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Restoring NVRAM on Sparc5

I have a Sparc5 that I wanted to make into a "headless" platform,
i.e., no keyboard, no monitor.

I set the NVRAM variables input-device to ttya, and
output-device also to ttya.

The box would not boot up after that.  Stop-N likewise will not
reset NVRAM.  

If I connect a terminal to Serial port A, I do get some output, but the
machine never enters the boot process, nor am I able to enter any
input via the terminal.

Is there some other way to get the keyboard and monitor set back up
as the default input and output devices?
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billwcc
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jlevieCommented:
Have you tried connecting monitor and keyboard to the box, leaving nothing connected to ttya? I think I fixed one in a similar state that way once.
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billwccAuthor Commented:
Yes, tried that with both Stop-N and Stop-A.

I'm hoping for maybe a magic jumper on the motherboard or something like
that.  There must be a way to reproduce the Stop-N signal by tweaking the
right wires, somehow.  Thanks for your help, tho.
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jlevieCommented:
A 'Break' from a tty console is the equivalent of a Stop-A from a Sun keyboard. Most real terminals have a Break key and  a number of terminal emulators can generate one by some key combination or possibly a menu item. That would get you to the Prom prompt.
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billwccAuthor Commented:
Hey,

It worked.  Thanks a million.
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billwccAuthor Commented:
Hey,

It worked.  Thanks a million.
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