Subject: Re: Jensen Console Problems
To: Curt Sampson <>
From: Wilko Bulte <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 06/19/2000 23:20:19
On Mon, Jun 19, 2000 at 12:11:50PM -0400, Curt Sampson wrote:

> New Configuration Required
> ERROR: Programming voltage bad, programming aborted : Status = a8


>  Error: Firmware could not open StandardIn
>  Trying to open multi()Key()keyboard()console() instead...
>  Firmware could not open failsafe StandardIn!
>  Contact Digital Field Service immediately!
> Any thoughts on what's gone wrong here? Is this hardware failure, a
> console that can't deal with the serial port, or what? Am I going to

That could be (not supporting serial port) but I'm more inclined to think
you have hardware problems. I don't remember if I ever ran my Jensen without
graphics console.

> have to load new firmware? Am I going to be able to do that without a
> floppy drive?

Not without special diagnostic f/w loader hardware I think. You can put
f/w onto a machine using the SROM port header on the mainboard. Not for the
faint of heart but it works. Once used it successfully on a Sandpiper that I
fubar-ed. But I was lucky enough to be able to borrow the 'SROM loader'
as they called it from repair engineering.

Wilko Bulte  "Do, or do not. There is no try"	Yoda - The Empire Strikes Back