• USR-PCI "Boot>" prompt

    From James Bradley@1:134/77 to All on Fri Jul 7 17:52:10 2006
    Hello gang:

    As the subject says, the PCI USR modem, now gives me a "Boot>" prompt inside Minicom. It's is a HW modem, so there shouldn't be any "Window" issues. "ATI?" (Whatever number describes the HW.) reported some devices that do not exist on this machine, so maybe it's time to flash its BIOS?

    It was working fine, for a year at least. Nothing was done on this end to tweak anything, until it went down.


    ... James
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  • From Russell Tiedt@5:7105/1 to James Bradley on Sun Jul 9 10:39:24 2006
    Hello James.

    07 Jul 06 16:52, you wrote to all:

    As the subject says, the PCI USR modem, now gives me a "Boot>" prompt inside Minicom. It's is a HW modem, so there shouldn't be any "Window" issues. "ATI?" (Whatever number describes the HW.) reported some
    devices that do not exist on this machine, so maybe it's time to flash
    its BIOS?

    It was working fine, for a year at least. Nothing was done on this end
    to tweak anything, until it went down.

    That is some weird ....

    Russell

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  • From James Bradley@1:134/77 to Russell Tiedt on Thu Jul 13 03:00:04 2006
    Quoting Russell Tiedt to James Bradley <=-

    Hello James.

    07 Jul 06 16:52, you wrote to all:

    As the subject says, the PCI USR modem, now gives me a "Boot>" prompt inside Minicom. It's is a HW modem, so there shouldn't be any "Window" issues. "ATI?" (Whatever number describes the HW.) reported some
    devices that do not exist on this machine, so maybe it's time to flash
    its BIOS?

    It was working fine, for a year at least. Nothing was done on this end
    to tweak anything, until it went down.

    That is some weird ....

    Russell

    I'll say. You can expect it waking up in a data mode now and again, but even the other ati#s look bunked too.

    I wonder if a lightning stike made it through, just enough to scramble a few of
    the right bytes. I'll shelf it for now, and hopefully flash it in a controlled way when it returns to service.


    ... James

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  • From James Bradley@1:134/77 to Russell Tiedt on Tue Jul 18 08:51:06 2006
    On or about: 07-15-06 18:29, Russell Tiedt did engage James Bradley regarding,
    but not limited
    to: USR-PCI "Boot>" prompt


    I'll say. You can expect it waking up in a data mode now and again,
    but even the other ati#s look bunked too.

    I wonder if a lightning stike made it through, just enough to scramble
    a few of the right bytes. I'll shelf it for now, and hopefully flash
    it in a controlled way when it returns to service.

    Well it could be a lighting strike, something similar happened to my original 28800 USR Sportster a few years back ...

    A friend bought a new computer, (Retail, of all things.) for which I bought an el'cheapo power
    bar for them. One spring, all their neighbours phone equipment was fried, and so was the modem
    terminal on the power bar, but their new 'puter remained safe. It's so nice when a $40 IC doesn't
    protect a three-cent fuse.

    Come to think about it, we did have a few lightshows around the time mine went dumb. My AC
    is all on UPSes or rather good power bars, but I may have circumvented the phone line, in order
    to reach a device, or to avoid me from finding another cable...




    ... James

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  • From Russell Tiedt@5:7105/1 to James Bradley on Wed Jul 19 19:57:55 2006
    Hello James.

    18 Jul 06 07:51, you wrote to me:

    Well it could be a lighting strike, something similar happened to
    my original 28800 USR Sportster a few years back ...

    A friend bought a new computer, (Retail, of all things.) for which I bought an el'cheapo power bar for them. One spring, all their
    neighbours phone equipment was fried, and so was the modem terminal on
    the power bar, but their new 'puter remained safe. It's so nice when a
    $40 IC doesn't protect a three-cent fuse.

    Way of the world, ... , work of the Devil ... :-((

    Come to think about it, we did have a few lightshows around the time
    mine went dumb. My AC is all on UPSes or rather good power bars, but I
    may have circumvented the phone line, in order to reach a device, or
    to avoid me from finding another cable...

    Something I must still get myself here is a good surge protector, one was on the shopping list along with a DVD-ROM/CD-Writer, but that took a dive when I got a bad case of the flu, and my lungs had a good go at suffocating me. Now I still owe the Doctor a few hundred Rands, but am feeling a whole heap better ... <BG>, just shy the cash to buy the above mentioned items as a result. :-((

    Russell

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