Even with a dead battery you should have seen console output. I would check
the serial cable, p2 adapter and 712 console port jumpers first.
You could try to boot directly from the eprom which holds the 197bbug(using
the DIP switches) in case the 197bug has been flashed with custom
firmware(never seen this, but who knows). You can remove the 297 expansion
card as 197 has its own memory soldered on the back-side.
On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, ryan at hack.net
ryan--- via cctalk <
cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
Anyone have experience with the Moto 88k VME boards? I have an MVME197LE
that I?m trying to bring up but it?s staying in BRDFAIL, while SYSCON and
RUN are green and pressing RESET appears to work.
Nothing on console at all. (via a 712 transition module)
Same behavior with the NVRAM removed.
I do have the mezzanine card which has stayed affixed with an interesting
inter-board connection. (Is this separate-able? Should it function
without this DRAM?).
I?ll dive deep into debugging this, but if anyone has some tips or
experience they could share it would be appreciated!
ryan at hack.net