installation of video in sunfire v120

Sun microsystems / Sunfire v120
July 18, 2009 at 09:03:19
Specs: solaris 10, 1gb
i installed option video card for sunfire v120 but nothing
happens. I want to boot of video to use gui but nothiong
happens?
Please help

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#1
July 18, 2009 at 11:30:09
"nothing happens"

You have not told us anything that indicates what your problem is.
We need the details.


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#2
July 18, 2009 at 14:20:37
i installed the option video card hooked up a monitor lcd to it
turned it on no screen nothing comes up no boot nothing . i can
hear the hard drive working but no screen

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#3
July 18, 2009 at 14:44:28
What type of slot did you install the card into?

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#4
July 18, 2009 at 14:55:25
sun pci video card part # 370-4362 this is the option video card
for sunfire v120

thanks
Ruben


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#5
July 18, 2009 at 15:20:02
The only significant thing you've told us that helps a little that have haven't told us in the first post in that last post is "the hard drive working".

We need to know things like....

Does the hard drive led blink for a while after you boot the computer like it normally does while the operating system is loading?

Was the computer working fine before you installed the optional video card?
E.g. if you weren't getting video before, you probably won't get it from the new card either - something else is probably wrong.

Did you UNPLUG the AC cord to the computer, or otherwise switch OFF the AC to the computer , BEFORE and during you installing the video card? If you didn't you mayy have damaged the card.

Did you make sure the video card is all the way down in it's slot, and the fastenining screw for it is installed, before you booted the computer?

If the card was not all the way down in it's slot when you booted it may have been damaged.
If you didn't install the fastening screw, it may have moved upward in it's slot when you plugged the monitor into it - that can damage the card.
In either case, it may not work even after you make sure it's all the way down in it's slot.

Sometimes when you install things you have to unplug something that's in the way, or you may have un-intentionally loosened some connection while installing the card. Did you check to make sure no connections you need were loose or unplugged?
E.g. many mboards require you connect an extra power connector from the power supply to them, other than the main 20 or 24 "pin" main one.

Did you change any of the ram you had installed?

What did you have for video before? Was it a card in a slot, or video built into the mboard? If it was a card in a slot, did you remove the old card before installing the new one, or is the old card still installed?

What port is the monitor plugged into?
The one for the onboard video, or one on the new card, or one on an old card?
E.g. In most cases, if the video card is PCI-E or AGP, you will not get video from the onboard video port because the onboard video is automatically disabled when you install the card.

If the video card is PCI, it will probably disable onboard video if it is in the last PCI slot closest to the middle of the mboard, but it may not if it's installed in another PCI slot.

If the video card is AGP or PCI-E, it may require you connect an extra power connector from the power supply to it - you probably won't get video from the new card if that is not connected.


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#6
July 18, 2009 at 15:27:52
unit had no video was working fine no hard drive led on system
the board is option that sun recommends for it. reinstalled card
made sure plugged in all the way . screw is installed properly.
npo ram changed in unit. if i remove card unit works fine with
telent from pc to lom bootup. mo onboard video included in unit.


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#7
July 18, 2009 at 15:33:27
It isn't clear what sort of video you had prior to installing the PCI video card.

PCI video cards do not automatically disable integrated graphics, if that is what you have.


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#8
July 18, 2009 at 15:55:14
no video card previous installed. its an option not standard .
does not have built in video.

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#9
July 18, 2009 at 16:45:21
"....works fine with telent from pc to lom bootup...."

I have no idea what you're talking of.

The computer works completely as it should when the optional card is NOT installed?

It seems to also work normally despite no video when the card IS installed?

You had the monitor in the port on the video card when it was installed?
If so, did you try the monitor in the port for onboard video when the card was installed?

- if you get video from the onboard video port when the card is installed, or in any case,
- you MAY need to go into the mboard bios when the card is NOT installed, and set Initialize Display First or Primary Display or similar to PCI, save bios settings, shut off the computer, remove AC power, install the card, plug the monitor into it, restore AC power, then boot and you should have video.

I have no idea whether your mboard is similar to or different from a PC mboard.
On a PC mboard, usually if you install a PCI video card in the last PCI slot nearest the center of the mboard, installing the PCI card disables the onboard video automatically - the onboard video and that slot on a PC mboard use the same mboard IRQ - two video adapters cannot normally use the same mboard IRQ, at least not in Windows and Dos. If installing a PCI video card in that slot does NOT disable the onboard video automatically, then the PCI video card cannot work - hence having to set the Primary Video or similar to PCI in the bios Setup.
If you have other PCI slots, the video card should work in any or most of them, and the onboard may or may not be disabled (usually it isn't).

Some old PC mboards, e.g. early Pentiuim and older, had a jumper or jumpers on the mboard you could move to disable the onboard video - the bios and circuitry of the mboard could not disable the onboard video automatically.
Does your mboard have such a jumper or jumpers?

This probably doesn't apply to your case since the card is a recommended option according to your info....

Some old video cards (made before 1999 or so) cannot be used or cannot easily be used on a PC mboard that has no such jumpers because they were desgned to be used on mboards without onboard video and by default cannot disable the onboard video when you install them - both video adapters try to run at the same time using the same IRQ, and the display, if you get anything at all, is scrambled. In Win 98SE, I was able to get such a card (Xpert 98) to work after a lot of fiddling, doing it a non-standard way. In XP, the same card worked fine on the same mboard with no fiddling necessary.
However, in both cases I could not update it's video drivers, because the software updates installation detected the mboard had onboard video, despite my having disabled the onboard adapter in Device Manager. .


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#10
July 18, 2009 at 16:55:36
response 6

"unit had no video
mo onboard video included in unit. "

I took that to mean it had no video CARD but it HAS onboard video

response 8

"no video card previous installed. its an option not standard .
does not have built in video."

So it doesn't have onboard video.

Does it have a bios Setup when you do have video that works?
How do you configure it's bios Setup if it doesn't?

Have you looked for installation directions for this optional card?
Do you have the manual for your mboard or system?
It may be you using info from those is only way you're going to get it to work.


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#11
July 18, 2009 at 18:17:45
If you don't have onboard video then what did you use for video before you installed the sun pci video card part # 370-4362?

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