[rescue] More basement cleaning
cheetah at tanabi.org
Fri Jan 23 09:02:34 CST 2015
I've had several of these cards over the years as well. The software
came on a CD that came with the card, or you could download it for
free. Chances are, somebody out there still has one of these CD's,
but sadly I do not.
There's no open source interface for them and I looked pretty
extensively a couple years ago (so I guess that could have changed,
but I doubt it); Sun never released the code, and I guess nobody cared
enough to reverse engineer how these work.
Personally, I think there's a lot of potentially cool applications for
a big stack of SunPCi cards even though they're kind of old. I used
to use them for Windows hosting in applications that we'd now use VMs
On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 9:47 AM, J. Alexander Jacocks
<jjacocks at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 7:42 AM, John Carr <jcarr at poethecat.com> wrote:
>> On 01/23/2015 05:09 AM, Malte Dehling wrote:
>>> On Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 9:13 PM, John Carr <jcarr at poethecat.com> wrote:
>>> Do you have the SunPC software for this? I see these cards show up from
>>> time to time, but have never been able to find the software. AFAIK no
>>> open-source solutions exist.
>> Unfortunately, I don't, and I don't remember any more how the software was
>> delivered. Was it on a Solstice CD or did it come with the card, itself? I
>> don't think I've used one of these since about '97 or '98 (and did find out
>> that it could run Win95, but it wasn't pretty or fast). I don't remember
>> how I got it working with Solaris anymore.
> The software used to be freely downloadable from Sun. I dunno where it
> went (probably the bit bucket), when Oracle bought them out. I do see that
> the documentation is still available from Oracle (links on the SunPCi
> Wikipedia page), so that might help. Rumor has it that the software now
> requires an active service contract to download.
> I had, and used, a number of versions of the SunPCi card (SunPCi, SunPCi
> II, SunPCI IIpro), for years, to do my Windows-required work, from my
> CycleQuad and Ultra 60/80 workstations. It was a pretty decent solution
> for folks, like me, who only needed Windows for Outlook.
> - Alex
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