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TitlePC Hardware Configuration Guide for DOS and Solaris
Author(s)Ron Ledesma
ISBN013124678X
LanguageEnglish
PublishedSeptember 1994
PublisherPrentice Hall PTR
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Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
Although it could be used for DOS configuration as well, the primary purpose of this book is to assist users who are installing Solaris x86. For those wondering about installing Solaris on a home machine, this would be cheaper than buying Solaris and then finding you need to upgrade a lot of hardware, first. However, while the book is helpful in a number of areas, there are significant gaps. Solaris CD-ROM operation is limited to SCSI (Small Computer Systems Interface) adapters, but the overview of IRQ and DMA settings included neither a CD-ROM nor SCSI listing. Appendix C does give suggested settings for a number of SCSI cards in the same way that Appendix F lists network cards. As the MicroHouse encyclopedias can demonstrate, though, this only scratches the surface of the available hardware. There are detailed, and likely useful, sections for different types of hard drives. (With occasional errors--IDE drives *can* be formatted without special hardware.) Ultimately, however, users will have to be pretty good at configuring Intel/BIOS machines already. copyright Robert M. Slade, 1995
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Lacking access to any enforceable configuration standards, anyone attempting to select and configure hardware required to install Solaris for x86 in stand-alone and networked (grouped) configurations, is bound to hit some troublesome and frustrating pitfalls. Written in non-technical language -- supplemented with how-to illustrations, checklists, and rules-of-thumb -- this user-friendly configuration and planning guide takes the mystery out of technical configuration details and walks readers step-by-step through a simple structured approach for making the critical decisions that will ultimately result in trouble-free computer and network hardware operation. Focuses on good planning as the key to successful hardware configuration and installation. Shows how to: determine hardware requirements; select compatible hardware; configure hardware components; design the physical network; troubleshoot installation problems. Features hardware selection and configuration charts; resource contact lists; installation planning checklists; technology tutorials; and network design guidelines. For those who are upgrading hardware for use with Solaris for x86, setting up a small networked group of x86 systems, providing technical support of x86 installations, or putting DOS and Solaris for x86 on the same system.

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