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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2004 12:57 am    Post subject: Motorola PowerStack systems Reply with quote

Hi,
I have two Motorola PowerStack systems. They share the same processor (a 200MHz 604e), but most other subsystems are different. One thing they do have in common: they need software for initial system software installs.
One of the many things I love about Motorola is the fact that they don't acknowledge the existence of anything manufactured prior to about 2001, except for their Freescale Semiconductor spinoff. Freescale still has things related to the MC68000, including compilers. Fun stuff.
Anyway, this means that I cannot find some essentials for making these wretched machines load an OS. They are:
PPC Boot Disk
Arcinst.exe
FW.IMG

And Firmware update to version 3 or up would help nicely.

They're supposed to be available from Motorola, but, of course, they aren't. If anybody can help me, either with the software or a way to get around it, that would be fantastic.

If you're curious as to why I want to use almost 8-year-old, obsolete computer equipment: it's fun (when it works). I have all kinds of computer equipment, from Apple II's, IBM 8086's, original Macintoshes, and more. It makes me appreciate modern advances, when, after screaming at a PowerBook 5300 and being stuck with a 9" passive-matrix display, I can move to the loveliness of my iBook and be serene. Plus, I like the history of those old beasties.

Anyway, thanks for reading this, and thank you immensely if you could help in any way with those PowerStack systems.

Frank
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