Need Help - SS20 Solaris 9 - SX (cg14) Graphics

So I know this is antique hardware, but I dusted off my SS20 recently
and did a fresh install of Solaris 9.

The system is configured with 2 x 200Mhz Ross RT626 cpus, 448mb RAM
and an 8mb VSIMM for the SX graphics.

My Solaris 9 media is the 2002 original media kit and I applied the
latest 9_Recommended patch cluster. Also applied the mandatory Gnome
2.0 patches (for the Gnome distro on the Contrib CD) and a few others.

I've also installed a lot of stuff from the CSW archives from the /
current tree.

Problems -

I'm playing around with various window managers and combinations of
apps that works best on this beast. Try as I might I can't get many
of the alternative window managers to fire up. I'm using the SX
graphics obviously and experimenting with both 8 and 24bpp.

1. CDE - Works fine
2. fluxbox (from CSW) - Works fine
3. xfce4 (from CSW) - Starts but will eventually kill the Xserver and
aborts back to the dtlogin screen
4. windowmaker (from CSW) - I can get it to start 1 out of 3 tries,
but it quickly dies and aborts back to the dtlogin screen.
5. windowmaker (from Sol9 Contrib CD) - Same as 4.
6. enlightenment (from CSW) - Immediately dies and aborts back to
dtlogin screen.
7. Gnome2 (the official Sun download) - Same as 3.

There really is no more information. No core files and the Xerrors
file just shows something like Xsun:0.0 terminated unexpectedly.

So I'd really like to get some feedback from anyone who has or had a
SS20 and SX graphics running Solaris 9 and how that all worked out.
Is there some general instability in the SX graphics drivers that
prevents some of the more modern window managers from working? Or
maybe there is some obscure patch that I'm missing. The 9_Recommended
included the big X11 (112785-65) patch so that should all be up to


Relevant Pages

  • Re: Info Sun Blade 1000
    ... I'm planning to use it for shell scripting, some graphics (The Gimp ... and maybe CAD) and in general to learn the Solaris OS. ... One man's "decent performance" is another man's snail! ... If you are doing CAD you may want to pay a great deal of attention to ...
  • Re: looking for a S9 diskless howto
    ... I try to boot an AXi box diskless from another box (SS20 with Solaris ... of them focus on PXE or jumpstart and dhcp but I need an ARP/RARP ...
  • Solaris 9 and HyperSPARCs (RT626)
    ... I have two SS20 that ran fine with dual RT626 module, ... Each workstation runs with up to date Solaris 9. ... or dual RT626 cpu modules. ... modules work fine in other configuration. ...
  • Re: 24 bit framebuffer for SS20?
    ... Get a VSIMM from ebay for the ss20 to activate the onbaord framebuffer, ... without using driveres from earlier solaris releases as hack. ...
  • Re: SCSI CDROM responding on all SCSI IDs
    ... Emmanuel Florac wrote: ... >> I think it's something in the Toshiba firmware, ... >> same problem in my SS20 with Solaris). ...