Resurrection of a Sun Cobalt Qube3

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  1. luckybob

    luckybob New Member

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    Recently I rescued one of these little blue boxes from certain death and I just fell in love with it. Looks like this:
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    It works fine with its pair of 40gb ide drives, and for some people that would be the end of the story, except I want to "pimp out" this little box and put it to work. I've been playing with it for a little bit, and i've gotten to a place where I need to learn linux in order to continue. I have a small list of things that I want to do with it, but am unsure how to implement them in linux.

    1. replace the old ide drives with CF cards
    2. add pci<>sata card and install 2 low-power, quiet, sata drives for storage.
    3. enable the L3 cache
    4. setup as a router, one side is modern, the other mostly for my vintage machines
    5. maintain an appleshare... share.
    6. print to a laser printer from both sides of the router. this is done with an usb <> parallel adapter.
    7. update linux while maintaining web gui, #4 5 & 6, etc

    There are other things I want to do with the hardware, such as mod the cpu to 550mhz and so forth, but not very relevant here. Moving on.

    The default software comes on a cd and when placed in a 2nd computer it boots up linux and sets up a dhcp/boot server on the 2nd pc. Then you boot the Qube, tell it to network boot, and its very straightforward from there. I performed the install process on the original 40gb drives and it worked fine. However when I went to use CF drives Linux fails to install and I don't know how to fix it. I do have a transcript of boot/install process thanks to a null modem cable. (attached as .txt)

    I have a hunch what it is, but I don't want to lead the witnesses... Also if i'm going to ditch the default install, how would I install something else?

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  2. lobo

    lobo Active Member

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    According to wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobalt_Qube
    To save you some headache: You will need to run a 486/586 kernel, as a kernel built for "Pentium Pro" (found in most 32 bit distributions - often called "686") will not boot on that arch. Both Debian and Slackware have the option of 486 kernel arch, as the K6-2 is not a 686 class CPU. Not sure about other distros. Good luck.
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    luckybob New Member

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    Thanks for the info! I'm still very uncertain how to get software on this box. It can be done, I just don't know how. I'm hoping to figure that out with help from here!
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