September 24, 2003

Silicon Resurrection

Filed under: Archives — mhoye @ 12:00 pm

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump;
for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible,
and we shall be changed.”

, chapter 15, verse 52.

The mobo replacement did the trick, and my Indy gave me quite a startle,
with its hyper-enthusiastic bootup noise. “I’m here! I work! Check
me out, I rock! Trumpets!” Why does that merit a biblical quotation,
you ask? Well, because I shouted something biblical at that point.

If you happen to be ressurecting an Indy, and you’re confronted with this
message when you first boot up,

Initializing tod clock.

Initializing tod clock.
Unable to set tod clock

then my advice is to find a new mainboard. I’ve looked high and low,
and the only alternative advice I’ve been able to find is to buy a new
timer chip; the Indy uses one of those repugnant battery-in-the-chip
widgets, sadly, and they apparently get flaky and dangerous near the
end of their lives. The chips themselves only cost a few dollars, a
sensible option if you’re less of a clod than I am. I’m glad Geoff had
the extra Indy-shell about, because that way lies madness and I’m less
likely to end up with a working machine than I am to wind up with
my hand welded to my face.

Soon, I will figure out how to make the OS install work – it wants to
install, but I think I’m not selecting the packages right. I need

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