Fwd: [rescue] Sun2/120 SunOS 3.2 suntools movie (was: advise on Sun2 disk install)

Liam Proven lproven at gmail.com
Wed Dec 5 05:59:35 CST 2018

I thought folk might enjoy this short-ish (~12min) Youtube video
showing startup of arguably the first ever Sun workstation, from a
contemporaneous SunOS... I did.

Permission obtained before x-posting, naturally.

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---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Walter Belgers <walter+rescue at belgers.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2018 at 12:34
Subject: Re: [rescue] Sun2/120 SunOS 3.2 suntools movie (was: advise
on Sun2 disk install)
To: The Rescue List <rescue at sunhelp.org>


Another update in case you are interested:

I rescued a keyboard and mouse to go with the Sun2. I also installed SunOS 3.2
on disk. I took a different route: I installed FreeBSD, installed tme on top
of that and using the information at
<http://www.heeltoe.com/index.php?n=Retro.Sun2> and
<http://typewritten.org/Projects/Sun/8-4841.html> I installed SunOS 3.2 from
virtual tapes onto a virtual harddrive. I then copied the virtual drive to a
real drive and hooked it up. I could then boot SunOS 3.2!

I then took the one TTL monitor I have (for the 2/50) and hooked it up to a
bwtwo. At first it did not work, apparently it must be in a specific slot. I
added 1MB as well, so the cage is fully populated. That extra MB is used by
the btwo. The monitor still worked and I was able to run the graphical
windowing system.

I had the system on the internet for a couple of hours yesterday, some people
logged in remotely and it still felt surprisingly fast. Only when you start
hammering the disk it is slow (SCSI-1 is slower than ESDI drives I read).

I made a movie of the box, it can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/CoAYs0Uc7As

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