[rescue] running an SCSI2SD on a SPARCstation10

john jferg977 at aol.com
Thu Aug 29 14:24:44 CDT 2019


I've been running a SPARC 10 on a SCSI2SD adapter for a few years now, 
and successfully. It produces much less heat than the mechanical drives. 
I leave it on all the time. I have 4 2.1 gig drives emulated(?) on it.

I run Ghostscript 6.01 on it so that the attached SPARCprinter I will 
print most things sent to it, but unfortunately not everything.???? I had 
been compiling with GCC which was a bit of a bear to get running on 
SunOS 4.1.4 but eventually did and had no problem compiling a workable 
Ghostscript 6.01

But it wouldn't print everything and particularly with a few PDF formats 
it would run the necessary paper through the machine without any printing.

So about a year ago I was advised to bring the Ghostscript up to 7.##. 
The code wouldn't compile on the GCC I had so I needed to install a 
later release, and after a whole lot of screwing around I got that to 
work, I think I was able to make the 7.## code, but it wouldn't install 

It did install enough to mess up my existing installation.?? Now the 
image on each page in sequence climbs about 3/32 of an inch and moves 
over 3/32 so after four or five pages the image starts to run off the sheet.

Obviously I need to restore a pre-change dump which I have.

But I wanted to remove the micro-sd from the adapter and restore to 
another chip.

So here's the question.?? I cannot remember what I had to do to establish 
4 pseudo drives on a 10 gig chip. Do I just need to put the chip in the 
adapter and use the format part of the SunOS 4.1.4 to format and 
partition each of the four 2.1 gig drives, or does the MicroSD require 
some setup done on a more modern machine?

Where should I look for this guidance?

At 76, it gets harder and harder to remember how I did something 3 or 4 
years ago.

best regards,

john ferguson

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