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Ultra 5 Upgrades - Sun Solaris

I would like to beef up my Ultra 5 but need some information on the following before I buy the wrong stuff: 1. Memory - what is the maximum I can install, which type is okay? 2. Hard disk - I would like to add 60 - 80 GB, any recommended make? After the upgrade, I would like to install Solaris 9. Thanks for your input....

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    Default Ultra 5 Upgrades

    I would like to beef up my Ultra 5 but need some information on the
    following before I buy the wrong stuff:

    1. Memory - what is the maximum I can install, which type is okay?
    2. Hard disk - I would like to add 60 - 80 GB, any recommended make?

    After the upgrade, I would like to install Solaris 9.
    Thanks for your input.


    Info Guest

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    Default Re: Ultra 5 Upgrades

    RAM is kind of a pain, since it's not standard PC RAM. You can probably
    find some on eBay, or perhaps on various used-Sun hardware sites. I
    found 512 MB on ebay for $119:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3051751759&category=20 328

    As far as hard drives, they'll take just about anything, although they
    don't do the ATA-100 or 133. If I'm not mistaken, it's a 33 MB/s bus.
    I put a maxtor 7200 RPM 40 GB drive (2MB cache) in my Ultra 5 and it
    worked fine. Solaris 9 runs fine on it, although I wouldn't use it for
    a desktop. It's a bit slow on the GNOME stuff.

    Hope that helps,

    Tony


    Info Grab wrote:
     

    Tony Guest

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    Default Re: Ultra 5 Upgrades

    On Sat, 11 Oct 2003 20:24:15 +0000, Info Grab wrote:
     

    Bookmark this page.

    http://sunsolve.sun.com/handbook_pub/Systems/U5/U5.html

    Dave Guest

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    "Dave Uhring" <com> skrev i melding
    news:com... 
    >
    > Bookmark this page.
    >
    > http://sunsolve.sun.com/handbook_pub/Systems/U5/U5.html
    > [/ref]

    :-)

    ad 1. You can install upto 1 GB RAM as four 256 MB DIMMs.
    These should be
    * 50 ns to support all (faster) CPUs
    * low-profile to fit under the floppy, unless of course
    You remove the floppy
    Check www.memoryx.com, www.crucial.com and www.sun.com.
    U5/10 RAM is not really non-standard, but there are only
    some Compaq (and Apple?) I heard of which use the same
    type.

    ad 2. You can install one 120 GB IDE drive. No drives > 132 GB
    will work with the controller/driver. You must run at
    least Solaris 8 10/01 in order to see more than 8 (20?)
    GB drives.
    All such HD I have tried have worked plug&play. Whether
    8 MB on-drive caches actually make a difference I do not
    know, but it feels faster.
    Physically altering the U5 mechanical setup may make room
    for a second such drive somewhere. You'd be on your own
    with regard to power, heat/airflow, noise etc.

    You can also install a SCSI HBA and use SCSI drives. These are
    definitely faster, but also much more expensive. Although even
    a maxed out U5 will never perform as good as current HW, SCSI
    does accelerate heavy multitasking of i/o bound processes.
    A potentially interesting variation of this could be a blend
    of cheap LSI HBAs, cheap IDE disks and cheap Acard SCSI-IDE
    adapters. I have yet to try this.

    While the PGX graphics on an U5 are adequate for a 2D console,
    no graphics upgrade I have heard of will turn it into a 3D or
    video workstation.
    Torsten Guest

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