freshy98 at gmx
Mar 17, 2005, 3:51 AM
Post #3 of 7
Using an Octane with VPro gives this error indeed.
I Have a Vpro V6 next to my ESI+ESSI so I can confirm it.
The only way to bootp a Octane with VPro is to remove videocard support
in the kernel, and boot over serial.
> Florian Wobbe wrote:
>> but unfortunately I cannot enter PROM of Octane2 by sending break
>> over null modem cable (http://caradhras.ccslab.aueb.gr/faq.html -
>> 'cu -s 9600 -l ttyS0'). Sometimes 'cu' gets some weird characters
>> messing up the console. The System Maintenance Menu is never
>> displayed though. Octane boots straight to IRIX. This is strange
>> because I can get into the System Maintenance Menu of an O2 by
>> sending brake, using the same setup.
> AFAIK, this might be referencing a Sparc. You can trigger a Sparc box
> to drop to the PROM via a break. In graphical mode, make sure the
> following PROM variables are set:
> This will prevent IRIX from booting up. You can also remove the disk
> drive to force IRIX to not load (for obvious reasons). Once there,
> you can switch back to serial if you like. IRIX should immediately
> drop to PROM after several seconds; i.e.:
> Running power-on diagnostics...
> System Maintenance Menu
> 1) Start System
> 2) Install System Software
> 3) Run Diagnostics
> 4) Recover System
> 5) Enter Command Monitor
> You can also try mashing the ESC key if it still doesn't do this --
> that usually drops to PROM on most SGIs I've tinkered with.
> As for the freeze on execution, it may very well be executing, but
> sending output to the wrong location. While in theory, the netboot
> should work fine on Octane2, no one I know of has ever tested it, thus
> we can't confidently say it can boot. For all we know, VPro could be
> doing something funky.
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