[rescue] Re: Installing OpenBSD on a Sparc2

Robert Novak rescue at sunhelp.org
Mon Jun 11 18:46:29 CDT 2001

On Mon, 11 Jun 2001, Simeon Johnston wrote:

> I just realized something.  Does the Sparc2 have a CPU module?  I have
> never used one and only have experience with a Sparc10 which uses CPU
> modules.  But this only has MBUS slots and I thought the CPU modules where
> speacial connectors.

SPARCstation 2 has an on-board CPU on the main board, and except for the
Weitek Power-UP upgrade, it's not upgradable. May be a TI chip or even
Fujitsu or Weitek I think. It's fairly likely that you do have a CPU,
although I wouldn't bet my rabbit on it.

The slots you see are SBUS, not MBUS. MBUS is what the CPUs go into on
SS10/20/600/1000. Usually a white connector with a blade, if I recall
correctly, as opposed to the black almost-wide-SCSI-looking connector for

> I don't have much experience with sparc's. If it's a matter of no CPU
> than I can understand why it isn't working. :-) But as far as I know I
> got all the settings right for console access and got nothing.

I know this may not help a lot, but the SS2 I have running OpenBSD 2.5
installed fine from serial console, no magic or sacrifices. It's also run
SunOS 4.1.4, Solaris 2.5.1, and Redhat 4.2, almost never with a monitor or
keyboard. I think it does have a cgsix as well as the boris+natasha memory
card, but I don't remember about the frame buffer. I haven't seen the back
side of it since I moved in two years ago :)

Robert Novak, Indyramp Consulting * rnovak at indyramp.com * indyramp.com/~rnovak
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