[rescue] Troubles with an SE card

Jonathan C. Patschke jp at celestrion.net
Sun Jun 29 22:57:40 CDT 2003

On Sun, 29 Jun 2003, Kevin wrote:

> I've got a DOA SE card here for the Octane.  When i
> install it i get no video and the light bar stays
> on red.

Check the LED array on the front of the machine in the lower right
corner.  There are 7 LEDs, like this[0]:

   BaseIO  X
     QA    X  X  PCI Expansion
     QD    X  X  QB
     QC    X  X  Heart

The "BaseIO" and "Heart" LEDs should be lit, no matter what.  The "Q"
LEDs are XIO presence-detect indicators.  When facing the rear of the
machine, "A" is the upper-left slot, "B" is the upper-right, "C" is the
lower-left, and "D" is the lower-right slot.

If the LED corresponding to the card with the SE is not lit, the card
isn't even alive enought to talk on the XIO bus, which probably
indicates a munged compression connector or a cracked board.

Also, make sure you have the SE card installed in slot "A".  That's
where the Octane expects the primary graphics card to live.

[0] Many thanks to Ben Drago at SGI and Ralf Beyer for an explanation
    of the status indicators.
Jonathan Patschke   )  "Leave your lawsuits at home.  I have guns."
Elgin, TX          (                      --"Kountry" Mike Lundgren

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