Resurrecting the slab

Started by jscott, August 28, 2023, 07:35:32 PM

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Hi gang. I'm the original owner of a NeXTstation Turbo Color. Well, sort of. I was a Campus Consultant as an undergraduate from fall of 1992 to spring of 1993 when NeXT ended the program. When I came on board as a CC, NeXT sent me a mono station. I managed to hang onto that slab after I was laid off, and then I swapped it for a Turbo Color when my school traded its NeXT hardware in for SPARCstations.

The slab was my primary desktop machine from 1992 until 1999 or so. I packed it up in June of 2000 when I moved house, and it sat in its boxes until last week. So it's something of a time capsule for me.

One new clock battery and it booted right up.

My current challenge is re-establishing the boot from the external hard drive, shown here just for kicks:

My memory is fuzzy but at some point I switched to booting from the giant 2GB external drive. When I boot from the internal drive, it shows up as a mount, so the drive looks to be functional. However, when I try bsd(1,0,0) from the ROM monitor, it looks like it switches to booting from the internal drive. You'll have to take my word for it that I'm doing bsd(1,0,0), but in the screenshot below you can see the "root on sd0" status message.

Any ideas what I'm doing wrong here?

Next step is to find the SCSI2 to SCSI2 cable I'm sure I have so that I can connect my Sun CD-ROM drive and maybe upgrade to NeXTSTEP 3.3 and apply the Y2K patch ;D


Core i7 2600 | Adaptec 2940UW Pro | SMC 9332 Fast Ethernet 10/100 Adapter | Sound Blaster 16 PCI | Nvidia Geforce 1050TI | Openstep 4.2