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Can I use a normal PC video card (ATI Rago Pro) on an IBM RS/6000 7046-B50 Server?

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I bought an IBM RS/6000 7046-B50 server to have my own AIX at home to play with. I got a used one.

Now that I am going to install it, it has no video card !!!! I have checked, and IBM video cards for it are extremely expensive (USD$250= and up), and it has 2 PCI slots empty. Will I be able to use any normal PCI video card used on a normal (Intel) PC ? I intend to use an ATI All-In-Wonder Pro (PCI) that I have running around at home.

If what I propose is not possiblre at all, what do you recommend I do ???

Regards,


Alberto
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No. You can not.
Ones are Rage64 others are Matrox Mystique, PC analogues do not work, same with CMD IDE and 3com 905. SCSI disks work, but not for bootable disks, tape drives and cd-roms do not, netcards, even being common intel cards do not.
There is YellowDog , SuSE and RedHAT which support such hardware.
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They do not work because they are not hardware-compatible ? or because AIX doesnt support them ? (and Linux does)
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There are some secret locks inside hardware - this is called branded hardware, there is no way around since AIX checks those secret features, and you cannot emulate them.
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It was my understanding that the multiple-bus RS/6000's would support any PCI cards "so long as appropriate drivers" are available.  Most manufacturers of PCI cards concentrate their efforts on the high volume "Intel" platforms so there probably are not very many AIX PCI drivers out there.  An AIX instructor once told me if you know how to write device drivers you could get the cards to work.  But most of us don't have that depth of knowledge and experience.  

If you are in the process of learning more about these systems you might want to pick up Anreas Siergert's "The AIX Survival Guide".  It's a good read for all experience levels of AIX Users.

As for disk drives and such I have used off the shelf non-IBM drives in RS/6000's before without too much trouble.  Big thing is that performance suffers when using non-IBM non-RS6000 qualified devices.  IBM tweeked the firmwares for optimal performance when being used in the RS/6000's.  So if you are just throwing together a system to learn on and it's not going into a production environment you can probably save some bucks by not using IBM branded RS6000 drives.  You will just have to experiment.

Good luck.
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For example such tweaks for sysplanar microcode lock out Kingston RAM sometimes.

You may try without book
http://www.faqs.org/faqs/aix-faq/
there are description of serial console cable and some SCSI tricks at least
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Please split betwen spp and me since asker had hard time to understanding "the answer is NO"
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