You may like to determine whether a SGI 320 can boot a Knoppix
CDROM: http://www.knoppix.org/ and use the tools therein (perhaps,
mkdosfs, fdformat or mformat) to make the FAT partition.

Randolph J. Herber, XXXX@XXXXX.COM , +1 630 840 2966, CD/CDFTF PK-149F,
Mail Stop 318, Fermilab, Kirk & Pine Rds., PO Box 500, Batavia, IL 60510-0500,
USA. (Speaking for myself and not for US, US DOE, FNAL nor URA.) (Product,
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