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2 definitions found
 for fireworks mode
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  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.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  fireworks mode
  
     The mode a machine is sometimes said to be in when
     it is performing a crash and burn operation.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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