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« on: October 31, 2003, 03:20:21 PM »

I bought a used Sun Ultra 5 machine. It has a VGA port to be used with a PC monitor. However, when I turn it on I can hear it booting up, but nothing appears on the monitor. (The monitor is on, but the connection is not working.) I was wondering if anybody has had a similiar problem with these machines? Is it likely that I have a bad video card?
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« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2003, 12:13:38 AM »

First look at the very basic things. Is the brightness/ contrast turned all the way down? Try using another monitor to make sure it's not the monitor that's bad. If you don't get any video with a second monitor, it's your video card.
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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2003, 07:25:21 PM »

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I bought a used Sun Ultra 5 machine. It has a VGA port to be used with a PC monitor. However, when I turn it on I can hear it booting up, but nothing appears on the monitor. (The monitor is on, but the connection is not working.) I was wondering if anybody has had a similiar problem with these machines? Is it likely that I have a bad video card?


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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2003, 06:24:33 PM »

Thanks a lot for your suggestions. I do not need a Sun/VGA video adapter, becuase my machine already has the right port to work with PC's.

In addition, I have this bizarre symptom when I turn it on. The monitors start out green, and then go back to amber in a second. Is this a symptom of bad video chips, and that getting a card would help? (This machine has no video card. The video port is attached directly to the mother board.)  I don't want to spend money on a Sun-compatible PCI video card of it won't help.

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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2003, 12:03:54 AM »

so your computer does have a port labeled VGA? hmmm... i only have experience with a few suns and i have no idea what version or anything else they were, but i do no that standard VGA monitors are not wired the same. to use a regular pc monitor the plug had to be rewired which is what happened with the machines i was familiar with. this had to do with having different video controls completely. also i dont know if this is pertinent or not, but older models had to be configured differently for different monitors, so u might be farther ahead to go to the monitors web site to check for solaris drivers. suns dont boot the same way that pc's do so drivers are completely different.
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