New to SGI Need Some Help

New to SGI Need Some Help

Post by scott_r_al » Tue, 29 Jul 2003 14:43:39


HI ALL

im totaly new to SGI, i have no experience with them and really not
much outside of the standard windows and mac world. linux and unix
systems are something i want to learn. recently a friend of mine gave
me a SGI O2 box. he picked it up from an estate sale and figured id
like it. anyway, it has no manuals and no media disks with it.

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?

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.

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!

Scott
 
 
 

New to SGI Need Some Help

Post by Tony 'Nico » Tue, 29 Jul 2003 16:37:42

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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.

http://www.yqcomputer.com/ , dive
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
being second-class).


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 ;)

--
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-- http://www.yqcomputer.com/ ://nicoya.feline.pp.se/ --

 
 
 

New to SGI Need Some Help

Post by sgiskywrit » Tue, 29 Jul 2003 17:44:50

> ive started up the system [running irix 6.5; but its listed as 6.2 and

I'd start to check if the hardware is OK. Interupt the boot process and
enter "System diagnostics" or attach a terminal to the serial port and
choose "run diagnostics".


http://www.yqcomputer.com/ is a good site

http://www.yqcomputer.com/ has all Sgi manuals online. Just download and read :-)


Nope, Linux won't run on the O2. Besides Irix is much more fun than Linux.

All Sgi boxes are recoverable :-)

The amount of work needed can differ though :-)

/Muller