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Wed, 27 Aug 2008

Sun Ultra 5

Recently, I put an old 80GB hard disc drive in my Sun Ultra 5, to replace its existing 10GB one. The 10GB one was getting a bit old, and was starting to seem a bit small anyway :-( The Sun complained loudly when I first booted with the new drive, as it did not have the appropriate label for a Sun disk. A quick Stop+A then boot cdrom allowed me to boot off the CD-ROM fine, so I could run the Debian lenny installer.

The installer seems much the same as last time I used it. The main problem I had this time was in configuring X. For some reason, the installer only asked me questions about my keyboard and not about my monitor or graphics card. X11 completely failed to work after install.

I soon found out what the problem was by asking a question on the Humbug general mailing list. The issue here, though, was changes made in the Linux kernel version 2.6.25 and 2.6.26 apparently broke some things which Xorg depends upon. Going back to version 2.6.22 got rid of the issue, and Xorg now works fine. The only problem now is still a futex bug that causes firefox to quit spontaneously after running for a few minutes.

In any case, it's good to have my Sun system back up and working again. It may be "only" 333MHz, but it still works pretty well...

posted at: 07:24 | path: /computing/unix | permanent link to this entry

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