OpenBSD 5.1 on Sun Fire V100

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A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, TuM’Fatig ran on a Sun Fire V100. One day it was pluggued off for some apartment move and was never powered on again.

Today is the day when it is powered on again to run OpenBSD 5.1.

The Sun Fire V100 has a serial console ; no VGA or such. So I use an RJ-45 to serial adapter and a Serial to USB adapter to gain access to the LOM from my MacBook Pro. Plug in everything, open a Terminal and cook a fish pizza:

  # cu -l /dev/tty.PL2303-00002006
  LOMlite starting up.
  CPU type: H8/3437S, mode 3
  Ram-test: 2048 bytes OK
  Initialising i2c bus: OK
  Searching for EEPROMs: 50(cfg) 
  I2c eeprom @50: OK
  i2c bus speed code 01... OK
  Probing for lm80s: none
  Probing for lm75s: 48
  Initialising lm75 @48: OK
  System functions: PSUs fans breakers rails gpio temps host CLI ebus clock 
  LOMlite console
  Sun Fire V100 (UltraSPARC-IIe 548MHz), No Keyboard
  OpenBoot 4.0, 256 MB memory installed, Serial #53479594.
  Ethernet address 0:3:ba:30:8:aa, Host ID: 833008aa.
  Unrecognized magic number in media label
  Can't open disk label package
  ok boot cdrom
  OpenBSD IEEE 1275 Bootblock 1.3
  ..>> OpenBSD BOOT 1.4
  Trying bsd...
  Booting /pci@1f,0/ide@d/cdrom@3,0:f/bsd
  symbols @ 0xfff4a240 65 start=0x1000000
  console is /pci@1f,0/isa@7/serial@0,3f8
  Copyright (c) 1982, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993
  	The Regents of the University of California.  All rights reserved.
  Copyright (c) 1995-2012 OpenBSD. All rights reserved.
  OpenBSD 5.1 (RAMDISK) #122: Sun Feb 12 12:56:56 MST 2012
  real mem = 268435456 (256MB)
  avail mem = 253952000 (242MB)
  mainbus0 at root: Sun Fire V100 (UltraSPARC-IIe 548MHz)
  cpu0 at mainbus0: SUNW,UltraSPARC-IIe (rev 3.3) @ 548 MHz
  cpu0: physical 16K instruction (32 b/l), 16K data (32 b/l), 512K external (64 b/l)

I used a CD-ROM to install OpenBSD. You can eject the tray since you get the LOM prompt.

You can get to the LOM issuing “#.” whenever you like. Then go back to the console issuying “console” on the LOM prompt. Follow the wizard an install OpenBSD. As planned, the installation went smooth and the system was ready to swim in less than 10 minutes. Here’s the full first boot output .

According to my amperemeter, the Sun Fire V100 uses about 39 Watts. The machine cost me half an arm when I bought it. Glad to see it is still working. But it is also too noisy to run in my new apartment.