Getting Sun Sparcstation 10 to recognize its graphics card

Alan Perry aperry at
Wed Jan 10 01:40:35 CST 2018

Jonathan may be on to something here. I only deal with Sun stuff and am 
mostly unfamiliar with SGI stuff. However, I use LCD displays with 
13W3-to-VGA adapters on my Suns and, relevant to this discussion, I know 
that the adapters used with Suns are different from the ones with SGIs, 
though I don't know the details.


On 1/9/18 4:01 PM, systems_glitch via cctech wrote:
> Bill,
> Are you sure the SGI monitor will work with the Sun graphics adapter? Just
> because the plug fits doesn't mean the monitors are compatible, when it
> comes to 13W3. It may be just transferring control to the video console and
> *appear* to be locking up, and you're not getting anything out of the
> display as a result.
> Do you get diagnostic LED patterns on the keyboard LEDs?
> Thanks,
> Jonathan
> On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 4:18 PM, william degnan via cctech <
> cctech at> wrote:
>> Working from this page to configure my sparcstation 10 after NVRAM
>> replacement:
>> ...but curious is there an installation manual or whatever specific to the
>> video card in my system, a TurboXGX with STP3010GPA chip
>> I have Solaris 4 installed.  I am guessing around trying different things.
>> With help I have the OS installed but so far I can't get the system to
>> recognize the video card and Sun keyboard.  With these installed it freezes
>> the, I am using a serial terminal to interact with the system.
>> The video display I have is an SGI GDM-20D11
>> Eventually I'll poke through to the solution, this is my first Sun box, up
>> to this point they were "too new" but I'd like to learn how to perform a
>> system install.
>> If I find the answers I am looking for I'll post here.
>> Bill

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