Subject: RE: new to sparcs
To: None <email@example.com>
From: Tim Rightnour <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 06/17/1998 06:41:40
On 17-Jun-98 email@example.com spoke unto us all:
# does an ss1+ have a built in frame buffer or would i have to buy one of those
# as well?
No.. you can find a cgthree card pretty cheap these days, but if you want
decent performance go with a cg6. Its a *really* nice card, and its actually
speedy.. Faster video than a P-150 with a generic PCI 1MB VGA. I *really* like
my sparc1 as an xterm.. its nice. Just be careful.. the monitor cables for a
sparc are outrageoulsy expensive. (50-100 bux!!)
# 1. what are the chances of getting an ss1+ on a 100baseTX network? do i need
# an SBus card? any idea on how much this would cost me?
You can.. don't bother. They are outrageously expensive, and the ss1's cant
handle the speed. I can get le0 buffer overflows on my sparc1 by just remote
displaying netscape and loading a graphical page via a 28.8.
# 2. what about having an ss1 as a gateway box with ipf and ipnat. it has one
# 10 mbit connection but can i add another? via an SBus slot? how much would
# another 10 mbit adapter cost me?
See the above. netbsd has demonicly fast tcp on the sparc. (my sparc 1 gets
1000Kb/s on ttcp tests, which is on par with my P-150 w/ PCI ethernet.) But the
cpu of the sparc has some trouble keeping up. I'm not sure if it was just
forwarding packets if it could. It would be worth a try.. but remember.. I've
seen 10baseT cards for the SBUS as high as 150 bux. Not worth the money IMHO.
# 3. any stability problems with netbsd on ss1+'s?
My sparcs are rock solid.
# 4. i assume that it has a fast narrow scsi-2 adapter with it. what about
# using external scsi disks? any way to use a wide or ultra disk with an ss1?
I used a 4 gig seagate HAWK on mine externally for awhile with no problems at
all. it was pretty quick.
Tim Rightnour - firstname.lastname@example.org