Subject: Re: SPARCstation 2 boot options
To: Andy Ball <>
From: Andy Ruhl <>
List: port-sparc
Date: 01/31/2002 18:06:03
On Thu, 31 Jan 2002, Andy Ball wrote:

> This may be a silly question, but if I boot into the serial
> console, what would I type to ask it to boot from the
> diskette drive?

Oh jeez, I don't know. Mine came with a cgsix framebuffer and 17" monitor
(had to throw in an extra six pack for the montitor). So the whole thing
cost me 2 six packs. I don't know if the NetBSD install supports the
serial console or not...

> It won't be, if the price is too high I won't buy it.

I remember some SS2's with minimal extras sold for under $10 on ebay once.
Those things are a whopping 40mhz you know! My SS1 is only 20... The
slowest machine on my block no doubt.

> I'm guessing the only adaptor I might need straight away
> would be a 10baseT transceiver if the ethernet port is AUI,
> as I think it was on many of the Sun 3 systems.

But that's a sun4 isn't it? I bought that AUI to RJ45 transceiver, cost me

> I'll also need to dig up a hard disk, and may need to invest
> in a drive sled, short SCSI and power cable, all of which I
> can get fairly inexpensively from They seem
> to suggest that the SPARCstation 2 uses 3.5" 'narrow SCSI
> drives', which I take to mean 8-bit, single-ended, 5 or
> perhaps 10MHz SCSI.

Don't know what yours is. Mine is 8 bit single ended narrow. It can fit 2
drives. There are 2 50 pin connectors on the motherboard, but they are
both on the same bus which is kinda wacky (from what I know about scsi).

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