"Let's quickly install NetBSD on this Sparc box..."
2 hours later:
...why two hours?
Not finding a rewritable CD. End up using a standard CD-RW. Where are those anyway?
Find cables, terminator, power supply.
SCSI2SD has the wrong SD card. Is there anything worth saving on the other one?
Wrong CDROM drive, find the one with 512b sector support.
No, it really won't boot a CD from a SCSI ID other than 6.
Reconfigure SCSI2SD and CDROM drive (there's also a disk in the system with an OPENSTEP installation that I don't want to swap out).
@galaxis Wow, that brings back memories. I ran Solaris 7 on my little SS5, figuring "if I'm gonna boot this thing, let's see what it's like in on the software it was made for."
@tek I have a small selection of Sparcstation (all of which haven't been powered on in quite some time)...
@galaxis Very frustrating, those things. I cracked the one in my Ultra 5 open and soldered a CR2032 holder in last year. It's been working well.
@mike Yeah, had someone do that for me with the other two Sparcstations during a retrocomputing meet some time ago: https://mastodon.infra.de/@galaxis/101008083444351320
Nowadays I have the tools to do the modification myself, but I'd really need a handful of those NVRAM things to learn how to do it properly...
@galaxis I just dived right in with the confidence of someone knowing they can't possibly make the situation worse, heh.
Wasn't too difficult at all with some reference pics so you know what to look for in there.
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