Subject: RE: Multia diagnostic translation needed
To: 'Graham Allan' <>
From: David Woyciesjes <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 06/08/2000 16:17:26
I have looked in the udb-man.pdf... (I have my own copy!) I just don't speak

This is a clip from a doc I got from
	... If this does not solve the problem, check the LED on the back of
the Multia next to the ethernet port- the one that looks like a phone
connector. Turn the machine on and wait about 30 seconds. At this point you
should be getting a flash code. The LED will flash about once a second, up
to fourteen times, finishing with a long on and long off. The code starts
over at this point. Count the number of flashes. 
	If you are getting between 10-14 flashes, odds are that there is a
problem with the memory. Try reseating the SIMMS, trying different slots or
different memory. Memory must be in matching pairs, i.e. same manufacturer,
same chip count and same speed. It should be at least 70ns. Slower memory is
a problem, faster memory is not. Either Bank A or Bank B can be used for one
pair and the other bank can be empty. It is easier to test one pair of
memory at a time. If this does not solve the problem, or the flash count you
get is below 10, please give us a call... 

	So, according to this clip, (since mine flashes long, short, long,
short, etc... ) the count for mine is 1. Now if that's in hexadecimal, it
probably translates to 1. All the codes listed in the manual from 1 to 8
just say replace system board. If I only knew which part was bad...
	I wonder if I can get away with calling CPUMicromart for info, even
though I didn't buy the box there? I think I'll give them a try. Maybe some
name-dropping (or stretching ;-) ) will help ...

Yeah, I think I'll try that tonight...

---   David A Woyciesjes
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> ----------
> From: 	Graham Allan
> Sent: 	Thursday, June 8, 2000 3:47 PM
> To: 	David Woyciesjes
> Subject: 	Re: Multia diagnostic translation needed
> David,
> On Thu, Jun 08, 2000 at 03:35:38PM -0400, David Woyciesjes wrote:
> > I have a Multia, VX42B-F2 ( 233 MHz) ...
> > 
> > I try to start it ( no drives connected, 64 MB RAM installed ) the
> > diagnostic light comes on and flashes a repeating pattern of  long, then
> > short. It also comes out of the speaker with alternating high/low tomes,
> > alongside the flashing light... The manual says it's a hex code, but I
> don't
> > know how to translate it... Previous owner says this means it's "bad
> flash
> > memory"... If so, I would assume that the group of chips under the
> floppy
> > drive that have "Flash (some other info)" are the flash memory chips?
> We have the Multia service manual on our web page, if it helps:
> I think I interpreted the flash code as... I guess 2, 3 or 4. Now,
> reading your description, and the manual, I can't decide how I deduced
> that!
> G.
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