[SunRescue] SS2 Problems

BuzzBomb buzzbomb at netunlimited.net
Thu Jul 22 00:04:48 CDT 1999

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

buzzbomb at netunlimited.net

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