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From: Ferris McCormick <fmccor@g.o>
Subject: Re: Ultra Enterprise 2 w/ 2GB of RAM
Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2007 22:09:25 +0000
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Ferris McCormick <fmccor@g.o> wrote:

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> On Fri, 31 Aug 2007 21:50:08 +0100
> Alex Buell <alex.buell@...> wrote:
> 
> > Hi,
> > 
> > Seeing the recent activity on this mailing list, I thought I'd ask.
> > I've got an Ultra Enterprise 2 w/ 2GB of RAM and a pair of 300MHz
> > blackbird processors. 
> > 
> > Sadly, I've just tried to boot the thing up tonight and found it's not
> > working. What I can see is the light on the CDROM comes on and flash
> > a few times, then the display changes to black - that means there is
> > a signal there but there's nothing there to see, even after a few
> > minutes. This box has both a TurboGX and a Creator3D cards in it, both
> > show the same result. 
> > 
> > Any ideas on how I can get it up and running? It did work before I
> > moved house a few months ago. 
> > 
> 
> What kind of keyboard?  If it's a sparc keyboard you should see the
> keyboard lights flash through a sequence during the power up cycle ---
> this is Power On Self Test (POST) cycle.  Screen will be clear during
> this.
> 

By the way, as I recall, if the boot PROM can't find CPU0, system will
boot exactly as you are describing.  Try swapping the CPUs.  That's an
easy test and as a side effect will make sure the CPUs are making good
contact.

> What does it sound like when you power it up?  Since it is hitting the
> CD, it must be probing something.  What happens if you type in 'boot'
> after a while, even if you can't see anything?
> 
> After that, it's hard to guess.  If it goes through all of that, it
> sees the keyboard.  There are some silly things to check for:  like,
> did you somehow turn the brightness and contrast all the way down on
> the monitor?  Is everything the system still seated well (you've been
> moving it around) --- with a U2 that's easy to check.  Or you might
> need to replace the boot chip (it has a battery with it, and the
> batteries will run down after a few years...)
> 
> 
> I'm fumbling here.  With luck, someone will pick this up and have
> better ideas, or you can ask for ideas on the freenode #gentoo-sparc IRC
> channel.  
> > Thanks for any ideas..
> > Alex
> > -- 
> > http://www.munted.org.uk
> > 
> > Fearsome grindings.
> > -- 
> > gentoo-sparc@g.o mailing list
> > 
> 
> Sorry not to be of more help,
> Regards,
> - -- 
> Ferris McCormick (P44646, MI) <fmccor@g.o>
> Developer, Gentoo Linux (Sparc, Devrel)
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Regards,
- -- 
Ferris McCormick (P44646, MI) <fmccor@g.o>
Developer, Gentoo Linux (Sparc, Devrel)
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