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Re: Problems with an Ultra 5

I'm getting a null modem cable today to give that a try.


Pooly wrote:

Try to see what is going on with a console plug on the serial port
(I've never done it though...)
Or give a try here :
last time, I had the right answer quickly.

2005/8/5, Tyler <pml@dtbb.net>:
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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