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Old 03-19-2004, 06:35 PM   #1
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Unhappy Can't login to my new (to me) SGI Origin 200 server


In December, I bought an SGI Origin 200 rackserver off of eBay for $200. I finally figured out that it uses a text terminal instead of a monitor, so now I can finally turn it on after three months of it just sitting there.

I tried to guess the password, but that didn't work, so I restarted it and went to the maintenance screen. One of the options was the command prompt, and after I chose that, I changed the password. The only thing was that the prompt wasn't fully functional. Thankfully, passwd worked, but the following did not:
cd
which
pwd
whoami

Since whoami didn't work, I don't know for what user I changed the account. After changing the password, I tried guessing usernames, but that didn't work, either.

It's running IRIX 6.5, which is about four years old, or so. From what I can gather from the text in the looong startup, this computer used to be node #6 in a cluster at DreamWorks.

How can I log in?

Thanks
 
Old 03-20-2004, 06:01 AM   #2
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Can you repartition and format/install?

Chances are they did that on pourpose.
Not many people leave website/network server data, usuable if they are going to sell the computer.

First though, if it running IRIX, find out what filesystem it uses, you may be able to bypass logging in to veiw the filesystem like you would, a linux server. boot from cd/floppy, and mount the root partition.
 
Old 03-22-2004, 11:17 AM   #3
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There is no CD drive or disks, so I there is no possible way for me to reinstall. I think I'm supposed to be able to do it by myself.

I tried a few more times to chage the password, but to no avail. I saved the log this time. I *think* the problem is that the drives haven't been mounted yet. I can't figure out how to do it, though. Maybe someone can help me out. Here it is:

Command Monitor. Type "exit" to return to the menu.
>> ls
dksc(0,1,8)/:
sgilabel ide sash symmon
dksc(0,1,0)/:
. .. 3D dw hw ns ELD POE bin dev dvd eld etc lib mnt opt pdi
rnd sat sin spr tmp trn usr var tmp_mnt anim place proc sprmov
root sprout sbin soft unix dwanimo titlesout archive .cshrc stand
debug studio dwsrc pencil dvdout .rinstall-client .varupdate dwapps
hosts .rconfiglast sinout titles dsmerror.log ELDOUT eldout lib32
lib64 .login .swap.virtual rndout -c.lock POEOUT sgi.tar.gz .profile
>> echo $PATH
$variable not defined
>> su root
Unable to execute su: no such file or directory
>> cd bin
Unable to execute cd: no such file or directory
>> cd dksc(0,1,0)
Unable to execute cd: no such file or directory
>> cd /
Unable to execute cd: no such file or directory
>> getfsstat
Unable to execute getfsstat: no such file or directory
>> /bin/su
Unable to execute /bin/su: no such device
>> mount dksc(0,1,0) /
Unable to execute mount: no such file or directory
>> dksc(0,1,0)/
Unable to execute dksc(0,1,0)/: execute format error
>> cd dksc(0,1,0)/
Unable to execute cd: no such file or directory
>> dksc(0,1,0)/bin/su root
xfs: bin not a directory inode.
Unable to execute dksc(0,1,0)/bin/su: no such file or directory
>> cd --help
Unable to execute cd: no such file or directory
>> info cd
Unable to execute info: no such file or directory
>> rm
Unable to execute rm: no such file or directory
>> ls dksc(0,1,0)
dksc(0,1,0):
. .. 3D dw hw ns ELD POE bin dev dvd eld etc lib mnt opt pdi
rnd sat sin spr tmp trn usr var tmp_mnt anim place proc sprmov
root sprout sbin soft unix dwanimo titlesout archive .cshrc stand
debug studio dwsrc pencil dvdout .rinstall-client .varupdate dwapps
hosts .rconfiglast sinout titles dsmerror.log ELDOUT eldout lib32
lib64 .login .swap.virtual rndout -c.lock POEOUT sgi.tar.gz .profile
>> cd dksc(0,1,0)
Unable to execute cd: no such file or directory
>> mount dksc(0,1,0)
Unable to execute mount: no such file or directory
>>

Any ideas?

Thanks
 
  


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