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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got one 280 (2 x US III 1.2, 4GB, 2x73GB FC-AL) and two 240s (2x US IIIi 1.4(?), 4GB, 2x73GB)

Going to get a SunBlade 2000 going very soon (wooo, graphics!!)
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2010 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got an Ultra Enterprise-2 w/ a pair of 300 MHz blackbirds. It's got 2GB of RAM plus some UltraSCSI-3 SCA disks in it. Also has Creator3D FFB SBUS graphic adapter in it. I just wish this machine was as quick as my old P4 laptop...
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

alexbuell wrote:
I've got an Ultra Enterprise-2 w/ a pair of 300 MHz blackbirds. It's got 2GB of RAM plus some UltraSCSI-3 SCA disks in it. Also has Creator3D FFB SBUS graphic adapter in it. I just wish this machine was as quick as my old P4 laptop...


Today, I collected a Sunblade 2000 and an Sun Ultra-60. I'm currently setting up the 'blade.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 2:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems everyone has older sparc machines, where are the new ones at? Too expensive probably. I have a SunFire V100

SunFire v100 Server
UltraSPARC IIe - 500 MHz
1GB Memory
2 x 40GB Seagate Hard Drives 7200 RPM
Use serial cable (no monitor)
Solaris 10 update 7

It's currently my media server. I have about 50GB of stuff on it so if something happens to it, I'm not gonna be too happy. :)
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

austinramsay wrote:
Seems everyone has older sparc machines, where are the new ones at? Too expensive probably. I have a SunFire V100

SunFire v100 Server
UltraSPARC IIe - 500 MHz
1GB Memory
2 x 40GB Seagate Hard Drives 7200 RPM
Use serial cable (no monitor)
Solaris 10 update 7

It's currently my media server. I have about 50GB of stuff on it so if something happens to it, I'm not gonna be too happy. :)


You have a pair of disks. I'd strongly recommend turning them into a RAID10 disk, so that if one disk fails, you can swap it out for a replacement.
I like RAID disks a lot. I recently had to "hot-swap" a FC-AL disk as it was running a bit too slow, needed absolutely no down-time at all, just removed it from the array, removed it from the host adapter and then put in the other disk, registered it and it all worked, at the same time I was running two different emerges. SPARC64 rules, if it's a fast one like mine.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

austinramsay wrote:
Seems everyone has older sparc machines, where are the new ones at?


As it happens, they don't do SPARC64 workstations any more, more's the pity. Sun^WOracle prefer AMD64 as workstation platforms.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2010 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sun Ultra5

UltraSparc IIi (Sabre) 400
512MB 50ns
Sun Quad FastEthernet
PCI USB2.0 Nec
SYM22801 Dual Channel Controller (LSIU40SE)
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sun Fire v100 (500 Mhz UltraSPARC IIe 'Hummingbird' with 1 Gb RAM on board)
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 1:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just got a sunfire v880 with 4 sparc III+ ch (cheetah) cpu's, 8 gig ram, 6 fibrechannel hdd's with 36 gig each and one scsi disc with 18 gig for the operating system
i've installed gentoo on it (sparc 64 2.6.36-gentoo-r5)
this was a hell of a work :-)
maybe i'll expand this machine to 8 ultrasparc III cpu's and 16 gig ram (when there is a good offer on ebay and when i've got enough money )
my lovely small ;-) device got the nickname "sonnenfeuer" wich is german for sunfire
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had a Netra X1 kicking around for ages. It was never working when I got it, so I kind of neglected it. I've been having some difficulties setting up some other 1U random boxes I've got laying around as a firewall / gateway, when I stumbled across this little wonder again. Of course, upon powering it up for the first time in ages, it booted the old Solaris 5.8 OS without difficulties. I couldn't get it to boot Solaris for the life of me when I got it years ago.

Anyhow after finding one guide thanks to google which assisted in cd booting the Netra X1, I was introduced to installing Gentoo over a Serial Terminal (the Lights Out Management port). Interesting experience, but I must say, much easier than I thought. It was a bit of a hassle, as the serial terminal appeared to timeout after a certain point of inactivity, causing me to have to re-start from where I left off, but once I got the base system installed with SSH, it's been a breeze. I must say after all the problems I've had with other x86 servers, it was very relieving to use this older hardware and have it work almost flawlessly so far.

Now it is definitely slow at compiling things. I'm updating the system now, then proceeding with the necessary services like dhcp and iptables, but it's probably going to take a few more hours for that to finish. I've been looking for ways to speed things up, but haven't had much luck yet. Other than that, it seems to be running great.

Linux 2.6.37-gentoo-r4 sparc64 sun4u TI UltraSparc IIe (Hummingbird) @ 400MHz
1024MB PC133 ECC RAM
2x 20GB Seagate ATA-133
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am using two Sun Blade 1500 each box equipped with 2G ram and two disks of 120G, graphic card is xvr-100, but later I will give the xvr-600 a try.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

any daily user? ( Workstation )

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

E4500 has recently been dug out of retirement and now runs as a mail server, print server (cups), router, wireless AP, media repository and distcc offload using the wonderful crossdev.

