OpenSolaris on a 600Mhz Dell GX1

They said it couldn't be done! Somewhere around build 21 of Nevada when we switched to a grub-based boot loader, something broke with these older Dells. But the problem was solved by build 23. I'm entering this from JDS3 on Build 23 of Solaris Nevada, on a rather dated piece of X86 hardware:

# psrinfo -v
Status of virtual processor 0 as of: 09/27/2005 17:26:20
  on-line since 09/27/2005 15:43:53.
  The i386 processor operates at 600 MHz,
        and has an i387 compatible floating point processor.
# uname -a
SunOS greystar 5.11 snv_23 i86pc i386 i86pc

It isn't the snappiest machine I've ever used, but it isn't bad, at least until I can save up the $895 or so (don't we all hate the E.U. markup on _all_ techie hardware?) one of these.

Update: Here is a description of an experiment to reduce the memory requirements of this part of the boot process.

Comments:

How about this? $ /usr/sbin/psrinfo -v Status of virtual processor 0 as of: 09/27/2005 16:27:34 on-line since 09/22/2005 20:25:41. The i386 processor operates at 300 MHz, and has an i387 compatible floating point processor. $ uname -a SunOS ws400 5.11 snv_21 i86pc i386 i86pc This is a Dell WS-400. The BIOS can't boot from the CD drive, so I have to use a floppy with Smart Boot Manager 3.7.1 to boot it. It runs quite nicely!

Posted by Gary Mills on September 27, 2005 at 02:31 PM GMT+00:00 #

Great! O.K. what should I try installing next, my 486 Thinkpad butterfly, or the Amiga 286 bridgeboard ;-)

Posted by bnitz on September 27, 2005 at 03:17 PM GMT+00:00 #

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