[rescue] Need help in booting Sun 2/50

David Brownlee abs at absd.org
Fri Jun 28 17:51:02 CDT 2013

On 28 June 2013 17:28, Michael Ng <michaelng0623 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi David,
> Thanks for your feedback, I just took out the boards for photos and there is
> a SCSI board attached which is not from Sun anyway, I think I will do two
> ways, one is to resolder the connector and another is like you said boot
> from another box, BUT, can you give idea on how to install set up such host
> and connect to the Sun 2/50? it seems there is no Sun documentation on SunOS
> 3.X or 4.X online. I also don't have keyboard and mouse for the Sun 3 and it
> seems I can only try to make an adapter to connect the Sun 2 keyboard to
> CPU..
> I have 5 x SunOS 3.5 tape and 2x 4.0.3 domestic 68030 boot format 1/4"
> tapes. I also have a Televideo 925 as a dumb terminal. I currently have a
> Sun 3/60 (but dont have the keyboard and mouse but it passes self test) and
> a working Sparc Voyager..

Do you have the 3/60 working on a serial console?

Setting up another box to netboot the sun3 should be 'relatively' [*]
easy - just need a rarpd & tftpd server, then bootparams or dhcpd
[depending on bootloader] and nfs.

The sun2 needs a nd (network disk) server instead of tftpd - I don't
know if a version exists for Solaris (I'm afraid my sparcs don't run
Solaris :), but if it does the procedure should be pretty similar.
What are you running on your Voyager?

[*] I'm a huge fan of netbooting boxes, so I could be biased. I've
only netbooted sun3 & sparc boxes, so there could well be unexpected
fun with the sun2, but I'm sure there are people on the list who can
chime in if you hit issues :)

The NetBSD netboot http://www.netbsd.org/docs/network/netboot/ docs
cover setting up a server to boot a sun2 or sun3 into NetBSD, but the
server side should be pretty much the same for netbooting SunOS (Just
use the SunOS boot blocks and extract a SunOS disk image into the NFS

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