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Need Help - SS20 Solaris 9 - SX (cg14) Graphics

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So I know this is antique hardware, but I dusted off my SS20 recently and did a fresh install of Solaris 9.

The system is configured with 2 x 200Mhz Ross RT626 cpus, 448mb RAM and an 8mb VSIMM for the SX graphics.

My Solaris 9 media is the 2002 original media kit and I applied the latest 9_Recommended patch cluster. Also applied the mandatory Gnome 2.0 patches (for the Gnome distro on the Contrib CD) and a few others.

I've also installed a lot of stuff from the CSW archives from the /current tree.

Problems -

I'm playing around with various window managers and combinations of apps that works best on this beast. Try as I might I can't get many of the alternative window managers to fire up. I'm using the SX graphics obviously and experimenting with both 8 and 24bpp.

1. CDE - Works fine
2. fluxbox (from CSW) - Works fine
3. xfce4 (from CSW) - Starts but will eventually kill the Xserver and aborts back to the dtlogin screen
4. windowmaker (from CSW) - I can get it to start 1 out of 3 tries, but it quickly dies and aborts back to the dtlogin screen.
5. windowmaker (from Sol9 Contrib CD) - Same as 4.
6. enlightenment (from CSW) - Immediately dies and aborts back to dtlogin screen.
7. Gnome2 (from Sol9 Contrib CD) - Same as 3.

There really is no more information. No core files and the Xerrors file just shows something like Xsun:0.0 terminated unexpectedly.

So I'd really like to get some feedback from anyone who has or had a SS20 and SX graphics running Solaris 9 and how that all worked out. Is there some general instability in the SX graphics drivers that prevents some of the more modern window managers from working? Or maybe there is some obscure patch that I'm missing. The 9_Recommended included the big X11 (112785-65) patch so that should all be up to date.



  • 799949
    799949 Member Posts: 348
    I wish you lots of luck... very old subject, very old hardware... my ss20s have been storage for 4+years...

    you might see if you can find a sbus frame buffer, it might give better results than the onboard graphics and the vsimm... other than
    that, I can't be of much use... is a group of Sun fanboys (me included!!!!) that may shine some light on your visit to yesteryear...

    much luck and let us know what you find out!!!
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