How to install PGX32 on Sparc 10 Ultra?


 
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Old 02-24-2013
How to install PGX32 on Sparc 10 Ultra?

I'm trying to install a PGX32 video card on my Sparc 10 Ultra running Solaris 10.

I've got the Oracle installation guide for it and I got as far as:

"4. Insert the CD-ROM labeled “GFX OpenWindows for Solaris 2” into the drive."


I don't have a CD-ROM by that name and a web search for that turned up nothing. Smilie

Further down in the guide, they offer the helpful advice: "To complete an installation from FTP files, you must first obtain the packages from Sun. Contact SunService for the correct packages and the site where the packages are located." So that's not going to work either.

I did an fbconfig -list but all that returned was /dev/fbs/m640 which is the onboard PGX graphics. The monitor connected to the PGX32 is displaying nothing.

Can someone help me get this thing going? Pretty please? Thanks!

Last edited by Michele31416; 02-24-2013 at 03:31 PM..
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Old 02-24-2013
Here's a link to all the current Oracle manuals for that old system.

Ultra 10 Workstation Product Library Documentation

But reviewing this manual:

http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E19125-01/...05-7770-11.pdf

Indicates what versions of the OpenBoot prom and which device drivers are required. It then gives the entire procedure to get that card working. If you need any files, getting them from Oracle will be pretty hard unless you have access to their support network thanks to your employer. You'll probably have better results with Google.
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Old 02-24-2013
Document intsrdb/20238

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Download SUN Driver Updates
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Old 02-24-2013
Quote:
Originally Posted by DustinT
Here's a link to all the current Oracle manuals for that old system.
...
If you need any files, getting them from Oracle will be pretty hard unless you have access to their support network thanks to your employer. You'll probably have better results with Google.
Yup - I've been through that document. Since I don't have an employer, that route is out. I've been all over the Oracle website and while they have extensive documentation, they don't seem to offer anything for download except Solaris iso's. I searched Google high and low but found nothing. That's why I was hoping someone here might be able to help.
Code:
# pkginfo | grep TSI

returns nothing, telling me the files I need aren't installed (that would have been nice).

Anyway, I do appreciate the replies.
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Old 02-24-2013
Yes, but, the PGX32 is not really a Sun product.

So chase the drivers down elsewhere (under it's real model name).

pgx32

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Another link that might help...........

PGX32 card problems
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Old 02-24-2013
Quote:
Originally Posted by hicksd8
Yes, but, the PGX32 is not really a Sun product.

So chase the drivers down elsewhere (under it's real model name).

pgx32
Hah - I'll admit I hadn't thought of that idea. The card is really a Techsource Raptor GFX-FP. So I went to Techsource dot com and found packages there for a GFX-8P (not clear if that's the same thing) for Solaris 8 and 9 but not 10. No inidcation of whether they're for Sparc or x86 either. But I downloaded them anyway on the off chance something there might work for me. I also sent them an email requesting help.

That link to netbsd.org opens a nice description of the pm2fb driver for PGX32 but I don't see anywhere to download it.

I did find pb2fb.c and pm2fb.h for Sparc64 over at JK's Raid (the poster still won't let me insert URL's), so I guess that's something. But now I have to compile this. I'm more of a Lisp programmer than a C programmer. I guess that will be my last resort if the techsource stuff doesn't pan out.

Thanks for the pointers.

Last edited by Michele31416; 02-25-2013 at 02:16 AM..
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Old 02-25-2013
I've been looking around various forums for this problem.

Some say that the drivers are on the Solaris 10 distribution CD/DVD in the guise of packages TSIgfx and TSIgfxw. Also mentioned are TSIpgx and TSIpgxw.

Can you try:

Code:
 
pkginfo <package name>

for all 4 of these to see if any exist on your system.

Could also try:

Code:
pkgadd <package name>

to try to install them.

Also, do note that you will need to reconfigure the kernel after installing the driver to get Solaris to look for it.

Code:
 
boot -r

It also seems to be the case that if the driver for PGX32 is installed you'll have /dev/fbs present.
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