SPARC Compatibility Guide from NeXTanswers

Started by crimsonRE, March 29, 2006, 12:07:10 PM

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crimsonRE

Here's a bit of info. from NeXTanswers (I found it posted on USENET).

Cheers,
crimsonRE

From the Sparc Compatibility Guide at www.next.com/NeXTanswers:

CPU
Sun microSPARC II and SuperSPARC+ single processor workstations including  
models
SPARCstation 4: 70 MHz
SPARCstation 5: 70, 85, & 110 MHz
SPARCstation 10: 50, 60, & 90 MHz
SPARCstation 20: 50, 50 with cache, & 60 MHz

AVAILABLE HARD DISK SPACE

User Environment:150 MB minimum, 250 MB recommended for stand-alone systems.

User + Developer: Environments: 330 MB minimum, 400 MB recommended.

RAM REQUIREMENTS
RAM requirements vary depending upon the user's selection of graphics adapter.  
NEXTSTEP Release 3.3 supports a maximum of 256MB of memory.

24-bit color: 16 MB RAM Mininum, 32 MB RAM Recommended
8-bit grayscale/color: 16 MB RAM Minimum, 24 MB RAM Recommended

GRAPHICS ADAPTERS
8-bit color and grayscale at 1152x900 or 24-bit color at 1152x900 with  
appropriate video system. Release 3.3 supports multiple monitors with graphics  
cards for expanded desktop space.

MASS STORAGE
Floppy disk drive, SCSI hard disk drives, CD-ROM drives, 1/4 inch tape drives,  
Exabyte tape drives, and DAT tape drives are supported.

KEYBOARD & POINTING DEVICES
Sun keyboard and Sun optical or mechanical mouse.

PRINTERS
PostScript printers connected via a serial or parallel port. Color PostScript  
Level II printers are recommended for proper color support.

NETWORKING
Thick, thin, and twisted pair ethernet on board interfaces are supported.  
Ethernet transceivers may be necessary for installation at particular sites.

SOUND
16-bit audio at 22 and 44 khz is supported.

INSTALLATION
A Sun SCSI CDROM, or a supported network adapter and properly configured  
network installation host are required for installation of NEXTSTEP.

Supported Configurations

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SPARCstation 4
Graphics: 8 bit grayscale & color @ 1152x900
Sound: On-board 16 bit sound @ 48kHz with Mic. plug-in
Networking: On-board ethernet (TP and AUI)
Bus: 1 SBus

SPARCstation 5
Graphics: 8 bit grayscale & color @ 1152x900 with GX, Turbo GX, & Turbo GX+; 24  
bit color @ 1152x900 with S24 on AFX bus
Sound: On-board 16 bit sound @ 48kHz with Mic. plug-in
Networking: On-board ethernet (TP)
Bus: 3 SBus & 1 AFX Connector for Video card

SPARCstation 10
Graphics: 8 bit grayscale & color @ 1152x900 with Turbo GX and Turbo GX+; 24  
bit color @ 1152x900 with SX
Sound: On-board 16 bit sound @ 48kHz with Mic. plug-in and sound box
Networking: On-board ethernet (TP)
Bus: 4 SBus

SPARCstation 20
Graphics: 8 bit grayscale & color @ 1152x900 with Turbo GX and Turbo GX+; 24  
bit color @ 1152x900 with SX
Sound: On-board 16 bit sound @ 48kHz with Mic. plug-in
Networking: On-board ethernet (TP)
Bus: 4 Sbus

crimsonRE

Note that the processor speeds listed were only the ones offered at the point NextStep was released, so doesn't mention the faster microSPARC-II's for SS4, and SuperSPARC-II's for SS10 & 20.

But they, of course, work - I'm writing this on an SS20 SX with dual 85MHz SS-II's (only 1 processor being used by MACH, of course).

Cheers,
crimsonRE

RacerX

I've had a SPARC compatibility list (and FAQs) from NeXTanswers up here and the collection of NeXTanswers (from November 1997) for download here (bottom of the page).

USENET may be nice, but it is most likely not Digital Librarian friendly. :wink:

crimsonRE

Thanks for the link RacerX, and for having this up on the Web. Great to collect information on NS for SPARCs in one place as well (here on nextcomputers.org - thanks blackcube!).
Finally, after far too long, I'm gonna do a bit of advocacy for NS on SPARC ('cause I'm a little kooky that way). Of course, a bit of bootlegging may occur - I don't know how many copies of NS for SPARC distributed by NeXT (or Sun & HP? Both are on the CD...).

Cheers,
crimsonRE

RacerX

Quote from: "crimsonRE"Finally, after far too long, I'm gonna do a bit of advocacy for NS on SPARC ('cause I'm a little kooky that way). Of course, a bit of bootlegging may occur - I don't know how many copies of NS for SPARC distributed by NeXT (or Sun & HP? Both are on the CD...).
I've been following your post on the subject with great interest... I hope to replace my SPARCclassic with something that is NS compatible in the near future.

Thanks for all your efforts here!