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Solaris 10 is Rockin!

March 16th, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

I’m proud to announce that I’ve got Solaris 10 up and running pretty smoothly on my new AMD-based system. I had some annoying compatibility issues with the first system I tried, so I switched to the ASUS M2NPV-VM motherboard with an AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ CPU. This board has much better support in Solaris 10 out of the box. The onboard GPU (nVidia GeForce 6150) is recognized immediately as is the onboard ethernet. So much nicer to work with…

Asus M2NPV-VM motherboard

There are some other things that I really like about this board. It’s got four USB ports and Firewire on the back. There are also headers for two more USB and one more firewire port on the motherboard. DVI out it also nice.  Check out the expansion options below…

Asus M2NPV-VM motherboard 2

Another thing that works really well for my project is that there are 2 IDE connectors and 4 SATA connectors. I plugged the boot drive and the DVD-ROM drive into the IDE port (as master/slave on one cable). Four SATA ports is the bare minimum for what I want to accomplish, but it will suffice for the next year or so. If I run out of room quicker than that, I’ll add a PCI board or something.

A couple other cool extras that come with this Asus board…

  • Firewire bracket (for the rear openings in a standard case)
  • HDTV video out bracket with component outputs (the 6150 is capable of 1080i)
  • extra IDE cables and a SATA cable

So next up is the physical build process and then Solaris installation. ZFS setup is so easy, it almost doesn’t deserve a post. I’ll see if I can do some rough benchmarks for fun though.

  1. scott
    March 17th, 2007 at 19:10 | #1

    Fantastic… please keep us posted! I’m looking forward to the posts and will consider building a computer based on your specs..

  2. jeback
    April 2nd, 2007 at 07:00 | #2

    Do you have audio working? I have the same motherboard; everything works great except for audio.

  3. April 4th, 2007 at 19:51 | #3

    @jeback – I haven’t actually tested the sound. I set this up to be a fileserver so I didn’t even bother to hook up speakers. I’ll log in to Java Desktop and let you know what happens.

  4. May 31st, 2007 at 16:39 | #4

    Weldon – are you able to see drives attached to the built-in SATA controller in Solaris 10?

  5. June 8th, 2007 at 19:37 | #5

    @blake.irvin – yes, I can see the 4 SATA drives and the 2 IDE drives. One IDE drive is the boot volume and one is part of the ZFS pool. Here’s the output of “zpool status” on my box…

    # zpool status
    pool: storage
    state: ONLINE
    scrub: scrub completed with 0 errors on Wed Jun 6 14:12:43 2007

    storage ONLINE 0 0 0
    raidz1 ONLINE 0 0 0
    c1d0 ONLINE 0 0 0
    c2d0 ONLINE 0 0 0
    c3d0 ONLINE 0 0 0
    c4d0 ONLINE 0 0 0
    c5d0 ONLINE 0 0 0

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