Using Creator 3D on an Ultra 1E?

Marius Strobl marius at
Wed Oct 27 10:55:30 PDT 2004

On Wed, Oct 27, 2004 at 07:21:48PM +0200, Torfinn Ingolfsen wrote:
> On Wed, 27 Oct 2004 15:26:35 +0200
> Marius Strobl <marius at> wrote:
> > Keyboard and mouse on SBus-based machines unfortunately don't work
> > under FreeBSD, yet. So you can't use syscons(4) or X on this machine
> > at present.
> Ah, too bad. If there is anything I can do to help (don't expect too
> much), please let me know. I can test patches and stuff.

Donate an U2 to Marcel Moolenaar :) He is willing to fix the support
for the Z8530 (he wrote the initial part) which is the problem here
but doesn't have the hardware himself.

> > The ofw_console(4) driver will use the keyboard and the
> > creator card via Open Firmware if you set "input-device" to "keyboard"
> > and "output-device" to "screen" in the Open Firmware boot monitor or
> Hmm, doesn't work here. I checked in OBP, input-device and output-device
> are set correctly. I attached a keyboard, and my monitor. The keyboard
> is recognized (to a certain degree) as I can power-on the machine from
> it. Keyboard type 5c. And I don't get console output on ttya (which I do
> get if there is no keyboard present).
> However, my monitor never receives a signal, it just blinks with "no
> signal" lamp. If it had received a signal (any signal) it would at least
> have complained that the signal was outside acceptable values.

I guess there's something wrong with your Creator card or the 13W3-to-
VGA adaptor then because independent of any installed OS you should
at least get the Open Firmware banner on the monitor when powering up
the box.

> BTW, I can't find the man page for ofw_console(4). Do I need a newer
> version than 5.3-BETA7 to get it?

There's no manpage for it but it's part of the sparc64 GENERIC kernel.

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