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I'm not particularly expert in this area ... but ...
(1) Do you have a proper sun keyboard ... and if so watch carefully for any light blonks as it boots.
(2) Try attaching a serial cabl (and removing the keyboard and monitor) ... the bad news is they are typically a strange pinout and it would cost you most than buying something 2nd hand that works that woulds ... eg a blade 150 .. and that might take more memory. No that blade 100/150's may be that reliable.
Proably a doorstop, but not as good a one as an IPC Lucnhbox.
I do have a sun keyboard. I located a pci video card. But as I do not know how to disable the on board one, this was inaffective. I am using a very old non SUN monitor. I do have a Sun monitor, but it is not at this location. I may go get it to see if that makes a difference.
On power up the lights on the keyboard do flash for a moment and then turn off. This seems quite normal. I do not currently have a null modem cable.
I am not sure if I would remember what to do with it if I did.
I guess this is still worth trying to fix if possible. I can't complain about the price. Free. And the dell poweredge 2950 I also picked up works fine.
A bit much for a desktop though.
Any additional suggestions are welcome
Edited by: user1558594 on Apr 29, 2012 2:00 AM
Here is the link to the Ultra5/Ultra10 system documentation:
(they are the same system, just the outer shell of the chassis is different)
Additionally, if you search the Workstation forum for keywords `defaulkt resolution`you'll get some guidance on how to manipulate your video output.
I hope your scrounging of that data center also got you copies of older Solaris media.
An Ultra 5 is of such a vintage that even Solaris 9 ran sluggish on it. I wouldn't dream of trying Solaris 10 on it. Solaaris 8 would be the best fit.
Yes, it's a doorstop, but playing with it for the sake of learning would be great fun.
The default frequencies mean not all monitors would work with a sun.
In general from memory a hp l1906 or similar (ideally later). will work out of the box though.
I seem to recall the default is 1152 x 900 .... its worth checking if the monitor you are trying to use has this as one of its defaults presets. (Though maybe 1280-1024 might work accorrding to links Rukbat provided).
Unless the PCI card you have installed is known to be a recognised sun compatible card you might be best to remove it.
Hmmm .... i remember a sun engineer taking about 6 hours to do a HDD swap on one of these ..... though he did give us a flash at the same time. It's the same motherboard as an ultra 10 but any ram has to be a lower height.
If all else fails a null modem cable might help.
That said, IMHO if you are doing it for learning a second hand dell 755 ideally with a 6x50 processor and with 2GB or more allow you to practice on Solaris 11 .... possibly with less hassle, more speed and more capability.