Subject: Re: Anyone running a Sparc5/170 ??
To: Michael J. Miller Jr. <>
From: Neil J. McRae <>
List: port-sparc
Date: 07/01/1997 09:18:02
On Mon, 30 Jun 1997 19:19:30 -0700 (PDT) 
 "Michael J. Miller Jr." <> wrote:

> The question is, how does it work?  I can see two possibilities.  First,
> they switch into an emulation mode automatically.  If this is the case,
> then both Sparc Linux and NetBSD should boot fine, and neither does.  The
> second is that there is code in the boot PROM that looks at the boot block
> and switches on the emulation mode if it sees an OS such as 4.1.4 that
> it knows does not support the TurboSPARC.  This seems a bit convoluted
> to me.

"Convoluted" from Sun - SURELY NOT! :-)

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