[rescue] Sun Kit Needed for EE Student Here
Charles Shannon Hendrix
shannon at widomaker.com
Thu May 4 21:08:38 CDT 2006
Thu, 04 May 2006 @ 19:03 -0400, der Mouse said:
> > and your problem has nothing to do with PCs in general.
> In theory, no. In practice, yes. In theory, there is no need for a
> BIOS to misbehave like that. But if some large fraction of them do -
> and I consider that vendor's comments as fairly strong evidence that
> they do - then it's a case of "99% of them give the rest a bad name".
PC BIOS sucks, but the problem you are having hasn't been on any system I've
bought in the last 5 years.
It really sounds like you got a buggy BIOS. Have you tried to find an updated
BIOS and flash that?
It could even be a bug with IDE that the BIOS just can't handle, triggered by
a different drive.
> > I have had a couple of Suns that had the same problem.
> Interesting. Which models and ROM revs?
Well, I have to admit now that I've thought about it more, some of it was
about trouble with SunOS and Solaris, not the ROMs, and ESDI and ESDI bridged
drives. I used to hate Sun's disk setup. Actually I still do, but I just
rarely have to use it now that NetBSD is my primary OS.
However, there were also issues with ROM and SCSI, and the units I remember
most were Sun SPARC towers (the VMEbus systems), Sun SS1 and SS2, and my
current Sun SS5.
The Sun would see the drive, but not the right model or capacity.
The Sun would see the drive, but was unable to boot from it and/or I could not
install the OS.
In all of these cases, a convienient Mac or PC was able to see and use the
drives just fine (except for ESDI, which I never used outside of Sun systems).
The SS5 generally just works, but I did have a drive once that it never saw as
the correct drive, and I had trouble installing an OS on it. I gave up
trying to figure it out and got a pair of IBM 9GB drives which work
The largest drive I have tried on the SS5 is an 18GB Fujitsu, and it
also works fine.
> I've seen the 1G issue (where all the boot data must be in the first 1G of
> the disk, because the ROMs don't know how to use 10-byte CDBs), but I've
> never seen them wedge hard because of a too-large disk.
I never had a Sun wedge either. Just problems seeing/using particular
I didn't mean to imply the Sun crashed.
shannon "AT" widomaker.com -- ["Work for something because it is good, not
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