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How to use:

> q loc       - will let you change the byte value at loc.
> q [ret]     - will step you through the locations, letting you change them
                as you go. A q by itself will exit you back to the > prompt.

Here are some important locations and possible contents:

0x000-0x003 - Diagnostic Test Write Area (used by diagnostics) 4 bytes
0x004-0x009 - Diagnostic Area Write Counters (used by diagnostics) 6 bytes
0x00c-0x00e - Diagnostic Area Checksum *used by daignostics) 3 identical bytes

0x010-0x013 - Date of Last System Hardware Update (Total seconds since 1/1/70)
              0x010 - bits 31-24
              0x011 - bits 23-16
              0x012 - bits 15-8
              0x013 - bits 7-0

0x014       - Total number in hex of installed memory in the system. 1 byte
0x015       - Total number of MB (in hex) to test prior to booting.
              Firmware ignores this value if diagnostic switch set to DIAG.
              1 byte.

0x016       - Monitor Screen Size (1 byte)
              Set to:
              0x00  for 1152x900 (Most Sun-3 Systems)
              0x12  1024x1024
              0x13  1600x1280 (HiRes for Sun 3/200 series)
              0x14  1440x1440
  	      0x15  1024x768 (low resolution)		

0x017       - Watchdog Reset Action (1 byte)
              Set to:
              0x00  Watchdog Reset will fall into Boot PROM Monitor
              0x12  Watchdog Reset will cause a Power On Reset

0x018       - Operating System Boot Up (1 byte)
              Set to:
              0x00  Poll devices for the SunOS (i.e., xy, sd, etc)
              0x12  Use EEPROM specified boot device
0x019-0x01d - Boot device (the one you wanted! - 5 bytes)

  0x019-0x01a Default boot device (see table below)
  0x01b       Controller number in hex
  0x01c       Unit number in hex
  0x01d       Partition number in hex

  Table for 0x019-0x01d:

  OS Boot Device:             Ox019:         0x01a:

  xy: Xylogics 450/451 disk   0x78           0x79
  xd: Xylogics Disk (7053)    0x78           0x64
  sd: SCSI disk (!)           0x73           0x64
  ie: Intel Ethernet          0x69           0x65
  le: AMD (Lance) Ethernet    0x6c           0x65
  st: SCSI 1/4" Tape          0x73           0x74
  xt: Xylogics 1/2" Tape      0x78           0x74
  mt: Tapemaster 1/2" Tape    0x6d           0x74

  (So if you want to boot a 3/50, 3/60, 3/75/140, 1/160/180, 3/110,
  3/260, 3/280 or 3/80 from SCSI sd(0,0,0), set EEPROM locations
  0x019-0x01d to 73 64 00 00 00.)

0x01e       - Keyboard type (1 byte) Not implemented

0x01f       - Primary Terminal (1 byte)
              Set to:
              0x00  Use B/W Monitor (monochrome on-board frame buffer)
              0x10  Use Serial Port A
              0x11  Use Serial Port B
              0x12  Use Color Monitor (CG2, CG3, CG5, or color daughter board)
              0x20  Use single of first head of multiheaded P4 board (CG6)

0x020       - Display Sun Banner (You can have the default Sun logo or
              a custom logo) (1 byte)
              Set to:
              0x00  Display the Sun Banner
              0x12  Display Custon Banner

0x021       - KeyClick on/off (1 byte)
              Set to:
              0x00  Turn Click OFF
              0x12  Turn Click ON

0x022-0x026 - Diagnostic Boot Device (5 bytes)
              (See Boot device table above)

0x028-0x04f - Diagnostic boot path (40 bytes) in ASCII.

0x050       - HiRes Screen Size
              # of columns (default 0x50 is hex for 80 columns)
	      # of columns (0x78 is hex for 120 columns)

0x051	    - HiRes Screen Size 
              # of rows (default 0x22 is hex for 34 rows)
	      # of columns (0x30 is hex for 48 rows)

0x058       - SCC Port A Default Baud Rate (1 byte)
              Set to:
              0x00  Use Default Baud Rate of 9600 baud
              0x12  Use EEPROM defined baud rate (see below)

0x059-0x05a - SCC Port A Baud Rate (2 bytes)


  Baud Rate:      Hex Equiv:       0x059:         0x05a:

    300           0x012c           0x01           0x2c
    600           0x0258           0x02           0x58
   1200           0x04b0           0x04           0xb0
   2400           0x0960           0x09           0x60
   4800           0x12c0           0x12           0xc0
   9600           0x2580           0x25           0x80
  19200           0x4b00           0x4b           0x00
  38400           0x9600           0x96           0x00

  (Note: SunOS 4.1.1 apparently ignores what you set when it comes
  to configuring the serial ports, so this isn;t as important as it looks.)

0x05b       - SCC Port A DTR/RTS (1 byte)
              Set to:
              0x00  Assert the DTS and RTS signals
              0x12  Do NOT assert the DTS and RTS signals

0x060       - SCC Port B Default Baud Rate (1 byte)
0x061-0x062 - SCC Port B Baud Rate (2 bytes)
0x063       - SCC Port B DTR/RTS (1 byte)
  (see table and infor for Port A, above)

0x068-0x0b7 - Custom Banner (80 bytes)
              These 80 bytes represent a character buffer for a user
              specified custom banner to be displayed instead of the
              Sun banner, when the value of EEPROM location 0x020 is
              0x012. All locations up to the terminator (0x00) are
              displayed; each byte not filled with the hexadecimal
              equivalent of an ASCII character should contain zeroes.

0x0b8-0x0b9 - Test Pattern (2 bytes)
              These two bytes are used to provide a known data test pattern
              to check the EEPROM data lines.
              0x0b8 is 0xAA
              0x0b9 is 0x55

0x492	    - Password Mode Select (ROM Rev. > 2.7.0)
	      0x5E = fully secure mode
	      0x01 = command secure mode
	      Rest = non-secure mode

0x493-0x49a - Password Bytes (ROM Rev. > 2.7.0)
	      8 Bytes of password in ASCII

	      If the PROM Rev. level is 2.8, enter a @ character before
	      each letter of the password. Enter one letter before each
	      location, followed by . If the password is less than
	      8 letters, enter 00 in the remaining locations. The HEX-Value
	      of the letters can also be used to enter the password.

0x70b	    - Sun 3/80 Power-On Mode
	      0x06 = normal boot
	      0x12 = diagnostic mode
	      Rest = full diagnostic boot

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