> I've been administering various unix systems for over 20 years, but this
> is the first time I've ever dealt with AIX boxen. With AIX being the
> single largest lacking area of my Unix portfolio I decided to buy a used
> 7043-150 with 5.1L preinstalled and the OS CDs plus various other CDs.
> The system came preloaded and seems to work fine. However I want to be
> familiar with the OS loading procedure so I want to be able to boot from
> the CDROM to reload everything.
> When I power the system up and the POST completes I get the usual white
> screen on the graphics console and the icons for system keyboard memory
> etc. What I can't figure out is how to interrupt the boot sequence to get
> to the firmware prompt (from what I read should be either 0> or 1> for
> serial or 2> for the graphics console).
> The only key that I can hit that does anything at all is the space key
> - which then seems to send the system into some kind of panic,
> spitting out screen after screen of garbage. Any other key does nothing
> and the system boots right into the OS. I've read in other places that
> there should be some kind of message at boot up to hit a certain F-key to
> interrupt but I never see that message.
> I've tried this using the first serial port as the console with no luck
> either. Am I doing something wrong ? Any help is greatly appreciated.