[rescue] Strange behavior from framebuffer

Lionel Peterson lionel4287 at verizon.net
Thu Jun 15 08:47:44 CDT 2006

Well, the actual behavior I would expect would be "keyboard not found, redirecting output to Serial port" to be displayed on the framebuffer, and it shouldn't "lock up" the monitor like this did - I had to unplug my known-good monitor from the wall to have it reset and accept input... Once it "locked up" I couldn't even use the "soft" power switch to turn it on or off it got so wedged...

I noticed when I turned the box over, this is a 13 year old system - sheesh! I think it has been idle for over three or four years...


>From: Mike Hebel <nimitz at nimitzbrood.com>
>Date: Thu Jun 15 07:54:05 CDT 2006
>To: The Rescue List <rescue at sunhelp.org>
>Subject: Re: [rescue] Strange behavior from framebuffer

>Thus spake Geoffrey S. Mendelson:
>> On Thu, Jun 15, 2006 at 07:32:41AM -0500, Lionel Peterson wrote:
>>> On power-up, the monitor syncs briefly, then the monitor goes dead
>>> (meaning not to sleep (amber light) and not sync'ed to a signal (green
>>> light) - the light goes out.
>> Try a different keyboard.
>Most users would be confused as heck by this but yeah if a Sun or
>compatible type system doesn't see a keyboard then it'll come up in
>"headless" mode and output on Serial A.  This can obviously be confirmed
>by putting a serial terminal or equivalent on Serial A, usually at
>9600,N,8,1, and watching the output.
>Mike Hebel
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