I have an iSeries i520 (9406-520) which does not appear to have i5 OS installed. I would like to try installing Linux on this machine, but am stumped as to how to get the SMS prompt to get things going. I've tried both HMC ports and the other ethernet ports using the default IPs found in Redbooks (eg. 192.168.2.146, 169.254.2.146, etc...), tried all the serial ports (9600 8N1, 19200 8N1), and tried to set the IPL type from the front panel. No good.
So far, all I can get the machine to do is say (via code on the front panel) it is ready to load the OS. I can't get any response at all from the ethernet, HMC, or serial ports. As far as I can tell from the front panel there are no faults. If I start the IPL with the install DVD in the drive it does try to read it. I have the twinax breakout box but no twinax terminal.
Any suggestions? From what I recall long ago you ought to see something if you connect a 5250 to port 0. However, everything I've read online makes it seem that you can connect to the ASMI via an HMC port even if you don't have an HMC and get the box configured to boot from DVD. But, how?
If this thing's a boat anchor without i5 OS then I'd be open to trades for a pSeries with anyone who needs an i520.
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Re: how to get SMS console on i5202009-08-31T19:49:16Z in response to SystemAdminDear Alex,
I talked to a friend in Rochester about your issue, and he came up with the following action list:
- You'll need to have a PC with hypertem (or other serial console client, like minicom), and connect to port S0 (serial port 0)
- Then you can do a function 30 on the front panel to discover the ip address of the hmc0 and hmc1 ports
- After that, you can configure the same PC to be in the same network and access ASMI
- Set the machine back to factory defaults (Be cautious here, as you will lose any lpar/network configs by doing this)
- Then you can try to boot the IBM Installation Toolkit DVD, and you should be able to interurpt the boot to get to sms
According to him you should make sure IPL is set to normal, and if you have problems accessing the S0 port, try to use the default baud rate of 9600.