4x UltraSPARC IIi 400Mhz
8GB RAM
2x PCI I/O boards with: VIA USB2 PCI, Silicon Image 3124 SATA 3Gbps PCI-X, Atheros AR5001X+ (says lspci.. its some cisco-badged 802.11abg board), quad Tulip 100M ethernet PCI-X
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2011 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Crimjob:

Actually, if you need replacements or upgrades for your SPARCs, I can look around my warehouse to see if I have some of the parts. I have quite a bit of random Sun stuff stored back there.

*Sees the bunch of Sun Ray 100 Clients. :?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2011 7:55 am    Post subject: SunBlade 2000 Reply with quote

I finally got Gentoo working on a SPARC again, after a long time (2 years?). The Sunblade 150 I was using before died of old age.

SunBlade 2000
2 x UltraSPARC III+ (Cheetah+) 1.2GHz
8GB RAM
2x146GB 15K rpm FC-AL drives
XVR-1200 (may not be functional. Just using a serial console at the moment)

It used to have OpenSolaris on it, until the original drive died. It was a lot of work getting this running again. I had to find some drives, and they were formatted with 520-byte sectors when I got them. I'm guessing they were Clariion vault drives originally.

I have no idea what I'm going to use this for at the moment... right now it's compiling a few hundred things, if it survives that burn in process I'll figure something out.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2x Sun Fire V240:

Code:
> cat /proc/cpuinfo
cpu             : TI UltraSparc IIIi (Jalapeno)
fpu             : UltraSparc IIIi integrated FPU
pmu             : ultra3i
prom            : OBP 4.11.4 2003/07/23 08:04
type            : sun4u
ncpus probed    : 2
ncpus active    : 2
D$ parity tl1   : 0
I$ parity tl1   : 0
Cpu0ClkTck      : 000000003bb94e80
Cpu1ClkTck      : 000000003bb94e80
MMU Type        : Cheetah+
State:
CPU0:           online
CPU1:           online
Code:
> cat /proc/meminfo | head -n 1
MemTotal:        8310192 kB
Code:
> lsscsi
[0:0:0:0]    disk    SEAGATE  ST373207LSUN72G  065A  /dev/sda
[0:0:1:0]    disk    SEAGATE  ST373207LSUN72G  045A  /dev/sdb
[0:0:2:0]    disk    SEAGATE  ST373207LSUN72G  045A  /dev/sdc
[0:0:3:0]    disk    SEAGATE  ST373207LSUN72G  045A  /dev/sdd
[2:0:0:0]    cd/dvd  TEAC     DV-28E-C         1.4B  /dev/sr0
Code:
> /usr/sbin/lspci
0000:00:02.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5704 Gigabit Ethernet
0000:00:02.1 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5704 Gigabit Ethernet
0001:00:03.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon RV100 QY [Radeon 7000/VE]
0001:00:06.0 Non-VGA unclassified device: ALi Corporation M7101 Power Management Controller [PMU]
0001:00:07.0 ISA bridge: ALi Corporation M1533/M1535/M1543 PCI to ISA Bridge [Aladdin IV/V/V+]
0001:00:0a.0 USB Controller: ALi Corporation USB 1.1 Controller (rev 03)
0001:00:0d.0 IDE interface: ALi Corporation M5229 IDE (rev c4)
0002:00:02.0 SCSI storage controller: LSI Logic / Symbios Logic 53c1010 66MHz  Ultra3 SCSI Adapter (rev 01)
0002:00:02.1 SCSI storage controller: LSI Logic / Symbios Logic 53c1010 66MHz  Ultra3 SCSI Adapter (rev 01)
0003:00:02.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5704 Gigabit Ethernet
0003:00:02.1 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5704 Gigabit Ethernet


Unfortunaltey they're too loud to run regularly at home :)
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to have an UltraSparc 10 with a Sun 20" monitor, but after the monitor broke down, I used the machine less and less, one of the reasons was the broken IDE and I used nfs mounts as it was faster, used distcc to compile things (back in those days distcc was run no matter if a package could be built with it or not, so you needed to disable distcc manually). During my last move, I had to ditch quite a lot of old computer stuff, sadly the Sparc was among those things, I really hope that one of the university student noticed the machine and took it.

I still have my hard drive with Sparc Gentoo installed, have been thinking of running a qemu instance, but I suspect the kernel I have will not work in qemu.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 2:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a v880 with 2x 750ghz cpus, 4gb RAM and a 66gb fibrechannel hard drive.

Doing a fresh install on it now. I don't know exactly what I want to do with it though. It does help heat my house. It makes my office sound like an airport.

Not many web browsers actually build or run on these things, so a workstation is out.

I really wish I had something better than the pgx64 graphics card. Hopefully I'll run across a better option.

But despite the battle, it's a really cool machine. Amazing build quality. Very stable hardware also.

Even in modern times this would make an excellent SQL backend server, or even a very reliable webserver.
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