[rescue] Fast Ethernet with a Sparc Classic

Kurt M. Nowak kurt.m.nowak at gmail.com
Sat Jun 1 00:00:53 CDT 2013

On 5/31/2013 6:25 PM, Mouse wrote:
>>> 1) can an SS Classic even take a quad fast ethernet sbus card?
>> if it has an sbus slot, i'd say yes.
> I'd say maybe.  I've seen cards work in one machine and not in another
> because one machine firmware version is prepared to handle them but the
> other isn't.
> Whether a Classic _can_ have firmware old enough to fail to handle a
> qfe - or new enough to handle it, as the case may be - I don't know.
Yeah, that's what I was thinking too. sunstuff.org says that the 
501-5443 is "compatible with any Sparc SBUS system, but I find that hard 
to believe that it would work on a sun4c. I figured since a classic is a 
4m, there might be a chance it'll work.
>> isn't the qfe just 4 hmes?  that's what the onboard ethernet is.
> On the Classic?  Are you sure?  I'm moderately sure all the lunchbox
> machines have only 10Mbit onboard.  (I'm in the middle of a move and
> most of my SPARCs are packed, or I'd fire one up and check.)
All lunch boxes have onboard 10BaseT Lance Ethernet.... So does my SS5, 
10, and 20.
> I think a qfe is 4 hmes, but it's 4 hmes in the same sbus slot, which
> the ROM code may not be prepared to handle.

Yes, the the qfe is just 4 happy meals...

Well if anyone has a qfe lying around they dont want anymore, id love to 
try it out....epay seems to have lots of them for pretty cheap too...
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