Inherited Cobalt Raq XTR, now what?

Inherited Cobalt Raq XTR, now what?

Post by mnemotroni » Sat, 23 Aug 2003 08:10:46

During our company's recent move & cube reverse-supersize, I ended up
with a Sun Cobalt RaQ XTR server/gizmo/appliance. No manuals. No
drives. I don't even know if it works. I'm too much of a pack rat to
just throw it out until I've verified that it's truely dead and gone.

I've downloaded the PDF manual from Sun
( ),
so I can check that the front panel and serial port configuration
works, but how can I load an OS onto this piggie? Can I connect
anything to the USB? Can it boot off the network NIC? Can it be a
DHCP client? It would be a shame to use it for target practice..
Tanks sin nad vants.

Inherited Cobalt Raq XTR, now what?

Post by Elia » Sat, 23 Aug 2003 12:19:57

Don't throw it away or shoot it. If it doesn't have disk drives then
just pick up some ATA drives at your local electronics shop. The
drives are IDE Ultra ATA 66 at 7200 RPMs.

You should download a copy of the Operating Systems Restore CD. It
will wipe out your system and data and restore it to factory fresh
conditions, with no user accounts, no patches, etc.

You can get the iso at

It looks like the one you need is:
960-RAQXTR01AU RaQ XTR English

You will need another system that is connected to the network to
perform the restore. The type of system can be any x86 based system
with a bootable CD-ROM and a network card that is on the list of
acceptable cards.

PCI Cards:
Intel PRO/100+ Server Adapter (PILA8470B)
Linksys EtherFast 10/100 LAN Card (LNE100TX)
Netgear Fast Ethernet PCI Adapter (FA312TX)
3Com OfficeConnect Fast Ethernet NIC (3CSOHO100-TX)
3Com Fast EtherLink XL PCI NIC (3C905B-TX)

Netgear Fast Ethernet PCMCIA Adapter (FA410TX)
3Com Megahertz 10/100 LAN PC Card (3CCFE574BT)
Xircom CreditCard Ethernet 10/100 (CE3B-100BTX)

Then boot off of the restore CD with both systems connected to the
same network or with a cross-over cable connecting them. (you have to
use the primary ethernet port on the Cobalt)

The rest of the process is very easy. Just follow the on-screen
instructions on the host you are booting off of. When this is all
done you can use the LCD to program the IP information. Once you have
an IP address just login through a web browser enter all of the
necessary info.



Inherited Cobalt Raq XTR, now what?

Post by mnemotroni » Sun, 24 Aug 2003 03:14:12

This Cobalt has slots up front for 4 SCSI drives (mounted in

I hope that means the TARGET system (the Cobalt RaQ), and not the

I should clarify that this unit currently has absolutely no disk
drives (or data) whatsoever. I popped the lid, but didn't see an IDE
connector (but wasn't specifically looking for one -- I'll check
again). Now, I work for a disk drive company, so getting IDE drives
is fairly easy (as long as I don't care about their lineage or
expected life-span), but SCSI drives are less common, and overpriced
beyond the words of mortal man.

I will try this and report back.

Inherited Cobalt Raq XTR, now what?

Post by Elia » Sun, 24 Aug 2003 10:32:45

t wrote:

The restore will wipe out the Cobalt, but that wouldn't really be
important since you don't have any drives.

Take a look at:

Appendix B says "Up to four removable 7200 rpm Ultra ATA/100 hard disk
drives." I've seen a couple references to ATA 66 but it doesn't
really matter which speed you use. Make sure to mirror your drives
and then it the lineage of the drives won't impact reliability that
much. It would be good if you used all the same geometry drive to
keep the system from getting confused.

If there is special mouting hardware required for the drives then you
can always order them from Sun (PN #540-5379).



Inherited Cobalt Raq XTR, now what?

Post by Steve Mart » Mon, 25 Aug 2003 07:49:58

If you don't want it, I'll take it... I'll even pay shipping! :)