Re: Bug#35073: sun sparcstation ipc
Is your NVRAM battery down?
I saw this message on a sparc2 where the battery embedded in the NVRAM chip has
run out. In this case you need to replace the chip.
The .idprom command on monitor prompt dumps the contents of your NVRAM chip.
The second byte displayed should be 52 for IPC (the first one is always 01).
The Sun NVRAM/hostid FAQ is talking about this.
You could find it at http://www.squirrel.net/squirrel/sun-nvram-hostid.faq.html
Hope it helps you.
Adam Di Carlo wrote:
> Any sparc help for this user?
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> To: "debian.bugs" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: sun sparcstation ipc
> Date: Fri, 26 Mar 1999 11:57:00 -0000
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> package: boot floppies
> version: probably 2.1
> yesterday i tried to install my old ipc with linux using the rescue floppy.
> i downloaded
> the file resc1440.bin from
> (drivers, root, and base files as well), put them on the floppies with
> rawrite2.exe (under
> DOS) and tried to boot according to the manual. all files were downloaded
> 25th, 1999. i received the following output:
> This disk uses Linux 2.0.35
> (from kernel-image-2.0.35_2.0.35-4)
> Uncompressing image
> IDPROM: Unknown format type!
> program terminated
> the process was aborted and i was back in the prom monitor. having read the
> manual i was prepared to experience some difficulties and i tried two
> with the same rescue-file on them. both led to the same message.
> the start page (with text: Welcome to ... ... press enter to boot) is
> read without
> problems from both floppies, but uncompressing fails. is there a format
> in the data on floppy or is my old PROM not supported?
> data of my sparckstation ipc: board: 501-1689
> prom: 525-1085-03, rev. 1.6
> sorry, no cd, no working sun-os partition, no tape, and, of course, no
> connection - i have to use the floppy drive ...
> is there a work-around for this problem or what else can i try?
> thanks for help!
> g. haase
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