Fine-tune Friday: ODE's 3000 diagnostics
December 1, 2017
One diagnostic super-program, ODE, holds a wide range of tests for HP's 3000 hardware. These testing programs got more important once HP mothballed its Predictive Support service for the HP 3000 in 2006. Predictive would dial into a 3000, poke around to see what might be ready to fail, then report to HP's support engineers. ODE's diagnostics are a manual way to perform the same task, or fix something that's broken.
However, ODE includes programs that require a password. Stan Sieler has inventoried what was available in MPE/iX and examined each program for whether it's unlocked for customer use. That was back in the days when 3000 owners were still HP support customers. Today the 3000 owners are customers of third party support firms like Pivital Solutions, or Sieler's own Allegro. The locked programs remain in that state, more than six years after HP shuttered its support operations.
Disk Firmware Download Utility 2 (DFDUTIL2)
Version B.02.21 (23rd Sep 2003)
No disks were found.
Note: Didn't seem to want a password. Since Seagate disks are so prevalent, one would expect some means of updating firmware on them ... if firmware updates exist.
Note: Needs a password
Note: although it doesn't "see" Seagate drives, you can configure them in and access them.
No supported devices found on this system.
Note: doesn't "see" Seagate drives, and you can't configure them in.
Needs a password
Please wait while the system is scanned for Fibre Channel Adapters...
No Fibre Channel Adapters were found. The test cannot continue. Aborting.
(No password requested up to that point.)
Needs a password
WDIAG is the PCXW ODE-based diagnostic program. It tests the processor of the various PCXW-based systems in the offline environment. The program consists of 150 sections, 1/150, which are organized into the following groups
1. CPU data path tests, Sections 1/6 (6 sections)
2. BUS-INTERFACE tests, Sections 7/10 (4 sections)
3. CACHE tests, Sections 11/25 (15 sections)
4. TLB tests, Sections 26/34 (9 sections)
5. CPU instruction tests, Sections 35/86 (52 sections)
6. CPU extended tests, Sections 87/101 (15 sections)
7. Floating point tests, Sections 102/134 (33 sections)
8. Multiple processor tests, Sections 140/150 (11 sections)