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Re: x86'er needs help with an rs/6000

On Thu, 18 Nov 1999, Alberto Varesio wrote:

> Gerald Turner wrote:
> > 
> > Forget my first question - a friend of mine tugged hard enough on the
> > plastic ediface to get the case open!
> Yes, sometimes you have to be rude!
> > 
> > What I found was:
> > 
> > A single PPC module @ 166Mhz (damn!)
>     Maybe you can add another one ... sure it is not a 233 ?

Positively 166 (or 167?!).  It's a big icky module that looks IBM
specific, perhaps specific to only this model of RS/6000 (F40) - even if
IBM still sells it, I'm sure it'll cost lots :-(

Speaking of expensive IBM parts, is it possible that the board can use
regular PC dimms? (FYI, the box has 1996 written all over it)

> > 2 x 128MB RAM chips (256MB total)
> > Onboard Symbios SCSI controller
> > SCSI card with 3 Adaptec 788x chips
> > 3com 3c905 ethernet card (in addition to onboard ethernet)
> > S3 video card
>      You should attach here to play with linux, you will get a console,
>      but no graphic at the moment
> > A strange full sized ISA card with 2 VGA looking connectors
> > 4 x hotswap SCSI disks
> > DAT drive, CDROM, floppy, etc.
> > Apparently has sound (will need to inspect the motherboard more closly)
> > Has a 3rd PS2 style connector with a peculiar glyph (mouse, keyboard and
> > ???)
>       This is the tablet connector for use with CAD/CAM software.
> > 
> > Can anybody help me identify the strange ISA card, it looks similar to
> > some IBM mainframe terminal cards I've ran into several years ago...
>       It can be anything, check delivery papers ...

I finally got into "SMS" (i.e. BIOS) by searching comp.unix.aix and
finding the F1/F5 keys...  The not-really-PS2 port is a tablet, the
strange ISA card is a 128 port asynchronous adapter, and 3 of the 4 drives
are in hardware raid! 

I'd like to know whether the 128 port controller is supported in Linux,

> Have a look at
> http://www.rs6000.ibm.com/hardware/workgroups/f40_specs.html
> http://www.debian.org/~porter
Ah, so this may be a PReP machine?  This is the sort of information I was
looking for in my second question...

I guess I'll try booting a floppy or two, and then go actually read the
install.txt ;P

> ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/potato/
> ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/potato/main/disks-powerpc/
> It runs AIX, it will run Debian, YellowDog or LinuxPPC, with some work!

It is running AIX 4.something (exact version scrolls by too fast in the
little xconsole window during boot)... Too bad I don't have any of the AIX
installation media - I'd really like to check out AIX before trashing it
for Debian.

I find it very impressive that X loads early during init and most of the
boot messages scroll through the xconsole window.

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Thanks for your help!

Gerald Turner

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