[oclug] Help with sparc
Brenda J. Butler
bjb at achilles.net
Thu Mar 22 22:07:04 EST 2001
On Thu, Mar 22, 2001 at 09:31:19PM -0500, Mike Kenzie wrote:
> I made some progress today and it started the boot process.
> The machine says 1+ on the case but says sparc 2 when it
> After the SILO prompt it starts to uncompress the kernel
> then I get this message:
> IDPROM: unknown format type!
> program terminated
> Any suggestions?
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Since April there has been one message with the
string IDPROM that is vaguely relevant to your problem,
and I have attached it.
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Good luck with your sun.
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A document by a long time Sun customer
"This is the new and hopefully improved Sun NVRAM FAQ. It is
an attempt to answer the following frequently asked questions
on comp.sys.sun.hardware and comp.sys.sun.admin.
1.When I turn on my Sun I get output which looks something like:
Sun Workstation, Model Sun-XXXXXX Series.
ROM Rev X.X, XXMB memory installed
ID PROM invalid.
Testing 0 Megabytes of Memory ... Completed.
ERROR: missing or invalid ID prom
Requesting Internet address for 0:0:0:0:0:0
Sun Workstation, Model Sun-XXXX Series.
Type 4 Keyboard
ROM Rev X.X, XXMB memory installed, Serial #16777215
Ethernet address ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff, Host ID ffffffff
Invalid format type in NVRAM
The IDPROM contents are invalid
How can I fix this? (Probably Replace chip)"
If you have a SunSpectrum service contract with Sun,
you can call 1-800-usa-4-SUN and ask for assistance.
If you don't have a contract, then there will be a time
and materials charge to get a replacement IDPROM/TOD/Battery
chip to you. Ideally you will be able to provide the hostid,
MAC (ethernet) address and what's printed on the label on
top of the IDPROM to the Sun Call Center or Technical Support
Enginer with whom you speak.
>I just powered up my sparcstation 1 after a few weeks of downtime, and
>screen comes up with an ethernet address and hostid of all f's. Have I
>had a battery
>failure? Is there anything I can do to reset the system?
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