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TRU64 cannot boot or even go to SRM prompt

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Danz R
Occasional Advisor

TRU64 cannot boot or even go to SRM prompt

Hi Guys,

I have a system (ES45) running tru64 v5.1b using Smart Array 5300 controller for the BA6106d drive cage - there are 6 x 146 GB disk in the drive cage with the first two in RAID1 and the next 4 in RAID5 configuration. 1 of the 4 disks in RAID 5 config appears to be defective. When the server was rebooted the message on the console states:

"The following SCSI drive(s) need Automatic Data Recovery (Rebuild):›4;1H SCSI Port 1: SCSI IDs 0, 5›5;1H Select "F1" to continue with recovery of data to drive(s)›6;1H Select "F2" to continue without recovery of data to drive(s)›7;1H (RESUME = "F1" OR "F2" KEY)"

Pressing F1 or F2 doesn't have any response (we're using VT510 Terminal). Is there any other way to skip this process and proceed with the boot up or even going to the SRM prompt?

Regards,
DR
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Steven Schweda
Honored Contributor

Re: TRU64 cannot boot or even go to SRM prompt

I know nothing, but have you tried the PF1 or
PF2 keys on the keypad? (It works with the
Solaris installer when using a "VT100".
Perhaps someone else thought the same way.)
Kapil Jha
Honored Contributor

Re: TRU64 cannot boot or even go to SRM prompt

If it is hanging for long time press
esc esc rmc and recylcle power by power off and then power on.
then try to pressing F2 if you do not have data backup.
otherwise F1 and continue.
Have you changed disks recently....disks might have gone bad........
BR,
Kapil
I am in this small bowl, I wane see the real world......
Hein van den Heuvel
Honored Contributor

Re: TRU64 cannot boot or even go to SRM prompt

I know even less than Steven, but how about rebooting with a 'real' keyboard and/or monitor attached, just to get you over this hump? You have to get to the system anyway to do the drive swap.

fwiw,
Hein.
Steven Schweda
Honored Contributor

Re: TRU64 cannot boot or even go to SRM prompt

%ITRC-I-QUESTCOMPARE, In this statement, the
unsigned expression "[what] I know" is being
compared with a relational operator to a
constant whose value is not greater than zero.
This might not be what you intended.
at line number 1 in file http://forums.itrc.hp.com/service/forums/questionanswer.do?threadId=1202337 Feb 11, 2008 13:28:04 GMT
Danz R
Occasional Advisor

Re: TRU64 cannot boot or even go to SRM prompt

Thanks Guys for the prompt reply. I have noticed that the external array was mistakenly connected to the external port of the 5300 smart array controller B used by the BA6106D internally with the boot disk dyb0. When this was transferred to the other controller (pya0 external ports) the system went to the SRM console. The setup has been a total mess at this point and I am desperately trying to find ways on figuring it out.

I am currently trying to change the boot_dev SRM value from dyb0 to dya0 but it returns an error saying that I cannot change the boot_dev value because it is protected. Can anyone suggest which other parameter do I need to change in order to set boot_dev from dyb0 to dya0?
Steven Schweda
Honored Contributor
Solution

Re: TRU64 cannot boot or even go to SRM prompt

> [...] I cannot change the boot_dev value [...]

That's because it's history. To affect the
future, try setting "bootdef_dev".
Danz R
Occasional Advisor

Re: TRU64 cannot boot or even go to SRM prompt

Thanks Steven. Can you send me a link on the users guide/manual of the SRM console?

And the link for a free downloadable application that I can install on my laptop to be connected serially to the server to have console access (like KEA!). I am not successful in looking for the free downloadable KEA application.

Regards,
Hein van den Heuvel
Honored Contributor

Re: TRU64 cannot boot or even go to SRM prompt

I use a PuTTY V0.59.
It allows you to connect 'serial' next to 'Raw, Telnet, Rlogin and SSH'.

Hein.
Danz R
Occasional Advisor

Re: TRU64 cannot boot or even go to SRM prompt

Hi Hein,

Does this provide console access to the server? Like hyperterminal etc.?
Steven Schweda
Honored Contributor

Re: TRU64 cannot boot or even go to SRM prompt

> [...] users guide/manual of the SRM
> console?

Details may depend on the hardware model
and/or firmware version. Google can probably
locate more than I can. A while ago, this
was useful:

http://ftp.digital.com/pub/Digital/info/semiconductor/literature/srmcons.pdf

alternatively, SRM_CNSOL_USERS_GDE.PDF (in
some case or other), but that server seems
not to exist (under that name, anyway) these
days. That one's "for Alpha Microprocessor
Motherboards". If you can't find something
better/comparable/suitable, let me know, and
I can put what I have onto my server
somewhere.

Perhaps somewhere under:

http://h18002.www1.hp.com/alphaserver/es.html
Steven Schweda
Honored Contributor

Re: TRU64 cannot boot or even go to SRM prompt

> [...] a free downloadable application [...]

I normally use an Alpha workstation, but I
have used TeraTerm.

http://www.ayera.com/teraterm/
Pieter 't Hart
Honored Contributor

Re: TRU64 cannot boot or even go to SRM prompt

>>> we're using VT510 Terminal

on the original VT terminal F1 sends xon/xoff signal, F2 is print-screen function.
So this is meant to work with graphics console and keyboard connected directly to the system.
You could try changeing the setup of the terminal (F3) -> keyboard and modify the behaviour of F1 and F2 .
Hein van den Heuvel
Honored Contributor

Re: TRU64 cannot boot or even go to SRM prompt

>Hi Hein,
> Does this provide console access to the
> server? Like hyperterminal etc.?

What part of 'serial' do you not understand?

Yes, my reply was in immediate answer to your question above it:

"And the link for a free downloadable application that I can install on my laptop to be connected serially to the server to have console access (like KEA!)."

Ok, so I did not actually provide a link.
Just google: putty download serial.

And yes, I have used PuTTY, to get free terminal emulator access from Windoze to an Alpha server serial console in my basement.

Enjoy!
Hein.