Trying Out the W2100z Sun Java Workstation



I would like to introduce you my new workstation:


It's performance really rocks! With 2 64bit CPUs and 2 GB memory I can run many applications at once without much speed degradation. NetBeans start very very fast :-) The only drawback is the noise, it has two big fans which are necessary to cool it down.

If you are the owner of this workstation or it's brother W1100z, I have one hint for you. You can lower the fan noise by setting the cooling mode from default "agressive" to "normal". Hopefully it also gets less noisy if it's not so hot, we had today quite tropical weather in Prague. We'll see when the temperatures will go down.

Update: I should also write where to change the option. It's in Bios (F2 on boot), on bottom of the monitoring section.
Comments:

Roumen, you didn't mention how to change the cooling mode and I can't find any information on docs.sun.com about it either.

Posted by Trevor Watson on červenec 19, 2005 at 03:05 dop. CEST #

Oh yes, sorry, it's in Bios, press F2 on boot and go to the third tab and choose the monitoring section (or similar name). The option is on bottom of the screen.

Posted by Roman Strobl on červenec 19, 2005 at 03:30 dop. CEST #

Ahh, so it won't work on my SunBlade 2000 then :( I've asked my boss for a W2100Z to replace the SunBlade this year, but I think I will have a very long wait :(

Posted by Trevor Watson on červenec 19, 2005 at 03:38 dop. CEST #

I've got a W2100Z 246 w/ 6GB and I love it. I regularly run 4 or more VM sessions without a hickup. Very important on the BIOS front - upgrade to the 2.2 (latest update CD). The 2.0 version has a bug which kills the main (rear) system fan, the the 2.1 version has other bugs. If the fan dies the box will not boot until your replacement fan arrives from Sun (they are replacing them free). To get mine working again I had to take the side off and substitute a CPU fan to trick the sensor while I wait for the replacement system fan.

Posted by Chris on listopad 07, 2005 at 11:22 odp. CET #

I've had one of these machines since may. At first it was really nice, but I started having the ubiquitous rear fan1 fault error. Luckily, sun released supplemental CD 2.1. Then I ran into the "fan pulsing" problem that also many other people seem to be experiencing. Again, sun addressed this problem with the 2.2 supplemental CD. This version of the bios fixed the pulsing problem, but now the system hangs randomly anywhere from an hour to a day after I start it. I was forced to switch back to the 2.1 cd and deal with the pulsing issue. It's either a system that stutters constantly some of the time, or a system that freezes entirely nearly every time. Come on sun, get your skite together on this one, too many people have these machines. Supplemental 2.3 better be better quality than this, especially if you don't want to alienate the scores of x86 loyal customers who have converted to sun through this machine.

Posted by Dead-Bum on listopad 17, 2005 at 11:49 dop. CET #

I got mine bios updated last week and it started to work fine. I only wish the fan was not so loud, but as Chris mentioned you can get a replacement.

Posted by Roumen on listopad 20, 2005 at 12:17 odp. CET #

Well, I figured out what was wrong. Apparently on some machines if you turn off DMI Event Logging in your bios the machine will randomly freeze up on the 2.2 supplemental CD bios. I turned it on and now it's working fine. Very, very weird why this would have any impact at all, but it does apparently. Anyway, glad my machine is working again.

Posted by Dead-Bum on listopad 29, 2005 at 04:01 odp. CET #

I've been having the same rear fan1 fault. I've created the ISO CD but I have no idea how I would flash the BIOS. I poped the CD in and it gave me the menue, but as it started to do something, it shut off suddenly as it usualy does because of the problem with the rear fan. How would I flash it manually?

Posted by Novice-John on prosinec 12, 2005 at 10:36 dop. CET #

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