Sparcstation 1+


I have just aquired a sparc 1+.  Whilst I know quite a lot about PCs running Linux and Solaris, I have no idea about Sun hardware.

The machine currently has 28MB RAM and a 230MB SCSI 2 Disk.  No floppy drive or CDROM.

When I try to boot the machine, it does a small amount of stuff, but stops as it tries to bind to the yellow pages server, but can't as I haven't got a network tranceiver and don't have yp running on my network server anyway.

I have a copy of Solaris 7 for Sparc, and according to Sun's website, it will run on a sparc 1.  However, they state minimum system requirements as 32MB RAM.  Does this mean it will be very very slow on 28MB RAM (I know it is a slow computer anyway...) or does it mean it will not run at all on 28MB RAM?

In bios (which I'm very impressed with comapred to PC bios by the way...) I have looked at the boot options and there is no 'boot cdrom' option listed.  If I put in a SCSI CDROM drive, will I be able to install Solaris from it?

If not, how do I get Solaris onto this machine?  
Am I better off running an older version of SunOS if I can get hold of it?

Any ideas welcome.  If I can get a network tranceiver, how easy would it be to install over the network from a Linux box?  Can I set a Linux box up to be a Sun installation server?

Sorry to ask so many questions in one go, but I suppose to anyone which experience of Sun hardware, they are pretty easy.

Many thanks,

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djveConnect With a Mentor Commented:
If you don't know the root password or can't get
someone to set it for you there is onely the option mentioned by ahoffmann with some changes.

FYI : Sparcs have EEPROMs.

Find a SCSI CD-ROM, look up the manufacture and make sure its set to 512kb block size and not 2Mb. Most are set to 2Mb by default and SunOS does not recognise it for a boot device.

Set the CD-ROM to SCSI ID 6.

Install the CD onto any available SCSI chain where
it wont clash on the ID.

Either install a new system or ...

Issue "boot -s cd-rom" and when you get a chance to finally interact with the system click on the background and bring up a terminal window. From here "cd /tmp".  Look at /dev/dsk and find the root device. to do this make a directory in /tmp and mount each of the partitions onto it until you find the files /tmp/etc/shadow. This will allow you to remove root's password.

Then find /tmp/yp and remove the files in it.
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1. boot -s  will boot into single user mode where you can switch off NIS
2. adding a network interface is simple, just plug, reboot and configure with ipconfig
3. BIOS on SPARC is completely different to PC (i386) BIOS
4. AFAIK 28MB are to few for Solaris 7
5. pluging a SCSI device (CDROM or whatever should be easy), you also can boot from it
paulmitchAuthor Commented:
Oh yeah, did I mention I don't know the root password!  The machine was given to me (it was going to be chucked out, and I was told nothing about it.)

Thanks for the help so far.

there was a trick to reset the password in NVRAM, somehow, sorry forgot how ...
paulmitchAuthor Commented:

I got it running with a clean install.  I did:

boot sd(0,6,0)

with the correct block size on my scsi cdrom drive.

Happy Christmas,

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