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fireworks mode n.
1. The mode a machine is sometimes
said to be in when it is performing a crash and burn
operation. 2. There is (or was) a more specific meaning of this
term in the Amiga community. The word fireworks described the
effects of a particularly serious crash which prevented the
video pointer(s) from getting reset at the start of the vertical
blank. This caused the DAC to scroll through the entire contents of
CHIP (video or video+CPU) memory. Since each bit plane would scroll
separately this was quite a spectacular effect.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.