db9 requirements

David Brownlee abs at absd.org
Sun Jul 9 05:35:52 CDT 2017


On 6 July 2017 at 23:39, Henry Bond <henry.bnd at gmail.com> wrote:



> [image of back of sparc]
> I believe I have a graphics output device, preliminary ebay searches find
> the sun video to vga-dsub hard to come by, at least for the UK. Maybe an
> original monitor? Happy to take suggestions :)
>

Ahh yes. I'm going to guess cg3 (basic 8 bit framebuffer) from that angle :)

Looks like Sun 13W3 to VGA adaptors are around £20 inc shipping from the
states, though obviously suns are very nice on serial console if you don't
have the space for random monitors.


> Also hard drives appear to be a rare commedity that have the appropriate
> connections and are internal and in a functional state.
>

Wow, they really have gone up (just looked at eBay). Other options include
a 50pin to modern SCSI adaptor or even something like
http://www.codesrc.com/mediawiki/index.php?title=SCSI2SD

Of course Sun's work really well netbooted if you have some other random
box to provide rarp, dhcp & nfs (add in bootparams for older OSs). A very
long time ago I was running a public access cluster and happened to be on a
different continent for a couple of years. Some of the suns had rather
dodgy disks which would crap out and need a reformat to get back. It was
quite nice to be able to netboot, then run a script to reformat, install
and reboot back into service from nine timezones away :)

David


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