> On Apr 14, 2018, at 6:07 AM, Phillip Stevens <phillip.stev...@gmail.com> > wrote: > >>> So as a next step, I'm going to try to get aSparkle GeForce 9500 GT 512MB >>> PCI video card working. > > Well I can't even get recognition that the card is on present the PCI bus. > So there is a time to give up and do something profitable. > That is now. > >> So, in case the nVidia card doesn't work, you might have more luck >> with a Radeon device on Linux. > > Is there a specific recommendation, or specification, since I'll be on Ebay > for a solution? Beyond the obvious: > - 5V. > - 33MHz. > - as recent as possible.
To seen by Openboot it needs to be in the sun approved list. (That is either the FCODE is contained on the add-on card or their is code in the SUNW-packages code installed on the NVRAM). You best bet is probably a XVR-100 aka Radeon 7000 like this one https://www.ebay.com/itm/Authentic-Sun-XVR-100-PCI-Graphic-Accelerator-375-3181-X3770-ATI-Radeon-7000/311437126814 Something else you might look into is using a PCI ATA Card to speed up your disk access. I’ve been testing cards as I get my hands on them so far the best one I have is a Promise Technology Ultra100 TX2 IDE PCI (PDC20267) Info about using PCI-Cards is here originally. https://www.netbsd.org/ports/sparc64/faq.html#pci-cards My little how-to is Add your PCI ATA Card. Boot the system use "show-devs" to find the card node. Then you want to get the class-code property so cd /pci@1f,0/pci@1/<DEVICE> .properties Look for the class-code a Promise PDC20269 is 00018085 (does not work in Debian 9 for some reason) a Promise PDC20267 is 00018000 nvedit dev /packages/SUNW,builtin-drivers : class018000 f 9 my-space + " config-b!" $call-parent class010100 ; device-end Control-C to end. nvstore reset When it comes back show-dev should have ide@2/disk and ide@2/cdrom instead of the long pic vendor-id@device-id (or whatever IDE slot the card is in, you should then use devalias to map those to an alias like atadisk and atacdrom or something) -Mike