This document pertains to the NeXTSTEP operating system, which is no longer a supported product of Apple Computer. This information is provided only as a convenience to our customers who have not yet upgraded their systems, and may not apply to OPENSTEP, WebObjects, or any other product of Apple Enterprise Software. Some questions in this Q&A document may not apply to version 3.3 or to any given specific version of NeXTSTEP.
Q: When I try to upgrade to Release 3.3 from an Upgrade Server or by mounting the CD-ROM over the network, the Upgrade.app pops up a panel saysing saying "Upgrade Thread Died".
What's going on? How do I get the upgrade to complete? Is the computer now unusable?
A: The Upgrade.app found a file on the 3.3 image it could not read. Make sure you export the image from the server with root access to the clients or export with -anon=0 (In NFSManager this is 'Allow unknown user and treat them as: user with uid: 0') as documented in the upgrade notes
If you get this error the system should still be bootable. If it is, fix the exports on the server, reboot the client to pick up the new access rights, remove the log and plan files created by the upgrader in the client's root directory, and try again.
Q: My upgrade to release 3.3 died. The UpgradeLog ends with the line: if: Expression syntax.
What should I do?
A: This syntax error is usually caused by a restarted upgrade. Remove the log and plan files created by the upgrader in the client's root directory, and try again.
Q: How can I install NeXTSTEP from a PC Card device?
A: Follow the instructions below to install from a PC Card SCSI or network card:
2 Use these new floppies as the Network Install and Driver floppies for installation. The Additional Drivers Floppy does not contain network drivers, so you will have to download the network driver you need and add it to the floppy.
3 When you first start up the computer with the PCCard Install Floppy, type
at the boot: prompt.
4 Follow the regular instructions for network installation.
5 After you have completed the installation, you need to manually copy the three drivers
from the private/Drivers/i386 directory on your floppy to the /private/Drivers/i386 directory on your hard disk. These files already exist on your hard disk; overwrite them.
6 Launch Configure.app and make sure you have these new drivers configured properly. They should be configured as:
Intel 824X0 PCI HostBridge (v3.31)
Intel 82365 PCMCIA Adapter (v3.31)
PCMCIA Bus Support (v3.31)
Q: How do I install and run NEXTSTEP 3.3 on IBM ThinkPad 755 CX.
Also you must use the EIDE driver while installing NEXTSTEP. Select the "EIDE and ATAPI Device Driver" from the options presented. You can install NEXTSTEP either from the network or from a SCSI CD-ROM by using a supported PCMCIA adapter.
1. The MWave DSP is currently unsupported. Hence the only audio available is default system beep.
2. Power management supports Standby feature only. Others (Suspend and Hibernation) are not supported. You should not close the lid while the system is powered by the battery and NEXTSTEP is running since this puts the machine in Suspend mode.