[rescue] Wanted: SparcStation 20 and/or Parts

Kevin Bowling kevin.bowling at kev009.com
Tue Nov 22 13:22:07 CST 2011

Hi Alex,

I don't think the SS20 will see the SM81-2's second MB of cache per

After you're taken care of, I'm also looking for an 8MB VSIMM and and
a clean chassis (Aurora2 preferable from dead SS5, SS20) as mine is
pretty gross.


On Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 11:56 AM, J. Alexander Jacocks <jjacocks at mac.com>
> On Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 1:43 PM, Lionel Peterson <lionel4287 at gmail.com>
>> At one point I cobbled together a 'pimped-out' SS/20, maxing out the system
>> best I could, to the extent I think I had the elusive 2nd VSIMM daughter
>> that occupied an SBUS slot. I'm away from my stash this week, but I'll
>> see what I can find at the beginning of next week - ping me on
>> as a reminder and I'll see what I can lay my hands on...
>> In exchange, I'll only ask for actual shipping from NJ and why you are so
>> interested in the SS/20 in particular.
> Heh...well, the reason is that, when I was working my first SA job, we
> got a couple of then-brand-new SS20s (dual SM51s), and I was one of
> the admins who managed them.  When we unpacked them, we discovered
> that the machines were accidentally ordered with 512mb RAM, each,
> rather than 512mb across all of the machines.  IIRC, at the time, it
> was ~$20,000 worth of RAM!
> Anyway, the machines were extremely fast, and very reliable, over
> their lifetime.  So, I remember them very fondly.
> This particular SS20, I have owned since 1999.  It's served me well in
> a variety of roles, and been loaned to a friend, and recently
> returned.  It deserves to be upgraded to the max, before parts are no
> longer available.
> - Alex
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