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(Information partly taken from [Obsolyte.com])

The SPARCstation 5 is a sun4m based workstation which came in 4 variants: 70MHz, 85MHz, 110MHz and 170MHz. The 70, 80 and 110's use a microSPARC II processor made by Sun Microsystems or Fujitsu, but the 170 uses a Fujitsu TurboSPARC, a completely different CPU. This CPU is not fully supported by Linux, which results in some compatibility problems.

All SPARCstation 5's came with 3 SBUS slots, and a higher-speed bus known as AFX, which shared it's connection with SBUS slot 3, which also placed it furthest from the power supply. This bus seems to have been exclusively created for higher-speed graphics cards, a "sort-of AGP" that allowed the use of signifigantly faster and higher capability framebuffers, including a 24-bit model called "S24?".

A SPARCstation 5 accepts 2 internal SCSI drives using a SCA connector, but requires a special mounting bracket for each drive. The same bracket is used in the SPARCstation 4. The SCSI bus is a Fast/Narrow? (10 Mhz, 8 bits) bus, with an external connector available. It also has room for an internal, optional floppy disk drive.

A SPARCstation 5 has 8 memory slots for 168 pins, 64 bits FPM DIMMs, also used in the SPARCstation 4. These DIMMs have been reported identical to those used in some Apple PowerMacintosh? model, noticeably the 7200/7300/7500/7600/8500/8600/9500/9600, but this has not yet been confirmed by an user.

A SPARCstation 5 has on-board basic audio and 10 Mbits Ethernet, with both a 10BaseT? and an AUI connectors.

Tested Configurations

Aurora Version Configuration Remarks Reporter
1.0 170MHz TurboSPARC, Sun S24? (24bit) framebuffer, 256MB RAM Used as a workstation. Aurora 1.0 can be installed and runs, but is not as stable as on other machines - the occasional crash of freeze could be experienced Emgaron
1.92 110MHz microSPARC II, Sun TGX video, 128MB RAM Works fine, quite stable. Only used headless. Jima
1.92 70MHz microSPARC II, no video, 64MB RAM Works fine, quite stable. Fairly slow. Only used headless (err, obviously enough). Jima

Detailed Specifications

Architecture: sun4m
Processor(s): microSPARC II @ 70MHz, 85MHz or 110MHz
TurboSPARC @ 170MHz
Busses: SBus (3 slots)
AFX (1 slot)
Memory: max. 256M physical (same type as SPARCstation 4)
Harddrives: max. 2 Fast-SCSI drives with SCA-80 connectors, 1" high

A complete list of parts can be found in Sun's System Handbook: [SPARCstation 5]

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