[SunRescue] SS2 Problems

Jeff Stuesse jds at enterpriseconsulting.com
Thu Jul 22 09:31:09 CDT 1999

Even with the bad IDPROM you can get the system to boot.
By default it is trying to boot off of the net.
Assuming that you have a single hard drive in the unit, that drive will be
either disk0 or disk3.
from the OK prompt type :
boot disk -- if this does not work, try:
boot disk0 -- or
boot disk3 -- one of these should work if you have a bootable drive.
You can type : devalias from the OK prompt to see a list of what the device
names are.
also the setting that has been lost is:
boot-device    -- so the command to reset this which will probably be lost
(bad IDPROM)
setenv boot-device disk
or disk0 or disk3
this should get you to boot off of the internal hard drive...

BuzzBomb wrote:

> Ok.  I've been lurking for awhile, but now I need a little bit of help.
> I have a Sun SparcStation 2 that I've had for awhile (and never used)
> and it seems to me that the built-in ethernet is fried.  :(  I know
> PC hardware quite well, but don't have much experience with the Sparc
> hardware.  When I turn the machine on, first of all, it tells me:
> [...]
> Ethernet address ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff, Host ID: ffffffff.
> IDPROM contents are invalid.
> --
> Is this bad?  It proceeds to test the memory in the machine and probe
> the bus...finally, it tries to boot from the network and I get this
> response before it dumps me into the monitor.  (I do know a little bit
> about these machines...just not as much as I would like.)
> [...]
> Boot device: /sbus/le at 0,c0000   File and args:
> Internal loopback test --
> Did not receive expected loopback packet.
> Can't open boot device.  (Ok...I know what THIS means.  ;)
> --
> Now, the box has the standard AUI port with no transceiver connected to
> it.  (FYI: I get the same response with a transceiver connected.)  Can
> anyone offer some advice?  For all I know I just have the configuration
> wrong, but that "internal loopback" failure seems to be bad.  Thanks in
> advance!
> Ken
> buzzbomb at netunlimited.net
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Jeffrey D. Stuesse - Senior Systems Engineer
Enterprise Systems Consulting, Inc.
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