Acceptable Unix Configuration?
dar at telesoft.telesoft.com
Sun Aug 20 10:31:51 AEST 1989
I'm getting pretty close to actually buying one of these machines. I lean
towards the following:
AST 386c - 20MHz, 4M RAM, Adaptec 1540 SCSI host adapter,
Micropolis 1375 150M disk, Video-7 VRAM VGA 512k, and Sony
1304 monitor (or similar (NEC 4D?)); Interactive 386/ix
with X11.3 (w/ special price on 386/ix).
~$6500 for the whole thing, from a good, local dealer.
My main goal for the system is running Unix and X in a pleasant manner,
and with minimum hassles.
If anyone has any experience with this configuration, I would very much
appreciate hearing about it, either good or bad. My biggest concerns are:
- Will it work at all? How does it perform?
- Are there any conflicts between the 1540 and the VRAM VGA,
particularly wrt BIOS locations and the use of BIOS in shadow RAM?
- Does the VRAM VGA in 1024x768 non-interlaced mode work with
Interactive's X windows? (This is IMPORTANT. If I even might
have problems, I'll get some other video card, or perhaps a
large monochrome display.)
- What monitors can I use with the VRAM running 1024x768
non-interlaced? Video 7 has mentioned the Sony 1304, Mitsubishi
Diamondscan16, and a couple of others. I know that 48KHz H scan
is required; I'm not sure about other characteristics.
I'd like a 16" monitor, if I can afford it.
I'm also willing to hear any particularly strong comments about price /
other systems, and other Unix systems (I have a Berkeley Unix background,
on VAX and Sun).
Thank you all very much for your assistance.
ucsd!telesoft!dar, dar at sdcsvax.ucsd.edu
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