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USB 2.0 Support on Sun Fire 280R

Discussion in 'Sun Hardware' started by Vishal Sharma, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. Hello All,

    I have connected a 100GB USB hard disk to my sun fire 280r box. I am
    able to format the device and even mount the same. However write /
    read operations to the device are extremely slow. Is it something to
    do with the USB device version. I am not sure whether its USB 1 or USB
    2. Below if my system config:

    2 UltraSparc IIIi+ CPU 1200MHz
    4GB RAM
    SunOS 5.9 Generic_118558-34 sun4u sparc SUNW,Sun-Fire-280R

    Can some one help me with some pointers that would enable me to speed
    up my device? Or i have to just live with this speed :( !!!

    Thanks in Advance.

    Vishal Sharma, Oct 22, 2007
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  2. Vishal Sharma

    gerryt Guest

    This topic comes up every 2 months or so. You have to live with it
    as its low bandwidth USB meant for keyboards and mice.
    I believe the hardware manual covers this point somewhere.
    Consider going to docs.sun.com and downloading the hardware reference
    for the 280R

    For more speed buy a USB 2.0 card from Belkin or Addonics.
    The Addonics card will gooble up your only 66Mhz PCI slot though.
    I would not suggest looking to Firewire - it does run at 400mbs
    but I have experienced poor reliability in the past and found that
    when it
    was working it was not perceptively faster than USB...
    gerryt, Oct 22, 2007
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  3. Vishal Sharma

    DoN. Nichols Guest

    [ ... ]
    I got a cheap four-port USB 2.0 card from the local Micro
    Center, and it works fine in my Ultra-60. (But the most of external
    "disk" devices that I use it for is reading CF cards from my camera.
    Also -- the FireWire ports are covered by a welded-on cover on
    the Sun Fire 280R, and I think are not recognized anyway (perhaps keying
    on whether the internal Fibre Channel drives are IDs 0 & 1 (Sun Fire
    280R) or 1 & 2 (Sun Blade 2000).

    Good Luck,
    DoN. Nichols, Oct 22, 2007
  4. I don't have expreience on Sun hardware, but for my other hardware
    (mostly Macs, some PCs) the firewire interface external drives I have
    beat USB 2.0 drives by a large factor. FW800 interface ones even more so.

    This could be more evened out by now, as I've tended to stay with firewire
    instead, but I doubt it. Thats why I think eSATA has started to take
    off in a big way, since USB 2.0 drives are pretty pathetic at speed.
    (And firewire has fallen off the external drive market for the most
    part as well.. Market driven.. :(
    Doug McIntyre, Oct 22, 2007
  5. Vishal Sharma

    gerryt Guest

    At least you admit you dont have any "expreience"... : >
    Well duh its 2X "faster" than 400. And as far as I know totally
    on SPARC.
    I did not know that the E280R was welded shut.
    Strange that. No matter. At one point I borrowed some Solaris Express
    and got Firewire working but a patch over-rode the change. While it
    working I did not notice any difference in speed so when the Firewire
    to function again I went back to USB where patches dont break anything
    - so far : >

    The Firewire drive was moved to the iMac G5 : /
    It depends on what you "need". At the time USB 2.0 was adequate for
    just a place to put stuff not often looked at.

    SATA is definitely a better choice than USB on a Blade 2000 or E280R.
    I never saw Firewire as a contender as only Apple seemed to adopt it
    with any conviction. And the price point was not competitive to USB.
    gerryt, Oct 22, 2007
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