[rescue] FW: Voyager framebuffer?

Ian King IanK at vulcan.com
Tue Oct 5 23:16:44 CDT 2010

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tom "spot" Callaway [mailto:tcallawa at redhat.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, October 05, 2010 9:03 PM
> To: Ian King
> Cc: The Rescue List
> Subject: Re: [rescue] FW: Voyager framebuffer?
> On 10/05/2010 11:54 PM, Ian King wrote:
> > Mine is monochrome, and the sbus probe in OpenBoot shows it as a
> bwthree.
> Never heard of a bwthree. I've heard of a cgthree, but that's a color
> framebuffer. Maybe you've got a prototype? I've never seen one of the
> monochrome units, so I can't say.
> > Are there really that few of these in the wild?  I saw one on eBay -
> non-working, without a keyboard or mouse, for $500 (!).
> There aren't too many in the wild working and complete with their
> keyboard/mouse. Ebay's pricing is absurd for the broken ones, given
> that
> the keyboard is generally the unobtanium part.

I guess I should feel fortunate - I have the unit, keyboard, mouse, AC supply,
battery unit, the end piece for when you're not using the AC and all the
cables.  When I got it, the display had a broken backlight and the NVRAM was
dead.  I was very fortunate to find a new display on eBay, and the NVRAM chip
was available from (ISTR) Mouser and went in easily (socketed, even!).  I have
one extra memory card, for a total of 48MB.  Oh, I have the carry bag, too.
It runs fine from the command line, but I can't get the GUI to start up, in
either Solaris 2.6 or NetBSD 5.0.2.

A thought: does anyone here know what the sbus probe is actually reading, and
how it's translating that into the string?  I'm still learning about this
little guy.  -- Ian

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