Subject: Re: Newbie
To: Wayne Knowles <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Collin Baillie <email@example.com>
Date: 11/04/2000 21:13:32
On Sun, 5 Nov 2000 12:43:22 +1300 (NZDT), Wayne Knowles wrote:
> Hi Colin,
> If you look at it from a probability perspective there is a higher
> likelyhood that the disk will fail. When we had a similar unit in
> with around 8 x 1GB WREN disks we had miliple drive failures an never had
> a SCSI controller failure over a 5 year period.
> I would assume the unit would have shipped with a QIC-150 or QIC-120 tape
> drive for performing the OS install. You can perform a sprobe from the
> monitor prompt to display the SCSI devices. If you see the QIC-150 tape
> drive (it has a vendor name of Archive Viper) then the SCSI controller is
> alive - I would bet that is the case.
Allrighty. I've asked the club to draft a letter up to the collgge, so we
should (fingers crossed) soon be the proud owners of a piece of computer
history, and maybe we will even get to make some ourselves :)
So, being the utter newbie that I am to mipsco computers and porting, 2
1. Does anyone have a list (however big or small) of commans I can use on
the machine when we get it to find out anything I can about its current
state? I've read there can be problems with the NVRAM on the thernet... is
this true? if there is a problem, how do I find it? How do I fix it?
2. What can I start reading in order to be some kind of use when the prot
begins? I'd really like to be part of the team that makes this mipsco port,
and I basically know very little about this kind of stuff.
Hopefully I can get back to you very soon with the news that the machine is
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