Subject: How to recover from blank screen on sparc64



I finally was successful installing sparc64 on my old Ultra Enterprise II. I had to switch the output to the ttya port and have it connected to a serial port on a laptop in order to do the install from the ISO image on CD. Then the install proceeded normally and I could boot normally. Aptitude was working well and I used it to obtain the latest updates. I then attempted to install a desktop starting with xfce (I only have 1Gb of RAM). Received several “Not Found” messages for packages so the install of xfce did not continue. Attempted the same with LXDE with similar results. Finally I updated package lists and proceeded with the resulting upgrades. This seemed to install many, many packages – possibly all that were downloaded in my attempt to install a desktop. It was taking a very long time particularly with building the font cache. I left it continue…

This morning the system was at the Sun OpenBoot boot prompt so I attempted to boot the system. It seemed to be booting normally but the result is a blank screen and I cannot get a response to anything. What is the best way to recover from this?

 

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