[SunRescue] 'Getting started' questions
newell at cei.net
Thu Mar 16 07:28:23 CST 2000
Made a trip to the local dead freight warehouse yesterday and spotted a
pallet of old Sparc pizza boxes (all Sparcstation 2s, I think) and
shoeboxes (either IPC or IPX? The one I opened had 72 pin simms).
My introduction to the internet was through old machines like these, so I
bought a Sparcstation 2 out of curiosity. After soldering up a serial port
cable and reading through the boot monitor section of the hardware faq, I
was able to bring it up and gather some info: 40 meg ram, 2 Fujitsu 528
meg drives, GX/CG6 framebuffer, rom v2.4.1, SunOS 4.1.4. I've got no
keyboard, mouse, monitor, or cabling.
So, what now? I'd like to have a spare machine to transfer files between
work and the house; something I could plug into the network, ftp, and unplug.
What would it take to adapt the AUI ethernet port over to something more
common, like RJ-45 or BNC? I've never used AUI.
What's the OS of choice for this vintage? Linux, FreeBSD? I know nothing
about SunOS--I still haven't figured out how to add a user (!) or even how
to start up getty so I don't have to do the 'send a break to ttya, boot
disk -s' routine every time I power up. Viewlogic didn't leave anything
other than the OS on the drives.
What's the going price on junk like this? I could probably pick up a few
more for ~$10 each, but I'm not sure if I want to go to the trouble of
sticking 'em on eBay. (Besides, I'm not sure they're all complete. I did
see a couple with no drives or memory.)
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