SPARCstation rescue giveaway (Was: Kei cars and motorcycles (Was: Rick Dickinson, ZX Spectrum designer, RIP))

Alan Perry aperry at
Fri Apr 27 17:40:49 CDT 2018

I keep them all. Not counting the bad ones in the SS1 and 2, I have 7.

I can send them to you. I don't mind pick up the shipping costs for 
something small like that. But the $70 that is it going to cost to ship 
the SS20 to its new home is another matter.


On 4/27/18 3:33 PM, systems_glitch wrote:
> You can always send me the dead modules and I'll rebuild them 
> (GlitchWorks == me, my wife sometimes helps with assembly). Whatever 
> you do, don't throw out the dead NVRAMs -- I'll buy them or pay for 
> you to ship them or whatever, they're not making more and they're the 
> only solution that's 100% compatible.
> Yeah, the "still works but pukes errors" is the typical symptom of the 
> newer, slightly incompatible 48T02s in Sun machines. I don't recall if 
> mine kept accurate time with the newer modules.
> Thanks,
> Jonathan
> On Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 6:28 PM, Alan Perry via cctalk 
> <cctalk at <mailto:cctalk at>> wrote:
>     The ones from Mouser work well enough in every system that I have
>     used them in. I still get the IDPROM corrupt message on boot on
>     some systems, but it holds the MAC and the systems boot without
>     intervention.
>     I tried to repair a few and botched most of them. I know that I
>     should be using the GlitchWorks stuff, but it has been easier to
>     just buy something that I can plug in.
>     alan
>     On 4/27/18 3:15 PM, systems_glitch via cctalk wrote:
>         Don't get the new MK48T02/MK48T08s from Mouser et al, they're
>         not fully
>         compatible. They will retain NVRAM but the clock part is
>         different and
>         you'll get an error on that (system won't autoboot). Rebuild
>         your old
>         NVRAM! I made up some little boards to make the repair cleaner
>         and faster
>         to do (I had about 50 NVRAMs to repair):
>         <>
>         There are other guides for tacking on a coin cell holder
>         without cutting
>         off the entire top encapsulation, but if you do that, it may
>         not fit under
>         SBus cards if you're doing it on a system that puts SBus slots
>         over the
>         NVRAM.
>         Thanks,
>         Jonathan
>         On Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 6:03 PM, Glen Slick via cctalk <
>         cctalk at <mailto:cctalk at>> wrote:
>             On Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 1:55 PM, Alan Perry via cctalk
>             <cctalk at <mailto:cctalk at>> wrote:
>                 - SPARCstation 1. Chassis is intact. It has a bad
>                 IDPROM; aside from that
>                   it passes onboard diagnostics. It has 12M memory, no
>                 HDD now, and a 3.5"
>                   floppy drive. It has no SBus cards. Aside from the
>                 IDPROM, it doesn't
>                   have any issues (but I haven't run an OS on it yet).
>                 Like the SS2, it
>                   needs a bath. A small portion of the plastic cover
>                 over the rear of the
>                   case is broken off.
>                 What are these "actual parts expenses"? IDPROMs are
>                 around $25 on Mouser.
>                 SCSI HDDs start around $70 shipped on eBay and SCSI2SD
>                 are $60 plus
>                 shipping to me plus the SD price. Given the price of
>                 25 year old HDDs
>             with
>                 a stated service life of 5 years (according to one
>                 spec sheet that I
>             read),
>                 SCSI2SD looks pretty attractive.
>             When you say IDPROM, is that a Dallas built-in battery
>             NVRAM type of
>             thing? I have an SS1 with a dead NVRAM thing. Are the
>             currently
>             available versions of those new at Mouser fully
>             compatible? Those are
>             one of those things that the new versions aren't always fully
>             compatible with the old versions for some systems, even
>             though they
>             are supposed to be.
>             My SS1 is also in the Seattle area. If there is much
>             demand for those
>             it's probably one of those systems I'll never get around
>             to doing
>             anything with it myself. I also have a 4/110. Those seem
>             to be a lot
>             less common, and maybe more collectible.

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