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

Carl R. Friend crfriend at rcn.com
Sat Jun 7 11:11:42 CDT 2008

    On Sat, 7 Jun 2008, Ian Finder wrote:

> 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.

    The "original" IRIS Indigos do have a battery on the CPU board;
some of the dratted things are soldered down (*that* design "engineer"
needs a whack with a clue-by-four), but some, even some of the (later,
I'm guessing) R4000 chipped machines have the batteries socketed.

    If I had one of the ones with a soldered-down battery, I'd work
up an "ECO" to install a battery holder someplace and wire that to
the old solder-down point.

> 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.

    If you can find that, please post it.  I'm sure somebody will
find it handy someday!

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