[rescue] sun software repository ??
mike.spooner.ux at gmail.com
Fri Dec 29 13:45:52 CST 2017
On 29 December 2017 at 09:35:09 -500, john <jferg977 at aol.com> wrote:
> Subject: [rescue] sun software repository ??
> Second question: Sun made 100baseT Sbus cards.B They look interesting
> and are available for cheap but require SunFastEthernet 1.1 software if
> one expects the thing to work. Googling doesn't produce much hope of
> finding it.B Any ideas there?
SunFastEtherNet 1.x is first-generation Sun 100MB/sec hardware, in one form:
1. X1056A "BigMac" card
This uses the "be" device-driver which is built-in to Solaris 2.4, 2.5,
2.5.1 and 2.6.
For Solaris 4.1.3, 4.1.3u1, 4.1.4 and Solaris 2.3 HW 5/95, the
SunFastEthernet Software 1.1 CD is needed. Other SunOS and Solaris versions
are *not supported*.
The "BigMac" can only do half-duplex, thus can be difficult to make work
with some modern switches. It was also notoriously buggy at the
hardware/register level, requiring the (unbundled) device-driver software
to perform considerable contortions just to make the thing work at least
SunFastEthernet 2.x is a 2nd-generation Sun 100MB/sec hardware, in two
forms, both based on the "HappyMealEthernet" controller core:
1. X1059A "Colossus-Lite" card
2. X1018A "Colossus" card, formally known as SunSwift adaptor. This
also provides an external 20Mb/sec Fast_Wide-SCSI port.
Both of these use the "hme" device-driver which is built-in to Solaris 2.5
11/95 through Solaris 9. For SunOS 4.1.3u1 through Solaris 2.4, you need
the SunFastEthernet Software 2.1 CD.
The HappyMeal is much less buggy than BigMac, and can do full-duplex.
However, you still sometimes need to *force* duplex mode either in OpenBOOT
or at the O/S level, rather than letting it auto-negotiate
half-/full-duplex when connecting to some particular switches; it always
negotiates speed correctly, but the IEEE specs for autonegotiation of
full-/half-duplex were not quite as 100% unambiguous as could have been
hoped, and some manufacturers had different opinions about how to interpret
the duplex-negotiation specs (hint: Sun were probably overly liberal in
*** I have an original SunFastEthernet 2.1 Software CD *** (original Sun
package purchased in 1996), which I could turn into a downloadable ISO
file, if you so wish.
Based on having to live with both "be" and "hme" for quite a while, on both
my SPARCstation-10s, as well as an SS-20 and SS-1000E, I strongly recommend
you try to get an "hme" card, either X1018A SunSwift or X1059A
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