Frequently Asked Questions for Solaris 2.4 (OW3.4 release)

For XVideo, PowerVideo, and MultiVideo Cards

I get a Signal 11 when I try to run your software.

Please check your tape/CD. You must have the OW34 release to run with the Solaris 2.4 operating system. The above error normally indicates you are running the OW33 release.

I have a Sparc 5 which crashes when I try to run your software.

Please request an updated driver from Parallax Tech Support.

How do I load your software?

We have released the software in the "pkgadd" format. Please follow the installation guide provided with the software.   The software installation guide is in the jewel case of the CD.

I don't have a CD drive, how can I load your software?

We can provide the software on our ftp site, or you can remotely mount a CD drive.

How do I load from a remote CD?

From the remote system, export the CD-ROM using the share command. On your system, mount the CD-ROM file sytstem on your machine and install the software.

I have just gotten the CDE release . How do I run with your drivers?

Modify the /usr/dt/config/Xservers file by adding "-dev /dev/fbs/tvtwo0". Details are in the software installation guide.

Can I run multiple Parallax boards in one system?

If you have the latest Update_1.2 driver, you may use two non-compression boards within one system. Please contact Parallax Tech Support for information on compression boards.

When I use Netscape, my server crashes!

Please request an updated driver from Parallax Tech Support.

When I use Wabi, it leaves lines all over the screen!

Please request an updated driver from Parallax Tech Support.

When I type 'openwin' to start the server, I get a 'watchdog reset'

Please review the installation guide for instructions on using the "start_ow3" script provided in the $PARALLAX_HOME/bin directory.

Do I need to do anything special to install the board?

You must use the "boot -r" command from the "ok" prompt in order to force a proper configuration of the system drivers.

How do I default to the Parallax frame buffer when using a SPARC20 with SX frame buffer?

Click here for the instructions.

I have configured my system to run in dual-headed mode. How do I move from one screen to the next?

Use the mouse to move the cursor off the right side of one screen. It will appear on the left side of the other screen.

My customer's application uses hardware acceleration to speed the graphics capabilities. Can they use this with the Parallax digital video frame buffers?

The Parallax frame buffers do not support the acceleration calls performed by the applications. Those applications must be able to run (more slowly) without those calls. Please contact the application provider for details. If acceleration is required, dual-headed mode is an option.

I just replaced my XVideo with a Powervideo and ran "boot -r" to reconfigure the drivers. But start_ow3 will not run correctly.

If the one-slot Powervideo is not in the left-most slot of the machine, its driver will be configured as /dev/fbs/tvtwo2; The start_ow3 must be modified to reflect this.

How do I use the contents of the diag directory?

nvram4m (for "m" architecture machines) and nvram4c (for "c" architecture machines) can be used to query the nvram on the boards. You must be superuser. use the "uname -r" command to determine the architecture.

run "nvram4(c,m) load print" to display the results

run "nvram4(c,m) load default" to reset the nvram to defaults

The "load default" command must be performed on a lower-speed system (such as a Sparc-2 class) in order to work properly

How do I know the nvram needs refreshing?

Pink vertical lines on the display

"init: don't know what rev. GAs in use" message at boot time

nvram4(c,m) returns incredible values

I would like to run another Window Manager (such as Motif WM).

Modify the start_ow3 startup script to specify the window manager:

openwin -wm [window manager] -dev $FRAMEBUFFER ...

for Motif: openwin -wm mwm -dev $FRAMEBUFFER ...

The Netscape Navigator Browser 2.0 crashes when I try to run Java.

If you have started the server in pseudocolor (8-bit) mode, this will happen unless you also start Netscape in psuedocolor:

netscape -pseudocolor

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