Subject: Re: New to the club...
To: David Woyciesjes <>
From: NetBSD Bob <>
List: port-sparc
Date: 06/15/2001 15:46:28
> Hello all -
> 	Some may recognize me from the Alpha or Vax ports...
> Anyway, I just recieved 2 SPARCStation 1+ boxes, a SPARCStation 2, and I'm
> awaiting delivery on a SPARCStation LX. Aside from the info I've collected
> from (below) and on NetBSD's site, what else can you guys tell
> me about these boxes?

The LX is the fastest box, so probably concentrate on that first.

The SS2 is the second fastest.  Combine all the best ram/drives/bits
out of the SS1's into the SS2.  I did that on mine, and it runs
relatively well on 64mb ram and a pair of internal HD's and floppy.
Use low power HD's if you have them, since heat can be a problem on
any of the SS1/SS2 crates.  The sleds out of the SS1 should work in
the SS2, if you remove the bottom screen (too thick).

The SS1's are slow, but even those can be usable for some things
that don't require speed, like webservers or ftpservers or bootservers.

Pick and choose the best nvram chips and use those.

I have used these as small webservers and they do fine for that mode.
As a browserbox, they tend to be slow, slow, slow, slow, slow.......
The LX will run Solaris 8, if you have a need.  Put as much ram in it
as you can (96 or 128mb), or it will be slower still.

Good Luck.