[rescue] SS10 Accessories
romain at dolbeau.org
Wed Nov 11 05:08:49 CST 2015
2015-11-11 10:43 GMT+01:00 Eddie Cottongim <eddie_cottongim at cox.net>:
> I'm putting together a Sparcstation 10 system. I always thought the
> hardware was well built, and figured it was getting close to now-or-never
> before stuff gets too hard to find. I'll probably put the latest supported
> flavor of Linux on it, maybe Debian 4.
Why not go full vintage and run Solaris 8 ? 7 is very old (no ipv6), 9
might be a bit heavyweight...
If you want a 'modern' OS, NetBSD 7 will run on it. Many missing packages
in pkgsrc for sparc32 however :-(
As for now-or-never - we're already a bit past that point over here in
continental Europe. It's become
near impossible to discover/salvage pre-PCI let alone pre-Ultra hardware :-(
> I have the basic system unit in working order, including a SM51 CPU, 1 gig
> hard drive, 2x16 meg memory, and a GX framebuffer.
For the disk drive, you might want to look into <
Haven't gotten around to buy one yet, but it's a simple way to connect a
lot easily interchangeable disk space
if you want to try more than one OS. I love that idea that it exists. Would
have loved it more cheaper, faster,
or both :-)
Things I'm looking to liberate/rescue:
> Keyboard, mouse
> Additional memory - 64 meg modules are nice
The SS20 modules will work, and more to the point, the U1, U2 & U60 will as
well (same modules, just faster,
not sure about the exact list of systems, sunstuff.org/sunhelp.org should
help). 64 megs are middle-range for the
Ultras, and so cheaper for some reason if you're willing to buy.
> Another SM51, or other CPU upgrades that might come along
SM61 might still be available for not-too-ridiculous-money. Low frequency
HyperSparc as well.
Everything faster seems to have been hoarded by collectors (us :-) and
specialist shops :-(
> TGX framebuffer
Go for a TGX+ if you can. It's much easier to connect to LCDs (the TGX+
will do 1280x1024
trivially for old cheap 5x4 17" LCDs, and can be convinced to output
1920x1080 that will
work on 16x9 22-24" LCDs). 1152x900 will be blurry on LCDs, you'll need a
> External CDROM
Don't bother. Slow and probably failing by now. Just use NFS for installing
data, it will be much easier (assuming you have at least one
on the same network).
> I've found many of these things available cheap, but thought I'd see if
anybody was dumping this kind of stuff before I go on an Ebay spree. They
do add up.
> would cover shipping within the US, and a little beer money for the
Well, if anyone as anything they want to dump in Europe I'm interested as
Cordially & good luck,
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