[rescue] SS5/Netra Progress of sorts...

Peter Stokes peter at ashlyn.co.uk
Thu Sep 11 01:20:12 CDT 2014

Hi William

The speed of the NVRAM is of no consequence here, you can use any of them,
whichever is available and the cheapest.

As mentioned before, you can temporarily set the NVRAM values up when at the
ok prompt, the Squirrel website has a load on this but essentially you want to
do the following at the ok> prompt

1) Make sure the current checksum is invalid

80 1 mkp

2) Setup the values (note machine type on SS5 is 80)

8 0 20 12 34 56 80123456 mkpl

Then press ctrl-D and ctrl-R (ie hold Ctrl key down and press D and R)

Just the ok> prompt should come back, if you get the Copyright message, you
did it wrong.

3) Check it is ok by using command


4) Then use the command just to make sure they are set


5) Then reset just to clear it and recheck all setup


Then you can boot the system and it will have correct machine type and
ethernet address.

Finally as before booting from various disks is no problem, Solaris will boot
from whichever disk you set it up on, either external or internal.

Peter Stokes
Ashlyn Computer Services
Tel: 01636 627990
Mbl: 07977 532320

On 11 Sep 2014, at 01:14, William Barnett-Lewis <wlewisiii at gmail.com> wrote:

> So thanks to the grand munificence of the list, I have a 13w3 to 13w3
> monitor cable in hand.
> And I learn that the 20" monitor won't power up (head, meet desk.)
> So I sigh, hang my terminal off the serial port and there we are. Dead
> NVRAM but everything else seems to pass. So for giggles I pop in the
> OpenStep 4.2 installer and "boot cdrom" It does it's thing but when loading
> the installer I get a watchdog reset. Hmm. Try again. Same result.
> Next step, put in my SunOS 4.1.4 disk as the SS5 was on the OK list for
> that. Boot it and it tries to start but the kernel fails when it tries to
> load the machine type from NVRAM. Ah! sez I. Possibly what the OpenStep
> installer was doing in it's opaque way as well.
> If I am understanding this sequence correctly, all I should need it to pick
> up a MT48T08 RTC chip from a vendor (I have digikey up in another tab),
> install it and reprogram it from the the prompt?
> I see that Digikey has two types listed: 100PC1 & 150PC1 which I am
> guessing refers to the speed of the part? Which is needed by a SS5?
> Oh, that reminds me, if I scrounge another SCA 1 or 2 gb drive, I can have
> one loaded with OpenStep and one with SunOS and choose which to boot into
> from the prompt?
> Thanks!
> William
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