For no particular reason, a Sparc workstation is on it’s way

I was shopping for one of these on ebay:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPARCstation_20

By Caroline Ford – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1504020

But then got caught up on the idea that an Ultra 5 with IDE disk support might be a better idea:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultra_5/10

By Liftarn – https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2094130

After a lively discussion in the Facebook Vintage Unix Machines group about the pros and cons of older Sparcstations, Ultra 1 and 2, vs Ultra 5/10, I decided to shop for an Ultra 1 or 2. I made an offer on one but didn’t get it. And then I decided to go for an Ultra 60 since it was cheaper than anything else I could find, although in a unknown working condition, other than ‘it powers on’. So when it turns up it will be a learning experience to see if it’s actually in working condition or not.

I believe from photos from the ebay listing that there’s a SunPCI card in there, so that will be interesting to play with, and also the Creator 3D graphics card.

On my shopping list of needed parts:

  • a Sun Type 5 keyboard and mouse (with Sun mini DIN connector)
  • a 13W3 video to VGA adapter
  • an SCA SCSI disk
  • possible future purchase, a SCSI2SD adapter

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