Later last night I stuck my Wyse 60 terminal on the machine, and got
the diagnostics running there. You said normal PS/2 keyboards don't work
on these things? That's news to me, since I've seen what appear to be
normal IBM "clicky" style PS/2 kerboards (same thing I'm using) on these
machines all over the place. (this PS/2 keyboard is the old IBM style,
In the diagnostics, the machine appears to be ok. I basically tested
everything. There "might" be an NVRAM battery problem, but I doubt it
since I messed with the boot-up device sequence last night, and powered off
the machine, and the settings are still there today. Honestly, I think
that maybe what I really need to do is just snag an AIX CD-ROM and
reinstall the OS on the machine. IBM workstations aren't the friendliest
thing in the world when it comes to "screwing around", and in it's previous
configuration this machine was setup in a manner where it probably depended
on being in a certain network.
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> > Later, I went to a machine where a friend of mine had put disk
> > images of the diagnostic disks (the last test was using the diagnostic
> > stuff on the hard drive, since I had no disks in the machine), and
> > made some disks. Then, I put the machine in service mode, and booted
> > using the disks. I got it to the point where the screen initalized,
> > and asked me to hit F1 then Enter on the keyboard where I wanted my
> > console, but doing this on the PS/2 IBM keyboard plugged into the
> > machine did nothing. Anyone have and ideas?
> First, PS/2 keyboards will not normally work on an IBM RISC System/6000.
> You will need the one designed for this system. Better still is to
> use a dumb terminal attached to a native serial port for your console.
> A PC running a terminal emulator program, i.e. Telix, will work too.
> Set the terminal for 8 bits, no parity, 1 stop bit and 9600 bit per
> second. Use a "full handshaking" null modem in the cable that you
> are attached to the serial port.
> For your flashing 888 problem double check that all of the adapter
> card are seated, SCSI IDs are unique, don't use 7, and the the external
> SCSI bus is terminated at the last device.
> Jerry M.
> Seen on a Tee Shirt, "Never GREP a YACC by the INODE".