I have what I think is a tricky question.
I am in the process of purchasing a bunch of new equipment and I cannot
afford a SunCD-ROM. So I read the CD-ROM FAQ and saw that Hitatchi
CDR-1750S drives will work with Sun equipment (apparently there is a dip
switch in the back that toggles between 512b/2048Kb allowing it to be used
with Sun hardware).
Then I read the Solaris FAQ and saw a section saying that while Solaris
2.3 could be installed from a non-Sun CD-ROM, due to changes in the "sd"
driver (don't know what it is), Solaris 2.4 cannot be installed from a
So my question is really this:
Does the Hitatchi CDR-1750 set to 512 byte mode count as a "Sun" CD-ROM?
Or will Solaris 2.4 only install of real Sun badged CD-ROM drives? If
that is the case, what is it about "true" Sun CD-ROM drives that makes
this possible, where the Hitatchi in "sun mode" fails? How does the "sd"
driver figure into this?
Any help with this will be much appreciated. I really hope the Hitatchi
drive will work, because it is MUCH MUCH cheaper that a SunCD will be. If
it will not work at all, is it possible to get media for Solaris 2.3?
Does anyone have any feelings about that as solution if the Hitatchi will
not work with Solaris 2.4?
Thanks for all your help with this. Any assistance is much appreciated.