I have 2 V880 severs in my garage that have been sat there for over 2 years. I tried last weekend to see what state they were in and planned to install solaris 10. However I am not seeing any output from the 25 pin serial A to my laptop. I have tried with a Cisco 9pin to RJ45 console cable using Putty with no joy. I assume that the serial port on the rcs (rj45) is not configured but would like to know what to do to try this. Do i simply connect laptop to serial using cat5 cable or do i need a switch/crossover cable.
I have no knowledge on the configuration the machines ran prior to me being given them so there could be a different config now to when last run. On truning the key and pressing the power button all lights flash and no matter how long i leave it the green power light remains solid but the two amber front panel lights slowly blink. Not having ever used these in the past and given that I am not seeing any putty output I assume there is a problem somewhere. All lights inside the sever case show green. No amber warnings at all. Is this as it should be or do the slowly flashing maintenance and hot swap lights mean there is an issue. They blink every two seconds or so in sync with each other.
In not very knowledgable when it comes to thses servers so any help for a newbie would be appreciated.
Your attempts at establishing a console connection should have worked, unless the wiring in the cabling accidentally didn't do a proper crossover.
It's been the better part of a decade since I ever had to glance at those systems, so bear with me...
Some random thoughts...
a) Here's a link to the documentation for the v880's:
You may be able to get some hints on proper connections and which place to make your connections.
b) Glance at the chassis power supplies. Are they labeled to autosense the input voltage through a range of 100-240VAC, or are they 220-240VAC only?
c) During their service life, V880's went through many versions of flashprom software updates and at one point the default POST setting changed from a standard "quick" bootup to a diagnostic boot that could take as much as 45 minutes That shouldn't effect the ability to monitor that POST via console, but if you are connected to port 'numero uno' and console is actually port 'numero duo', you won't see anything while that diagnostic POST churns through what it needs to go through. If your boxes are set to a diag POST, you can eventually change that, but only after you can successfully interact with OBP.
d) Lastly, in that era there were a few Sun systems that responded to a specific button sequence on the front power button. I cannot recall if the V880's were among those systems but you can try. There is a temporary OBP override to defaults if you double-pump the power button at the same speed as you would double-click a mouse button. This was a troubleshooting method when some systems had mucked up settings with regard to LOM/RSC/ALOM/TTYa Console interfaces. (Remember, if yours is a default DIAG boot, you'll be engaging that long POST with this trick.)
Now we wait to see if others choose to respond. I've exhausted my ideas.
using a Cisco console cable I connected from my laptop to the RSC card and saw the RSC startup output before powering on. Unfortunately I don't have the RSC logon I'd & pwd so could not go any further. I really need to bypass this and get the ok prompt. I still have not seen any output from the 25pin serial A output.
I then removed the RSC card and tried again as I have read that removing it should force the output back to serial A. Still nothing.
the Cisco console cable I am using is a 9 pin to rj45. I am connecting the 9 pin to com1 on my laptop and the rj45 directly into the RSC port marked serial. This gives the RSC output when power cables are connected even before pressing the power switch. When attempting to connect the console cable to serial A (25 pin) I am putting the rj45 into a d25 to rj45 console connector. I may be old and suffering loss of memory but I think that's how it should be. I
am I making any basic errors here? If not then does anyone have any ideas. One last thing, I tried the double press and all this seems to do is power on with a power off after about 5 seconds.