[rescue] The onyx godness

John Ruschmeyer jruschme at comcast.net
Mon Jan 13 13:07:25 CST 2003

> Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2003 12:10:49 -0500 (EST)
> From: "Curtis H. Wilbar Jr." <rescue at hawkmountain.net>
> I've used a Viewsonic 7 (17" monitor from around 1993 ?)... the Sun's
> default 1152x768 drives it beyond it's rated specs a bit, but it works great !
> Most PC monitors made after 1995-7 should be able to deal with the Sun fine.
> Also, depending on your graphics adapter, you can ratchet down the Sun's
> graphics output....  outputs of 1024x768, 1152x900, and 1280x1024, and
> possibly higher may be selectable.  Using a serial console to change
> the setting in the open boot prom should allow you to bring this into the
> range your PC monitor can handle.
> If your unsure of what you have for video, if you have an Sbus graphics
> card then send me the first seven digits (the part number) from it's bar
> code (usually located on the physical sbus connector).  If your using the
> 13W3 video connector on the system itself, then I'd assume you have a
> VSIMM (4MB or 8MB) which is SX video.  I'd be glad to look up what you
> need to do to bring this into range of what your PC monitor can handle.
> (unless your PC monitor is limited to 800x600 or below for resolution,
> in which case your probly pretty well sunk).

Interestingly, the Sun FrameBuffer FAQ lists the ZX (aka Leo) as
supporting resolutions of 640x480x60 and 770x575x50 along with the more
traditional ones.

Anybody ever tried one of those with a low-end monitor?

Also, anyone know of any problems with putting a ZX in a Sparc 2?


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