[rescue] Sun Enterprise 3500- FC-AL drives not recognized

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Tue Sep 12 20:07:56 CDT 2017

  They're wonderful machines.

  On mine, I used a short (1m) SC-SC fiber jumper going from the FC HBA
over to one of the chassis' FC connectors on the back of the machine.  I
no longer have that system, unfortunately.

  Oh wait, I just remembered that I got another one (there are a LOT of
machines here..) a few months ago, and there's some fiber dangling back
there.  It's over in the other building, I'll head over there tonight
and photodocument it if you haven't figured it out by then.


On 09/12/2017 08:57 PM, PhreakShow Telephone Company wrote:
> So what exactly do i need to get?   ive never worked with FC-AL drives before.
> Thanks again guys.  I cant wait to get this beast operational.
> On Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 8:50 PM, Dave McGuire <mcguire at neurotica.com> wrote:
>> On 09/12/2017 08:45 PM, Carl R. Friend wrote:
>>>> I got my first Sun Enterprise 3500 at Vintage computer festival midwest.
>>>> I got it home.  got it put together.   Connected up a trusty old VT220
>>>> and was able to get to the firmware.   The 8 FC-AL disks installed
>>>> arent recognized.    Boots off a CD-ROM fine.
>>>>> From what i can tell it requires GBIC Controllers in the disk
>>>> controller card on the machine.
>>>    It's been a few years since I've seen one, but I seem to recall
>>> that there needed to be a fibre-cable between at least one of the
>>> SOCAL controllers and a jack in either the leftmost or rightmost
>>> "slot" in the back so it could talk to the drives (even though
>>> they're internal).
>>   This is absolutely it, I remember this from my E3500.
>>              -Dave
>> --
>> Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
>> New Kensington, PA
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Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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