RS/6000 7043-140 boot floppies
mtapley at swri.edu
Mon Feb 18 15:55:01 CST 2019
> On Feb 18, 2019, at 11:49 AM, Alan Perry via cctech <cctech at classiccmp.org> wrote:
> Is there some trick to making boot floppies for the RS/6000 7043-140 (a mid-90s PReP architecture machine)?
> I initially tried to install Solaris 2.5.1 on it and created the boot floppy by dd'ing the image using a SPARCstation (running NetBSD). I dd'ed the image over, dd'ed it back and verified the SPARCstation could read back what it had written to the floppy. The RS/6000 loads what is on the floppy, but hangs transferring control to what it loaded.
> The 7043-140 does not appear on the list of supported systems in the Solaris 2.5.1 release notes, so, even though 2.5.1 supports PReP and the 7043-140 is a PReP machine, maybe they aren't compatible, so I tried NetBSD. The 7043-140 is listed as a supported system.
> The NetBSD boot floppy images are confusing to me. The files are too large to fit on a 1.44M floppy. I didn't see instructions on how to make boot floppies out of the .fs files one can download in the install instructions. I went ahead and tried to dd the part that fits onto a 1.44M floppy and try to boot that and of course that failed. I have e-mailed the NetBSD prep mailing list and no response from that.
> The system does boot the AIX install on one of its hard disks, but this is a recycled system and I don't have usernames/passwords for that install.
> Does anyone here have a suggestion on how to proceed?
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does the machine also have a CD drive? I got a *lot* of help fast from this list last year while resetting root and user passwords on one of those machines by using the first CD of the AIX install set. I guess that won’t help toward solaris but at least you could run AIX.
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