[rescue] Ultra 1 no video...

Curtis H. Wilbar Jr. rescue at hawkmountain.net
Thu Oct 9 01:13:09 CDT 2003

On Wed, 2003-10-08 at 19:58, Francois Dion wrote:
> My ultra 1 creator3d decided to greet me with no video as I powered it up today.
> This of course after I started looking at getting a faster unit yesterday. My
> car does the same everytime I go at dealers, kicking some tires, it decides to
> leave me stranded to teach me better :)

I see Murphy frequents your area too eh....

> Anyway, the service manual is not helping:
> page 4-3 "symptom: no video output on the system monitor. action: replace the
> monitor or the graphics card".
> The leds on the keyboard work, the drives are spinning, power led on unit is on.
> I know the monitor is ok. I dont have a video card handy. Any suggestions? Can I
> get a console thru serial port and run a diagnostic? Help me save this old
> workhorse...

I doubt it would be this, but maybe the output-device setting got
toasted in the NVRAM.... try turning on your system while holding 
down STOP-N until you get video or your fingers go numb :-)  (
if you get video, here the system start to boot, etc you can take
your fingers off STOP-N).  You do need to hold it for a good minute
or so depending on the system.

If that doesn't work...

Leave the Sun keyboard unplugged.  Use a null modem cable on the serial
port at 9600N81.  With the keyboard not plugged in the system should
redirect console input/output to the first TTY port.

This will at least allow you to get into the OBP.

-- Curt

> Thanks,
> Francois
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