[SunHELP] SS5 headaches

Peter Stokes peter at ashlyn.co.uk
Sun Feb 5 06:58:26 CST 2017

Hi Mark

I suspect it may be your NVRAM clock. It may be waiting for a tick which never
comes. I have seen similar with other systems, replacing the NVRAm sorts this
out. I think on some dead NVRAM the clock never starts or is in a state which
the O/S does not understand.

Peter Stokes
Ashlyn Computer Services
Mbl: 07977 532320

On 5 Feb 2017, at 11:46, Mark Benson <md.benson at gmail.com> wrote:

> This thing doesn't seem well, or my Solaris 7 CDROM isn't compatible with
> it because even headless with no fb it still chokes, seemingly while
> loading device drivers?
> Screen (from boot -v)
> https://www.dropbox.com/s/0azjgy4m4zs89lg/IMG_20170205_114431.jpg?dl=0
> --
> Mark Benson
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> On 5 Feb 2017 11:19 a.m., "Mark Benson" <md.benson at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Okay, this SS5 is playing hard to get...
>> I replaced the IDPROM with the recommended unit (thanks, Peter for the
>> help) and it seemed to do the job.
>> Now I have found the next issue, when Solaris tries to init the
>> framebuffer it fails dead and locks the whole computer. Hard. No keyboard
>> response at all.
>> Now initially I suspected the S24 was faulty so I swapped it for a good
>> old SBus TGX1 cgsix framebuffer card I had spare. Does the same damn
>> thing...
>> This isn't looking promising. Going to boot it headless on the VT and see
>> what that does.
>> --
>> Mark Benson
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