: Once upon a time I was a sysadmin, now I just have a sparc20 at home
: that I use for personal stuff. I'd like to dump the 50 ton monitor and
: get a nice thin one. I've seen some nice ones for the newer solaris
: boxes. Will one of those work on my sparc20? anyone have specific
: models that I should look for?
I'd be careful, at least look into try-before-you-buy, maybe borrow one from
someboady. Or at least make sure you can return it.
I'm sure others more experienced than me traveled down this path but a
couple things off the top of my head.
You'll need a conversion dongle/adapter thing to change that common rgb
coaxial sparc output to vga. One problem here is, although the adapter is
common, it's analog out, many LCD monitors (which I guess is what you want
to use) is DVI only (digital). Some are both (can use a dvi to vga cable),
some even have a db15 vga connector.
So with that, don't get one that is DVI only.
The other problem I can think of is a number of LCD monitors are kind of
fixed-frequency. In other words, there is a specific scan rate/resolution
and refresh that is native. Although in the specs it says it could support
others, the picture looks like crap, jagged edges and stuff. Maybe they up
(or down) convert the incoming signal to match. Point is, just doesn't look
Now it's totally possible there is some combination of video cards
(framebuffers, whatever) and doing this correctly, but I suspect with
something as old as the SS20, you aren't going to have many options to play
Also possible someone is going to follow this up with a "all you need is a
506-xxxx card" and change this or that from console, but maybe not.
What you might want to do as an alternative is look around for a known, good
regular analog monitor (like a mits diamond plus 200). Something like that
is 21" and probably 1/3rd smaller than the 17" Sun monitor you have now in
the cabinet size.
Not much in reducing real estate and you'll still need the adapter but they
lock on the signal and seems like a step up from the Sun hardware.
They won't have that remote like some of the fancy Suns do, but considering
I never figured a use for it, no great loss. Wonder what *** the engineer
was on when they came up with that idea.