Sun Blade 2500 Bellerophon multicard

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Sun Blade 2500 Bellerophon multicard

Unread postby Stellaris » Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:47 am

Hi folks in a couple of days I will be the owner of a Sun blade 2500 silver :D . Honestly this will be my first approach to such great machine so I am a newbie,   but I am a very enthusiastic guy. This forum is a mine of wonderful informations and I hope to share with you my experiences. I start with a question. The Sun comes with a fresh installed Solaris 10. There is also a Bellerophon multicard. The seller told me that there is a procedure to get the multicard recognizable by the system. Right now he told me that on the back there is a blinking light that means that the card is recognised by the system and when the drivers are installed the light will turn on fix green.
Any advice (step by step newbie procedure) :oops: is really appreciated.
Thanks a lot.

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Re: Sun Blade 2500 Bellerophon multicard

Unread postby Shiunbird » Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:56 pm

I don't own anything Sun (waiting for my work to decommission a few boxes), but welcome to the group!

Hopefully someone will come to assist you, and I'm sure you can find rare goods here for trade as well if you need.
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Re: Sun Blade 2500 Bellerophon multicard

Unread postby Stellaris » Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:54 pm

Dear Shiunbird, thanks for your welcome. Looking around the forum it is very interesting, with a lot of competent and enthusiastic people.
About the bellerophon multicard I was not able to find around the web any manual or instructions how to install it.
I really hope someone will point me to the right direction.
Have a great day to everybody.

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Re: Sun Blade 2500 Bellerophon multicard

Unread postby jpstewart » Tue Feb 28, 2017 5:25 pm

Well, I'll admit I've never heard of a "Bellerophon multicard". My curiosity got the better of me, and a Google search turned up only one on-topic reference. According to this blog, it's a SunPCi III card. Now, that's something I have heard of! If you search for it by that name, you'll find lots of info including the official Sun manual. There's even info about the SunPCi cards right here in the Nekochan forums.

Good luck with it!
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Re: Sun Blade 2500 Bellerophon multicard

Unread postby Stellaris » Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:56 am

Dear jpstewart,
when I saw your message my heart was just pumping at a very fast speed.
I went through the suggested blog and I got also precious info in the Nekochan forum.
What was clear to me was that the first step was to install the Sunpci3 multicard ito the system.
I downloaded the compressed file SUNWspci3.tar.Z from http://www.neurotica.com/misc/SunPCi/.
Then I uncompressed the Z file into the /tmp directory the Z file getting the tar file. I checked the file permissions that are 777.
Then I used the command pkgadd -d /tmp/SUNWspci3.tar. This should install the card.
I have this error: "Error. attempt to process datastream failed".
Googling it seems that can be a problem of file integrity. I tried with other Z file downloaded from http://www.neurotica.com but it is always the same.
Any suggestions? Someone may have a different site from where download those files? Maybe the installer cd image.
Thank a lot

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Re: Sun Blade 2500 Bellerophon multicard

Unread postby uunix » Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:19 am

Can you pkgadd from a tar? I think you have to un-tar that first.
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Re: Sun Blade 2500 Bellerophon multicard

Unread postby Stellaris » Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:35 am

So easy?? :shock:
....You are right and I am so.... :oops:
Right now I am on the way back to home and the Sun is in my work office. Tomorrow this will be my first task.
Thanks a lot

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Re: Sun Blade 2500 Bellerophon multicard

Unread postby Stellaris » Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:55 am

I have some updates.
I succeeded to install the software, below the steps.
The SUNWspci3.tar.Z is uncompressed and the .tar extracted into /Documents folder;

pkgadd -d /Documents

(pkgadd found SUNWspci3 and start to install the drivers)
(I got one first error that the sunpcidrv.2100 is missing)

Googling I found the solution:

cd /opt/SUNWspci3/drivers/solaris/
ln -s sunpcidrv.280 sunpcidrv.2100
ln -s sunpcidrv.280.64 sunpcidrv.2100.64

Then you have to install the last patch 118591-04.zip to fix the millennium bug. Uncompress the zip file and then:

patchadd /var/spool/patch/118591-04

Now I can start the SunPCi software and is possible to create the the disk.image (in several flavour from dos, linux, winxp/2000).
But during the creation of the virtual disk I got this error message:

File Selection Error
Directory does not exist

The yellow blinking led of the card become fixed and nothing happen.
Any suggestions?
What means. "Directory does not exist"?
help, please!

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Re: Sun Blade 2500 Bellerophon multicard

Unread postby Shiunbird » Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:36 am

Is there a verbose flag that you could enable on sunpci to see what it is actually trying to access?
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Re: Sun Blade 2500 Bellerophon multicard

Unread postby Stellaris » Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:41 am

I do not know how to do....

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Re: Sun Blade 2500 Bellerophon multicard

Unread postby vishnu » Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:07 am

Do you have this program:

/opt/SUNWspci/bin/vold_floppy_disable

If you do, make sure SunPCi is not running, and run that program. Restart SunPCi windows. What happens?
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Re: Sun Blade 2500 Bellerophon multicard

Unread postby Stellaris » Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:10 am

Solved!
The chipset via vt8235 on the SUNPci is burned!
See the pictures. Is any chance that I can replace it? I think that It is just a waste of time but I would like your opinion.
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Re: Sun Blade 2500 Bellerophon multicard

Unread postby vishnu » Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:35 am

Why would you want to replace it? Replace it with what? :?: :?: :?:
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Re: Sun Blade 2500 Bellerophon multicard

Unread postby Raion-Fox » Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:35 am

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Re: Sun Blade 2500 Bellerophon multicard

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