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Sun 6500 server.

Discussion in 'Sun Hardware' started by Unmesh Laddha, Jul 3, 2003.

  1. We have bought a old Sun 6500 machine in an auction and I am trying to start
    this machine. I dealt with all Intel machines before and worked on AIX as a
    user so have no idea whether this machine is even booting or not. It has 3
    front panel LEDs in a sequence of Green- Yellow- Green.

    After powering on the machine, the status after several mins is On -
    Flashing Slowly - Off. This server is not connected to the network yet and I
    am not sure what software is on the server. How should I find out that
    whether the server is working? Do we need to buy a terminal to see the

    According to SUN docs, the server is in POST mode when the Yellow flashes
    slowly and 'Right Green' os off. But my question is, how to confirm that all
    hardware is fine and it is finishing POST?

    Anyone out there interested in helping? Any help is highly appreciate.


    Unmesh Laddha, Jul 3, 2003
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  2. Unmesh Laddha

    Mike Jones Guest

    A 6500 -- especially if it has a lot of memory -- can take a *long* tome
    to go through POST if it's set to do all power-up tests. Plugging a
    terminal into serial port A is proabably a good thing to try - that's
    probably where the previous owner had the console set to go.
    Mike Jones, Jul 3, 2003
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  3. You would need to attach an ASCII terminal or do some sort
    of terminal emulation from a PC or PDA. The requirements are
    a null modem cable with settings of 9600/8/N/1.

    I'd be surprised but it might also have a framebuffer installed.
    Look for a 13W3 connector on one of the I/O boards. Otherwise use
    serial port A with your terminal.
    When its finished, you should see one solid green light and
    one flashing green light. This would be the same for all the
    boards too. An amber light staying on means a problem. If you
    set the key switch to the diagnostic position, the POST will
    take even longer and spew out more information. I would only
    suggest doing this the first time since it would take a long
    time to boot up otherwise. Unless this machine has a disk board
    installed or external storage, its probably got no OS to boot.

    -am © 2003
    Anthony Mandic, Jul 4, 2003
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