RDI PowerLite 110 and OpenStep - watchdog-reset

Brian Archer archer174 at gmail.com
Wed May 27 01:02:07 CDT 2015

Do you have another compatible sparc machine which you could install the OS
and transfer the drive from? Also is it possible to update the ROM to a
newer version on these? Just a gut feeling, but that would be my likely

Brian Archer

On Tue, May 26, 2015 at 1:33 PM, David Williams <dave at willomail.co.uk>

> 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...
> Ian,
> 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 :)
> Cheers,
> Dave

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