HP J6700 deskside
The HP VISUALIZE J6700 workstation is a high-performance system capable of handling the most complex problems in computational analysis, advanced 3-D design, and electronic circuit design and veriﬁcation.
This page mostly lists notes and things relating to my particular one, but might be useful for some other machines.
Bits from manuals and openpa:
- 1-2 PA-8700 750 MHz with 768/1536 KB on-chip I/D L1 cache (first released 2001)
- Bi-endian PA-RISC version 2.0 64-bit, MAX-2 multimedia extensions (subword arithmetic)
- 16 278-pin 120 MHz ECC SDRAM DIMM slots in pairs (from 1GB up to 16GB total)
- 500 Watt (output power), 715 Watt (input power) with two VRM modules
- National 87415 IDE controller, optional ATAPI Slim-line CD drive with odd connector
- Symbios Logic 53C896 Ultra2-Wide SCSI-3 controller
- Up to two Low-Voltage Differential (LVD) SCSI hard drives
- 68-pin HD SCSI-3 Ultra2-Wide LVD connector (SE)
- DEC 21142/43 Fast Ethernet controller (Tulip) 802.3 RJ45, 10/100 Base T
- Two USB (Universal Serial Bus) connectors (keyboard and mouse)
- Two serial interface connectors (RS-232C)
- Analog Devices AD1889 sound chip
- Audio connectors (line input, line output, headphone, and microphone)
- Three PCI-4X slots at 3.3V, 66MHz, fourth bridge does onboard devices
There is no parallel port, despite what openpa.net says. The handbook links are also dead now. Does anyone have a source for the old manuals?
The Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) indicator is located on the front panel. The LCD has two 16 characters lines.
The J6700 workstations can support up to two hot-pluggable, Low-Voltage Differential (LVD) hard disk drives. These hard disk drives are 3.5-inch form factor, 10K RPM devices which connect to Ultra2 Wide LVD (Low Voltage Differential) SCSI interfaces on the disk bay backplane.
Rear panel has something called the Transfer of Control (TOC) Button. Apparently it will cause a dump and reboot in case the system is otherwise completely unresponsive.
System speaker is located in the power supply. System board LEDs are also seen through the grille. Service handbook has the explanations for them.
The J6700 workstation has a remote power-on feature that allows you to power up and shut down your workstation remotely through the RS232 port.
Finding a console
...you may need to perform the following if your screen is blank. Cycle the power to the workstation. Wait 2 seconds after the Num Lock light ﬂashes near the end of the boot sequence, and then press [Tab] to initiate the automatic monitor selection process.
- Disconnect the USB keyboard connector from the rear panel.
- Connect a serial terminal emulator to the Serial 1 connector (the left serial connector) on the rear panel. Conﬁgure the terminal for: 9600 baud, No Stop Bits, No Parity, and 8 Bits.
- Power on the workstation. The system will now display the console to the terminal connected to Serial 1 port. Note that you can use a 9-pin to 9-pin serial cable (HP Part Number F1044-80002) to connect an HP OmniBook serial port to the workstation.
Looks like the keyboard is the key to detecting local console vs serial. Serial should work 9600 8N1, port 1, in the traditional way.
I managed to boot using both keyboard/monitor and serial console. Booting was stopped on a few tries by memory errors. I removed all the RAM and inserted it in sets, booting to check and try things. Eventually all RAM was detected and system boots.
Happily, the RTC seems to be ticking away very nearly correct time.
There now seems to be some Debian 8 pre-release images for hppa and it would seem to be a nice time to see if the machine I got will boot. I did find my HP-UX 11.00 CD as well, but I have no drive that will fit this box.