[rescue] SPARCEngine AXi NVRAM problem

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Sat Nov 20 11:24:20 CST 2010

On Sat, Nov 20, 2010 at 11:31:39AM -0500, John Ruschmeyer wrote:
>As I said, the IDPROM seems to be set correctly to a valid mac id, hostid,
>and checksum. On a whim, I did an 'arp -a', though, and discovered that the
>ethernet device seems to believe that its mac id is all zeroes.
>I can understand the zeroes if the battery were dead, but why am I seeing a
>valid value in the IDPROM and banner?

Dead or unpgrammed NVRAMs read all ones (e.g. 0xff) not zeros.

Geoffrey S. Mendelson N3OWJ/4X1GM
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