Integrating an Ultra20M2

I decided to try integrate a Sun Ultra20M2 into my home network...my experiences have been somewhat varied over the course of this week, ranging from:

  • CPU fan wanted to continuously run at 4500RPM, all the time. This appeared to be solved by reloading the BIOS config from the "boot device" screen. Why, I don't know.
  • Doing "Save changes and reset" from the BIOS often seems to not reset the system properly. Doing a
    reboot
    while running Solaris seems to be equally as effective (screen goes black but is never reset properly.) Bug ID# 6539609
  • With only 512MB of RAM installed, you cannot install Solaris 10 Update 3 from a DVD using the GUI installer, regardless of the recommendations on docs.sun.com. Hopefully the situation will be better for Update 4.
  • With only USB connectors for keyboard and mouse, connecting a PS/2 keyboard using a PS/2 to USB frob does not appear to work. Bug ID# 6539611. This has been closed - the defect was with the PS/2 to USB frob - not all of the announce themselves properly as a USB device and probes return a vendor and product ID of 0.
  • The gap for the DVD-ROM tray to come out is the correct size for drives that Sun ships - the actual size for the front plate is larger for others, requiring some shaving off of plastic to get others to work correctly.

On the good side:

  • I can reuse hard drive sleds from years ago to mount a second SATA drive and just "slide it in".
  • With the fan working properly, it is much quieter than my old PC (not to mention faster), if only the keyboard worked...

And without a support contract (bought it for my own use), it's not clear that I've got any real recourse to have any of the above fixed...

Comments:

Just what problem are you trying to solve by integrating an Ultra20M2 into your home network? Get a MacBook Pro, get wild and get a life :-)

Posted by Shogi Effendi on March 22, 2007 at 06:42 PM PDT #

Shongi, though the Mac BookPro (MBP)is great, I still need a Sun workstation (a W1100z, predecessor to the Ultra 20) to complement the laptop's limitations. The Sun workstation and MBP work together to bring much greater flexibility and power to my home network.

Darren, I don't believe the PS/2 to USB to be a Sun specific problem. I've tried this in the past with similar unfortunate results as yours. You may also want to ensure you have the latest Supplement CD 1.5 installed for your Ultra 20 M2 to hopefully alleviate the other BIOS issues.

Posted by Wes W. on March 23, 2007 at 12:51 AM PDT #

This has been closed - the defect was with the PS/2 to USB frob - not all of the announce themselves properly as a USB device and probes return a vendor and product ID of 0.

Posted by Ye on January 19, 2010 at 01:20 PM PST #

can reuse hard drive sleds from years ago to mount a second SATA drive and just "slide it in".

Posted by Shanghai Flowers on November 28, 2010 at 04:31 PM PST #

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