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2023Re: [midatlanticretro] (was) New Aquisition! - (now) XENIX: Don't format yet!

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  • William Pechter
    Jan 4, 2006
      There's a possible way out... You can boot a linux system on the box and mount the Xenix filesystem and vi out the root password to get access...
      Does the machine have a SCSI or IDE CD drive and can it boot Knoppix from either a CD or Floppy...
      It possibly could be done over a network boot but that's a bit more difficult.
      I've done it at work with SCO OpenDesktop which is kind of Xenix's grandson...

      Joe Giliberti <starbase89@...> wrote:
      B. Degnan wrote:

      >You'll learn more if you try to figure out how it was used as-is, keeping
      >the XENIX OS intact first before formatting with DOS.  You might be able to
      >find a terminal that you can attach to the DB-25 ports.  I am sure that
      >there are XENIX info sources out on the web.  If you can't find anything
      >let me know and I will send you a copy of a quick reference card or
      >something.  It's a good OS, it will give you historical perspective about
      >the evolution of networking.    I have never seen a model 80 with XENIX
      >myself, it would be interesting to see how boot/driver processing is
      >handled by XENIX on a PS/2.
      >Bill D

      I'll give it a chance. My father, who used to work a Bell Labs was
      telling me that XENIX is essentially UNIX, under the Microsoft name.
      Now, there is apparently a password lockout on this machine. Can anyone
      tell me the default username and password for XENIX 5, if such a thing
      exists? It doesn't seem to want to read the floppy disk, and I'm not
      sure what kind of tape drive this is. It seems to have been made
      specifically for this model.

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