[rescue] SPARCstation 1

Patrick Finnegan pat at computer-refuge.org
Fri Feb 6 07:11:05 CST 2004

On Friday 06 February 2004 07:00, Joost van de Griek wrote:
> Hello, list.
> I have just acquired a SPARCstation 1, only to find out that the damn
> thing won't boot. That is to say, when I power it up in its standard
> configuration (the way I got it), it will beep, show a green light,
> make some noise, and eventually show a solid white screen on my
> monitor.
> This made me suspect the framebuffer, a double-width GX (501-1645).
> So, I replaced that with the one from an SS5, a TGX (501-2325). With
> this in, beep, light, no picture at all. And with another TGX
> (501-2922) from an Ultra1, same story: beep, light, no picture.
> Now, am I SOL with a busted SS1, or does the SS1 have issues with the
> TGX? Would it be worth trying yet more framebuffers? I have an mg1,
> 501-1419, but no monitor to go with it, but I could probably borrow a
> single-width cgsix from a friend's SS1+.

Have you checked if the console is set to the serial port (stick a 
terminal or PC with a terminal emulator on serial port "A")?  This 
sounds to me like the console in the PROM has gotten set to the serial 
port instead of the framebuffer console.

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