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Re: SparcStation20 setup problems

On Sat, Jul 26, 2003 at 12:54:34PM +0200, Hendrik Sattler wrote:
> Hi,
> I guess here are some Sparc experts and I wanted to install Debian anyway :)
> I got some sparc components.
> I conntected a serial terminal (labeled VT520) to it the SS20 and it shows
> up the first boot messages just fine, so I guess that the serial connection
> is working.
> There is a keyboard connected to the terminal screen and I also have a sparc
> keyboard that I could attach directly to the SS20.
> It tells me that those are TMS390Z50 CPUs in slot 0 and 2. Then that "Power
> on self test (POST) is running ...."
> However, then screen is slowly filled with random characters, some only
> displayed as bold '?'.
> Does anyone have an insight, what's going on and can help me to fix it?

ISTR that the initial bootup messages are always at 9600 bps, but after
that, the speed is configurable. Try setting your terminal to 19200 or
38400 bps, and see if that helps.


> If I then type something, it's also displayed as junk.
> How can I get to the BIOS before that all happens?
> Thanks
> HS
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