John R Pierce
pierce at hogranch.com
Wed Dec 30 00:24:48 UTC 2009
Peter A wrote:
> 5 will run solaris 10 with a few initial issues. You may have to install 8 or
> 9 first and then do a firmware upgrade to get 10 to boot for installation. Also,
> 512MB max will restrict you in what you can do. ZfS boot is possible but slow
> and in general use, you want to reduce the size of zfs caches.
> Finally, depending on the graphics card, you may not be able to get a
> graphical login. But since you said your son wants to do cli f and knows all
> the commands already, that wouldn't be such a big issue.
indeed, since it has one slow IDE disk and 512MB max, I would likely
just format it as one big UFS root, and a gig or two of swap/tmpfs ...
I would not use ZFS on that machine.
If you do go the scsi controller route, and get two scsi disks, make one
OH, and I just remembered. the Ultra 10 uses the same memory board, but
has a little more room in the chassis, and supports 4 x 256MB tall dimms
of the right type, for 1GB. you can get away with this in hte U5 by
hacking a bit on the inside. catch is, the low profile 256MB modules
that fit the U5 are kinda expensive,
http://www.memoryxsun.com/mx7039al.html (2 of these kits).
oh, same vendor cheaper on ebay:
these tall ones will require a bit of kit bashing to fit,
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