[rescue] Installing OpenBSD on a Sparc2

Joshua D. Boyd rescue at sunhelp.org
Mon Jun 11 14:37:45 CDT 2001

I know that pulling the frame buffer isn't supposed to matter, but on my
SS2, it refuses to boot to serial with the framebuffer in.  I don't know
it if would boot to console with the framebuffer in because I don't have a
keyboard, mouse, or monitor handy.  Now, in my case, it does display a few
lines to the serial port before it stops, and you don't seem to get

I don't know.  Are you sure the serial cable is good and that it is the
right cable?  If so, you might as well try pulling the frame buffer.  It
shouldn't matter, but it did for mine, and it shouldn't hurt anything.

Joshua Boyd

On Mon, 11 Jun 2001, Simeon Johnston wrote:

> I am finally getting around to installing OpenBSD 2.9 on that old
> SPARCstation 2.  I am trying to use a mac to install the OS but I don't
> know the settings.  I've tried 9600 baud and lower but didn't get
> anything from the sparc.  The console app is set to 8N1 and I know that
> is correct.
> I am plugged into the *A* DB-25 port and disconnected the KB and mouse.
> Should I pull the video card also?  Didn't think that mattered.
> I'll try pulling the vid card and the extra expansion card (SCSI,
> Ethernet and DB-25 port - that may be causing the problem also) and see
> what happens.
> Any help would be appreciated.
> sim
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