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    Does anybody have any details on a Sun Microsystems SPARCstation 5? Got no wires or manual with it so havnt been able to operate it, is it a good system? and how about using it as a server?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lnxusr86
    Does anybody have any details on a Sun Microsystems SPARCstation 5? Got no wires or manual with it so havnt been able to operate it, is it a good system? and how about using it as a server?
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    It's one of Sun's mid-range workstations, I believe, from a few years back. One thing I can guarantee you - the processor packs a mean punch for it's frequency compared to PPC or x86, though it was behind Intel even then. It's got a Sun microSPARC II processor running at 70, 85, 110 or 170 MHz, and should be running Sun Solaris as it's operative system if nothing's been changed. There are system board configurations tables for it at <http://sunsolve.sun.com/handbook_pub...Station_5.html>, and a service manual for it at <http://www.sun.com/products-n-soluti...01-6396-11.pdf> if you're interested in that. Product notes are available from <http://www.sun.com/products-n-soluti...01-6393-11.pdf>.

    If you need any other information, search using Google (not Sun) using "site:sun.com keywords".



    The computer can't take any heavy CPU load, but it should be an excellent dedicated server for low loads, or when throughput is more of a bottleneck than processing. It's also a very good network citizen and probably comes with better-than-average-PC parts, considering it's age.

    As for operative systems, Solaris, a BSD or Linux are your best choices. If there's a Solaris on it already, you might consider keeping it despite it's age. Sun have a history of stable installations but making any reinstallations a hell for any out-of-company serviceman.
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    Thanks for the info

    seems kind of cheap on some sites..
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