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Re: Problems with an Ultra 5

On Fri, 05 Aug 2005 01:44:19 -0700
Tyler <pml@dtbb.net> wrote:

> 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).

You might want to try a monitor that supports a higher resolution.  I had this same problem when I first got my Ultra 5.  I placed a KDS X-Flat monitor and it works great.

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