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Re: Problems with an Ultra 5

What monitor are you using ?
This sounds typical of a monitor which cannot handle Sun's default resolution of 1172 x (796 ? not sure).

Try using a serial console (you must unplug the keyboard for this to work)
or a different monitor. About half of my PC monitors will not work with Sun machines.

On Fri, 5 Aug 2005, Tyler wrote:

Date: Fri, 05 Aug 2005 01:44:19 -0700
From: Tyler <pml@dtbb.net>
To: debian-sparc@lists.debian.org
Subject: Problems with an Ultra 5
Resent-Date: Fri,  5 Aug 2005 03:46:16 -0500 (CDT)
Resent-From: debian-sparc@lists.debian.org

I'm trying to set up an Ultra 5 that I purchased last year, but am having problems getting anything out of it. I've hooked it up to power, network, video and sun type 6 keyboard/mouse (not usb). I've then turned it on, a few seconds goes by with the monitor not doing anything, then, the monitor gets a signal, and comes out of power save mode, but this only lasts 5 or 10 seconds, before it goes back to power save mode (no signal) (and never gets a signal again), so this isn't long enough to see anything on the screen because the screen isn't on long enough (doesn't warm up) to actually see the image.

The system sounds like its doing something still, as the 8.4gb IDE hard drive chugs away for 30 seconds to a minute, before becoming quiet again. At this point.. I don't know what (if anything) I can do .. without rebooting it again (is there a key combo for rebooting?). I've tried turning it on with a debian sarge net install bootable CD, and a solaris 9 install cd, both do the same thing as above.

At this point, I'm looking for help (documentation) on setting up, and troubleshooting an ultra5/10 system, lists of key combinations that may help me (I've read that STOP + A during power on may get me to the OBP open boot prompt, however, I haven't had the chance to try this option yet, and am not really sure what settings may need changing once i'm there, to stop the video from disabling itself, or whatever its doing).


PS - My goal is to get debian installed. If someone can point me to some *specific* docs to troubleshoot such linux un-related problems on a sun machine, so I can actually get to installing linux, I would appreciate it. Also, there's been a few messages on the mailing list that seem to point out that the standard debian net install CD is not useable on an ultra5 system... if this is true, can someone please point specifically to one that will work, for when I actually get to the point of installing :)

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