[rescue] Re: scrap sparcbook

Mike Parson mparson at bl.org
Thu Nov 4 09:13:43 CST 2004

On Wed, Nov 03, 2004 at 08:27:48PM -0600, Martin Wedel wrote:
> Geoffrey S. Mendelson wrote:
>> Andrew Jones wrote:
>>> Too bad, though.  I'd love to have a sparcbook w/ SunOS 4.x, just
>>> for the novelty value.
>> And I'd love to have a 3gx with 128m ram, 8gig or bigger hard drive,
>> a wifi card of any sort and battery that lasts more than 15 minutes.
>> (one can dream)
> In case you didn't know, OpenBSD supports the frame buffer and pcmcia
> now. I'm using my Gx with an Orinoco gold card, but about any 16- bit
> prism card works too.

NetBSD supports the framebuffer too, but in cg3 emulation mode (slow,
8bit, etc), but it lacks PCMCIA support.

I ran OpenBSD on my SB3GX for about a week.  There's no power-control
support and my SB ran noticably hotter than under Solaris 2.6 (I bought
a fan to blow across the keyboard just for this.

I don't have 128M of RAM, but I do have a 20g HD =)

WiFi is provided by the Linksys WGA11B "Gaming Adapter" which still has
a lot of wires, but lets me use the device on the other side of the
house.  My battery doesn't even last 1 second, I need to get that fixed
sometime soon.

Its back to running Solaris 2.6, btw.

Michael Parson
mparson at bl.org

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