I have previously posted about this on reddit, but things seem pretty active here too, so I thought I’d give it a shot…
I am currently trying to resurrect what I think is the first Rev 6 prototype - SN PPC95111000, dual 66mhz.
It was donated to a Computer Club at a University here in Perth Australia by a local software author back in 1998 or 1999, along with a Rev 8 BeBox, dual 133mhz. I first joined the club in 2002, and while the dual 133mhz was working at the time, the dual 66mhz has never worked. It lacked RAM, Video card, floppy drive, everything… it was just a case, faulty power supply, motherboard and IO card
But I like a challenge… so it’s at my place for long term restoration… here’s what I’ve done so far:
- Repaired power supply - had popped caps, now working fine, voltages all check out etc
- Replaced power switch - old one had impact damage and would short out or disconnect load. Sourced identical replacement from Digikey
- Replaced push buttons on front - mushrooms had broken off, found replacements, replaced.
- Obtained RAM (2 x 32MB DIMMs)
- Obtained S3 Trio64 PCI video card - card didn’t initially work, pulled BIOS chip from card, cleaned contacts, working again
- Obtained floppy cable (mine only one was a two connector one with a twist in the IDC cable. Got a period correct three connector one)
- Attached floppy drive (had two in spares)
- Attached IDE DVD-ROM (Pioneer DVR-111) using 40 conductor cable
So, here’s where we are right now in terms of config:
- Working AT PSU
- Pioner DVR-111BK Optical drive, set as IDE master
- IBM Deskstar 500GB, capacity clipped to 32GB, set as IDE slave
- Working floppy drive
- 2 x 32MB RAM DIMMs
- Rev 6 Motherboard
- IO Card
At startup, it seeks to the floppy drive.
Thinking the Boot ROM might be hosed, I downloaded the boot disk image from ftp://ftp.icm.edu.pl/pub/beos/beos_updates/r3/bebox/, wrote it to a 1.44mb floppy disk on a mac using “dd”, put it in the floppy drive, and it read the image. I left it for about 10 minutes of inactivity, powered the machine off, removed the floppy, attached a serial cable, powered it on holding down F1, and it now displays this at bootup, which it didn’t do before:
Configured boot device is ‘/dev/ide_disk_master’
A very kind person captured the serial output from his BeBox at https://pastebin.com/55Zn5M2A - the one I’m working on doesn’t display anything before the “Configured boot device is” line, unlike this one, but it’s a Rev 6, so… who knows.
I’m trying to boot off a CD (in the DVD drive, IDE master) I burnt on a Mac using an app called “Burn” from the bin/cue files from archive dot org BeosVersion5.0.3IntelAndPpc
It doesn’t show anything out of the VGA port - I’ve tried the card in all three PCI slots too. I’ve tried the graphics card back in a PC before and after and it works on both occasions.
Do we think it needs to be an IDE CD-ROM vs DVD? I can probably dig one up from a friend if so…
Things I have tried:
- Booting with no RAM = no output on serial
- Booting without one or both IDE devices attached = errors on serial