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We have a PowerServer 320H Type 7012 which has been running reliably for 12 years. Now it will not boot. Initially it was a SCSI bus problem, as it seems from the results after running "diag". Now the machine is not even booting and hangs at an alternate 223/229 or 243 and sometimes at 555. Does anyone have any idea what the problem might be? IBM has washed its hands of the problem....

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    Default Problem booting old RS6000

    We have a PowerServer 320H Type 7012 which has been running reliably
    for 12 years. Now it will not boot.

    Initially it was a SCSI bus problem, as it seems from the results
    after running "diag". Now the machine is not even booting and hangs
    at an alternate 223/229 or 243 and sometimes at 555.

    Does anyone have any idea what the problem might be? IBM has washed
    its hands of the problem.
    Arijit Guest

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    Default Re: Problem booting old RS6000

    Arijit wrote:
    > We have a PowerServer 320H Type 7012 which has been running reliably
    > for 12 years. Now it will not boot.
    >
    > Initially it was a SCSI bus problem, as it seems from the results
    > after running "diag". Now the machine is not even booting and hangs
    > at an alternate 223/229 or 243 and sometimes at 555.
    Does not find a SCSI boot device. If you have luck only the bootlist was
    cleared, if you have less luck, the hd is dead.
    > Does anyone have any idea what the problem might be? IBM has washed
    > its hands of the problem.
    Check for proper cabling and termination of the SCSI bus. Then try
    booting with keylock in maintenance mode and correct the bootlist for
    normal mode. If your hd is dead, you'll need a reecent backup.

    ---
    Uli

    Ulrich--nO--(dot)-sPAM--Link Guest

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    Default Re: Problem booting old RS6000

    Ulrich--nO--(dot)-sPAM--Link wrote:
    > Arijit wrote:
    >
    >> We have a PowerServer 320H Type 7012 which has been running reliably
    >> for 12 years. Now it will not boot.
    >>
    Just a thought: if the problem *is* with the bootlist, it could well be
    because the battery is dead after so many years.
    Nick H

    >> Initially it was a SCSI bus problem, as it seems from the results
    >> after running "diag". Now the machine is not even booting and hangs
    >> at an alternate 223/229 or 243 and sometimes at 555.
    >
    >
    > Does not find a SCSI boot device. If you have luck only the bootlist was
    > cleared, if you have less luck, the hd is dead.
    >
    >> Does anyone have any idea what the problem might be? IBM has washed
    >> its hands of the problem.
    >
    >
    > Check for proper cabling and termination of the SCSI bus. Then try
    > booting with keylock in maintenance mode and correct the bootlist for
    > normal mode. If your hd is dead, you'll need a reecent backup.
    >
    > ---
    > Uli
    >

    Nick H (UK) Guest

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    Default Re: Problem booting old RS6000

    You might just have a bad boot image on the disk, you might try booting the
    system up in maintenance from tape or cdrom, and then after mounting the
    filesystems, run the following command:

    bosboot -ad hdisk0

    then bootlist -m normal hdisk0 (I think thats right)

    Later,

    Mike
    "Nick H (UK)" <Nospammridangam.com> wrote in message
    news:3F571FA8.9010003mridangam.com...
    > Ulrich--nO--(dot)-sPAM--Link wrote:
    > > Arijit wrote:
    > >
    > >> We have a PowerServer 320H Type 7012 which has been running reliably
    > >> for 12 years. Now it will not boot.
    > >>
    >
    > Just a thought: if the problem *is* with the bootlist, it could well be
    > because the battery is dead after so many years.
    > Nick H
    >
    >
    > >> Initially it was a SCSI bus problem, as it seems from the results
    > >> after running "diag". Now the machine is not even booting and hangs
    > >> at an alternate 223/229 or 243 and sometimes at 555.
    > >
    > >
    > > Does not find a SCSI boot device. If you have luck only the bootlist was
    > > cleared, if you have less luck, the hd is dead.
    > >
    > >> Does anyone have any idea what the problem might be? IBM has washed
    > >> its hands of the problem.
    > >
    > >
    > > Check for proper cabling and termination of the SCSI bus. Then try
    > > booting with keylock in maintenance mode and correct the bootlist for
    > > normal mode. If your hd is dead, you'll need a reecent backup.
    > >
    > > ---
    > > Uli
    > >
    >
    >

    Michael Plutt Guest

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