looking for Motorola PowerStack manuals, info, Any model
g-wright at att.net
g-wright at att.net
Mon Aug 18 16:37:12 CDT 2008
The systems I have where used for software development mostly.
Since NT was to run on a many different processors, a lot of software
companies had to test there software on all system. I would believe
quit a lot of money was spent trying to cover all of the Processors
and systems. One of mine has a "X86 on RISC engine" with many
software tools. These are the PC looking Mini tower and low profile
desk tops. 133 mhz. Theses where quit fast in the time. (12 years ago).
The later systems where mainly use for Severs. Look like a "Bose Radio"
One thing to watch for is the boot screen. this may not be setup right..
These have a lot of setup options. I finally just install another drive,
made a 10 meg FAT partition from the startup menu and loaded NT4.0.
It loads very quickly, makes the NT partition, looks just like a PC install.
When it finished I could see what the bios setting where and then reinstalled
the original drive . Make any needed partition changes and away it went..
I installed the original drive on a Intel NT box (second drive) and backed up
the drive first. Theses have both a FAT and NT partitions. It uses
the FAT partition to get it going. It can also have other OS partitions also.
The boot screen has a lot of options that have to be right in order for it to boot.
Mine had lost there configuration info so it defaulted to bad settings. These will
boot from a NT Cdrom,. install NT , Load the "FAT" partition with the
needed boot files. When finished it reloads the boot menu system Cmos with
the needed path statements. I used a password tool on the Intel box to
change the administator Passwd on the Motorola drive.
So If you got a drive with it ??? look at the drive first, best on another
machine, to see if anything is on it. Your not going to find much for these
any longer. So make the best of what you have. The FDOS program
which is in ROM, wont help any if the boot partition info is bad. This gives
you many of the MS-Dos type commands to access and or copy files
with out booting the system
If not then re-load NT, AIX or some other unix variant
-------------- Original message from Michael Lee <mikelee at tdh.com>: --------------
> So, been reading the thread on the PowerStack and not sure what the
> different models are. I recently acquired a couple of the "Motorola
> PowerStack which supposedly runs a flavor of NT and AIX. The only
> information I found was they are PPC604 (or around there) models. What
> is the 88k?
> How uncommon are these systems? The ones I got were from an ex-Motorola
> employee who "rescued" them years ago from the HQ. The only information
> I have is what he has shared with me, as there is very little
> information online. They aren't that old, and debatable vintage at this
> point, but was interesting enough to add to the collection. Are there
> any online resources for these?
> g-wright at att.net wrote:
> > Hi,
> > I have been looking for a long time and it seems these are
> > not easy to find ???
> > - Jerry
> > Jerry Wright
> > JLC inc
> > g-wright at att.net
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