[rescue] 3B2 / SysVr3 disks on Sun ?

pete leaknoil at charter.net
Wed Dec 8 15:04:47 CST 2010

Unfortunately, I don't think the FAQ has been updated since the 90's. 
Back when most scsi drives were still under 1gb.  I can get the drives 
installed by adding the entries described there but, I can't get them 
formatted.  It just fails with and error saying to contact my AT&T 
support representative. What it is supposed to do is do a low level 
format and verify then bless the disk. Until the disk is blessed the 
system sees it but, wont let you play with it at all.

I was able to format a small drive without changing entries in that 
third file I posted but, every drive I've tried from 1gb to 9gb has 
failed the format. Fails immediately too.  While reading the old usenet 
archive I ran into a post by a guy that had a vendor sold 3rd party 1GB 
drive on his 3B2 he wanted to move to another 3B2. He was having trouble 
and mentioned that the vendor supplied floppy did three things when run. 
Modified the two files mentioned in the FAQ section and then changed 
some of the values in the file I posted.  Thats the only mention of that 
file anywhere in the archives and the only mention of using a bigger 
drive on a 3B2 that mentioned any specifics.  He unfortunately didn't 
say what it changed them too and nobody ever answered his post. Couple 
other posts mention big drives on a 3B2 but, always sold by a vendor for 
the 3B2.  I imagine they included a floppy disk too.

Funny enough, almost every post asking for help went unanswered on the 
group. There was not a lot of talking about these machines. I guess they 
were pretty much on the way out when the USENET really started to 
explode. They were also mainly government machines which meant not a lot 
of outside experts sharing info.

On 12/8/2010 12:08 PM, Bob wrote:
> http://urban.csuohio.edu/~bob/3b2faq.html#S4

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