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: no media disks with it.
Your first step is to go to ebay and rectify that situation.
: ive started up the system [running irix 6.5; but its listed as 6.2 and
: 6.3 in some places on some screens] and it will not startup. it
: errors out with about 100 lines of code that i dont understand, and
: nothing appears to be mounting. worse yet i have no root pass; so im
: not quite sure what to do with it; any hints?
First, see above.
Second, try transcribing any important looking bits of the errors. If there's
really too much to copy, hook up a serial terminal (like a PC + null modem
cable) to the first serial port, drop into the PROM command shell and type
'setenv console d' (no quotes), then reboot as normal. Console output should now
appear on the serial port at 9600/8n1. ('setenv console g' puts the console
output back on the monitor)
Third, in the PROM command shell again, execute 'resetenv'. Sometimes the O2
gets a bit of amnesia and can't quite remember where the boot drive is.
: also, how did you all learn the system? any reccomendations for
: someone to learn this as a hobby? websites and books are great, and im
: in no hurry to learn.
in and get dirty.
: i also wonder is it possible to wipe the system and install a linux
: distro on it; if infact the system is not recoverable? thank you for
: your time!
Don't bother with linux. SGI hardware is a third class citizen in linux-land
(with x86 being first-class, and professionally supported architectures like PPC
Just remember to NEVER NEVER NEVER remove the system board with the power cord
plugged in and you should be safe.
Cheers - Tony 'Nicoya' Mantler ;)
Tony 'Nicoya' Mantler -- Master of Code-fu -- XXXX@XXXXX.COM