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NeXT Computer, Inc. => Sun / HPPA Hardware => Topic started by: tmkdev on June 24, 2019, 04:32:57 pm

Title: HP 9000/712 100 install help?
Post by: tmkdev on June 24, 2019, 04:32:57 pm
Trying to install Nextstep 3.3 onto an HP 712/100 Gecko. I can boot the install CD, it gives me a few options and gets to the install or advanced options selection and that's when the keyboard stops working.. Can't enter anything - even though it just worked for keyboard selection and the other couple of prompts.

Help? Anybody still out there?
Title: Re: HP 9000/712 100 install help?
Post by: barcher174 on June 24, 2019, 05:38:59 pm
These machines are -really- picky about the CDROM used to install. I used a yamaha drive that as I recall would only work reliably as device #2.
Title: Re: HP 9000/712 100 install help?
Post by: tmkdev on June 26, 2019, 06:48:49 pm
Tried 2 different CDs in 2 different CDROM drives, even tried copying the ISO to a hard drive partition.

I still can't get past the 1. install 2. advanced menu after the mach kernel loads. If I mash my keyboard I can get a 7 and a 2 out of it. I can't get enter/y/n etc. Like the keyboard isn't right for the driver or something? Keyboard works fine in HPUX/Linux.

It's an old 102 key HP keyboard? Maybe that's it? I wish I had another to try..

Ideas?
Title: Re: HP 9000/712 100 install help?
Post by: Rob Blessin Black Hole on June 30, 2019, 02:47:00 pm
I know you also have to set the scsi ID to 6 for the CDrom drive.  Is it a ps2 keyboard connector? also
"Most important fact missing on this FAQ is that you need BootROM 1.9 or higher for NeXTStep to boot and install.  I found this tidbit out the hard way."   
I have a pair of 725's I want to try!
Title: Re: HP 9000/712 100 install help?
Post by: tmkdev on July 01, 2019, 11:20:58 pm
Ordered a different cheapo PS/2 keyboard. See if that helps when it shows up.

TMKDEV
Title: Re: HP 9000/712 100 install help?
Post by: tmkdev on July 11, 2019, 03:46:07 am
Cheap keyboard got closer but not close enough.. Going to try one more. Something in the nextstep hppa ps/2 driver must be really picky..
Title: Re: HP 9000/712 100 install help?
Post by: tmkdev on July 26, 2019, 03:52:57 pm
A surplus HP keyboard I picked up does the trick - Model HP KB-0316 (Silver and black PS/2) if anybody else has this issue.

The installer doesn't like my CDROM - gets further along when I copy the ISO to a hard drive partition and boot that. It then dies trying to format the new partition for install. There a max size or something that might cause that? Does it have to be SCSI ID6 that gets installed?

Thanks!