[rescue] Anyone dealt with a SPARCle laptop with bad video?

Robert Novak rnovak at indyramp.com
Thu Jun 6 12:30:24 CDT 2013

I'm willing to dig into that a bit... I did run a 'set-defaults' and
'reset-all' but it still acted the same.

I thought about trying a graphical display, see if it reset anything, but
when I booted the Sol9 DVD I got to the "choose a language" text prompt and
couldn't get past it. Not sure why... might have just been dog-slow and I
didn't give it enough patience.

Will try to find the video settings and such... haven't done much with my
Sun gear in a long time, but the laptop was hard to pass up, especially
with wifi and a dvd drive built in. :)

Thanks Earl and Paul.


On Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 10:24 AM, Earl Baugh <earl at baugh.org> wrote:

> > > I finally got the PC133 ECC SDRAM for my SPARCle laptop from an eBay
> > seller
> > > in Israel, found a compatible power tip  for my iGo universal power
> > supply,
> > > and powered up the SPARCle. Alas, I got what looks kinda like
> interlaced
> > > video with missing lines on it.
> > > [...]
> > > https://www.dropbox.com/sc/poqs5m1wru8tt4f/eG_CDBUuv3
> > > https://www.dropbox.com/sc/id0kj5w3grkf4wk/Tj_JPfeTuS
> > > [...]
> > > Anyone run into this before, and have any ideas on how to fix this if
> it
> > > can be fixed?
> >
> > So, I _don't_ know.  But, I'll hazard a guess, since I've not seen
> > anyone else pipe up.
> >
> > I wonder whether there's ribbon cable (or one of those circuit traces on
> > Kapton film thingies) that's partially come loose, or needs to be
> > reseated.
> >
> > I wonder also whether you need to set the video mode from the
> > boot-monitor?  I.e., it's displaying a 8 bit mode when being fed
> > 24-bit data?  This is PURE speculation but I've seen things like this
> > with laptops in the wrong mode (the bad old days of Linux laptops).
> >
> > Maybe try to install, and see whether you can get the display into a
> > mono or 8-bit mode?
> >
> You know, I was thinking something similar.
> While I've not dealt with this particular model, I did have some RDI ones,
> and
> something like this happened with the wrong display mode from the boot
> monitor...
> or something similar to that.  I remember we thought the display was broken
> but it ended up being a setting or driver..
> Earl
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