Re: Sparc ELC reporting Power-On SelfTest failure..
On Sun, Oct 22, 2000 at 02:48:38PM -0600, Ryan Kirkpatrick wrote:
> I have a Sparc ELC that recently had it's IDPROM/NVRAM battery
> fail. According to the NVRAM FAQ on sunhelp.org I ordered a replacement
> chip from Mouser (only took two months to get the chip...), installed it,
> and reprogrammed it from the prom monitor. At this point I was able to
> boot already present Linux installation (Debian 2.2) w/o problem, even
> across power cycles, showing that the NVRAM chip was indeed holding the
> data I had programmed into it.
> The only problem that remains is that on power on, after the
> standard system information message, I get a 'Power-On SelfTest Failed...
> Replace NVRAM" message. This is followed by a prompt to boot or enter a
> new command mode. If I press 'b' to boot the system, it boot Linux w/o
> problems and Linux runs (21 hours now) w/o problems. Obviously this
> message is spurious, and I never saw it before I replaced the NVRAM chip.
> So, my question is, how do I get rid of this message, primarily so
> that the system can boot into Linux w/o user intervention? Did I miss
> something while reprogramming the NVRAM (I don't think so, I have
> rechecked it multiple times)? Or there is something else that can be done
> about this message? Thanks in advance for any help you can give me. TTYL.
I see the same thing on my SS2 with a new NVRAM. If you read the
hostid/NVRAM FAQ closely there is mention of some ships failing POST but
working just fine. I ended up with the 200ms chip that mouser.com
carries. They said they were out of the 150ms ones when I orderd. I
figure the speed difference is what's casuing this problem. I may be
able to test this exactly as I now have an IPX that needs a NVRAM too.
Q: How many surrealists does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Two, one to hold the giraffe, and the other to fill the bathtub
with brightly colored machine tools.
[Surrealist jokes just aren't my cup of fur. Ed.]