[rescue] "New" Sparc Classic -- qouple of Q's (my first post)

Nadine Miller vraptor at promessage.com
Mon Feb 23 17:54:10 CST 2004

Bill Bradford wrote:

> On Mon, Feb 23, 2004 at 03:27:54PM -0500, John Redmond wrote:
>>Somewhat unrelated: I'm stuck with a dial-up internet connection, so I 
>>can no longer run servers at home for more than my own amusement. I'm 
>>interested in any opinions on how foolhardy would it be to stick the 
>>ss20 (say) in a co-lo and use it for real - maybe hosting some domains 
>>for friends and/or local charities or small businesses etc. Obviously 
>>the hardware is great quality, but it IS old, and I'm guessing I would 
>>have to expect to do any repairs myself.
> Why not?  Just buy another complete ss20 for under $100 and keep it as a
> spare.  
> I've actually never had anything but hard drives and framebuffers [1] 
> fail in SPARC boxes.  All other failures I eve rdealt with were the
> result of bad cooling and were where E4Ks were just "frying" boards. [2]

I have an SS20 with a failed serial port A here; I've
seen PSUs go as well, but the SS20 that died of that
was stuck in a DC at one point where the temp went 104F+.

Oh, and the infamous U1 CPU fan deaths.

(You don't want to know how many HDs went south over
many months after that fiasco.  But, it made facilities
add a monthly check of their failure notification system.)


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