[rescue] Spark10 CPU question

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Wed Dec 14 18:59:19 CST 2016

  I certainly wouldn't mind knowing what CAD software that is.  And I'd
mind even less getting ahold of a copy of it. =)


On 12/14/2016 01:52 PM, john ferguson wrote:
> HI Guys,
> this is sort of a reality check.
> I'm running an old (but great)  CAD program on an SS10 using SunOS
> 4.1.4.  I also have a SPARCPrinter 1, which also works and have compiled
> a 2006+/- flavor of Ghostscript to accept more modern versions of
> PostScript output and print them.  And, no, I didn't really know what I
> was doing, but in these circumstances I just kept pounding on it until
> it worked.  First get newest version of GCC to compile using Sun's C
> compiler, then incrementally bootstrap my way to most recent gcc which
> would compile, then work backwards on the ghostscript code til one worked.
> I was once a SunVAR which is why I have this stuff.  I could describe
> the rest of this setup and what I encountered in getting it out of
> storage after ten years, what worked and what didn't and what I did
> about it.  One thing for sure is do NOT waste money trying to get a Sony
> based CD drive to work.  I bought 2 before I took one apart and
> discovered the failed electrolytic capacitors. One I bought worked for
> three loads, then failed.  The other a little longer.  I replaced the
> drive itself with a panasonic which works fine and doesn't require those
> damned caddies.  somewhere on the web probably descended from usenet is
> a dissertation of cd drives to use with unix systems.  the advice is sound.
> to the question:
> My memory is that there is no benefit for multiple processors in 4.1.4,
> and it seems unlike the application I use the most would benefit either.
> Second question, is if you had this system, which CPU would you use? 
> Stability would be nice and higher performance than the base TI twin CPU
> I have now would be the goal.
> I'm assuming that I'll buy the recommended boar on-line.  and maybe a
> peppier frame-buffer.
> best,
> john
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Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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