RDI PowerLite 110 and OpenStep - watchdog-reset

David Williams dave at willomail.co.uk
Tue May 26 15:33:13 CDT 2015

On 26/05/2015 00:15, Ian Finder wrote:
> So I recently made a very poor trade for an RDI PowerLite 110 under the assumption that it could run NeXTstep or OpenStep, as allegedly RDI supplied the PowerLite with this OS in some configurations.
> The PowerLite is essentially an SS5 in a chunky, ugly laptop.
> When I boot the OpenStep and NeXTstep installers however, at the second stage loader I get a "watchdog-reset" message from OBP.
> Ultimately it's the same issue as discussed here:
> http://www.nextcomputers.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3153&sid=b8cb75adb7245747301f9e82beef570a
> Any hope in getting this to run? Any ideas out there?
> Or am I stuck with a fat ugly wannabe SparcBook 3? (I have a few of the 3GX/3TX family which seem like far nicer machines, the only reason I wanted this RDI P.O.S. Is the weitek framebuffer in the SparcBooks isn't supported by OS/NS, but the CG6 in the RDI supposedly is. What a garbage machine RDI produced with this one...


I had the same problem with a PowerLite 110. Couldn't get either NS or 
OS to boot. I'm not 100% certain but I've been led to believe the option 
RDI provided was the OpenStep framework on top of Solaris.

I actually quite like the machines though :)


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