[rescue] Sun 540-5014 (AKA X7288A) versus Teac DV-28E

Mike Meredith very at zonky.org
Tue Apr 11 15:15:25 CDT 2006

On Tue, 11 Apr 2006 22:40:19 +0300, Geoffrey S. Mendelson wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 11, 2006 at 03:29:06PM -0400, Dave K wrote:
> > Now for the hard question: Does Sun have special firmware put into
> > the Teac drives that would prevent us from using non-Sun versions?

I doubt it, but I guess the only sane test is to buy one drive and fit
it to the oldest machine to see how it pans out. If your Suns are on a
support contract, and you can persuade your CD drives to fail, they'll
probably be replaced with DVD drives.

> 1. Will the computers in question boot from a USB drive? You can buy a
>    DVD drive for very little money these days.

I haven't heard of them being able to do that, but it does sound
interesting enough to try it out although probably most of our servers
that are young enough to have USB are also young enough to have DVD

> 2. It may depend upon which version of Solaris you wish to boot. I
> know that

I would have thought it was a firmware issue, but it's probably only
something causing a problem with pretty old Sun machines. But see the
first paragraph :)

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