[rescue] Iris Indigo Elan - can't determine CPU speed

Ian Finder ian.finder at gmail.com
Sat Jun 7 10:20:18 CDT 2008

Did the Iris Indigo have a mobo battery? I thought it had one of those
dallas RTC chips with the built in battery-- you know, the kind that
forces us to reenter the MAC addresses on our old sun machines every
time they turn on.

Worse yet though, when you replace the internal battery, or put in
another chip, I could've sworn you have to "bless" it so the Indigo
takes it-- and I think the magic incantation is kinda tricky.

I think I have the information somewhere on how to do it-- If I must I
can look it up.

Hopefully I'm just forgetful and wrong about this though...

-- F

On Fri, Jun 6, 2008 at 11:33 PM, Robert Darlington
<rdarlington at gmail.com> wrote:
> Try swapping out the battery on the mobo.
> -Bob
> On Fri, Jun 6, 2008 at 10:03 PM, Halford Johnson
> <halfordjohnson at gmail.com> wrote:
>> So I used to use a Iris Indigo R4400 machine as my workstation 5-6 years ago
>> until it was replaced with a Indigo2 R10k and has sat ever since.  I just
>> now tried to boot it up with a serial console hooked to it, and I am getting
>> strange behavior.  I hear the disks start to spin and the RAM counting up,
>> but I only see "Can't determine CPU speed" on the serial console, nothing
>> ever happens.  So I took out the Elan card and tried to boot it with no
>> graphics card, and I, again, get "Cant determine CPU speed".  This time
>> though, it falls into a seemingly endless loop of "Initializing tod clock
>> setting secs=0 min=0 hour=0 day=1 month=1 year=0  Initializing tod clock
>> setting secs=0 min=0 hour=0 day=1 month=1 year=0 Can't set tod clock".
>> Has anyone ever seen this type of behavior?  I know its an old crappy
>> machine but this thing was once my baby and I want it to hum once more. :(
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 Ian Finder
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