SunPCi User's Guide


The SunPCi 1.1 User's Guide provides installation and operation instructions for the SunPCi™ software. In addition, this guide explains how to install Windows 95 and Windows NT Workstation 4.0 on your UltraSPARC™ workstation.

In order to fully use the information in this document, you should first have installed the SunPCi card in your system. The SunPCi software will not run properly without the card installed.

Refer to the SunPCi 1.1 Installation Guide for more information.

Who Should Read This Book

This guide is intended for all users of the SunPCi software. Whether you are a general user working with SunPCi regularly or an administrator responsible for installing and maintaining numerous SunPCi setups, this guide provides the information you need to install and use the SunPCi software and Windows 95 or Windows NT.

The topics in this guide are explained with the non-technical user in mind. However, you do need to understand the basics of working with the Solaris™ operating environment, the OpenDOS™ operating system, and the desired version of Windows software. OpenDOS 7.01 is a superset of MS-DOS 6.22.

How This Book Is Organized

This guide is divided into five chapters and three appendixes, as follows:

Chapter 1, What Is SunPCi? describes SunPCi and introduces you to its features.

Chapter 2, Getting Started lists the contents of your SunPCi package and explains the system requirements that your workstation must meet in order to successfully install and run SunPCi.

Chapter 3, Starting SunPCi Software for the First Time describes how to install the SunPCi software. This chapter also contains instructions for installing Windows 95 or Windows NT Workstation 4.0 and Service Pack 4.

Chapter 4, Configuring Peripheral Devices describes how to connect peripheral devices (such as printers, serial devices, and audio devices) to the SunPCi card. Some of these connections require the optional add-on backplate (included in the SunPCi package).

Chapter 5, Using SunPCi Software outlines some helpful hints that you may find useful while running SunPCi.

Appendix A, Troubleshooting provides some possible explanations of problems you may encounter and suggests some possible solutions.

Appendix B, SunPCi International Support describes how to configure SunPCi to work with international keyboards.

Appendix C, SunPCi Performance Tips includes some suggestions on how to improve SunPCi performance.

Document Conventions

This manual uses certain document conventions. The following sections explain those conventions and how to interpret them.

Solaris Command Windows

In this guide, you are often instructed to open a command window when performing various tasks. Depending on your choice, you can use either a Solaris Command Tool window or Shell Tool window in OpenWindows. These two types of command windows are a standard part of the Solaris operating environment. In CDE, these command windows are called Console and Terminal windows.

Typographic Changes and Symbols

Table P–1 Typographic Conventions

Typeface or Symbol 




The names of commands, files, and directories; on‐screen computer output. 


Edit your .login file.

Use ls -a to list all files.

% You have mail.


What you type, when contrasted with on-screen computer output. 


% su



Book titles, new words or terms, words to be emphasized. 

Command-line variable; replace with a real name or value. 

Read Chapter 6 in the User's Guide.

These are called class options.

You must be root to do this.

To delete a file, type rm filename.

SunPCi Keyboard Accelerators

The SunPCi software provides keyboard accelerators (combinations of keys used as shortcuts) for many of the functions on the menus at the top of the SunPCi window. To see the available accelerators, hold down the left mouse button on the menu until the drop-down menu appears. Next to each command is the equivalent keyboard accelerator.

In CDE and OpenWindows, these accelerators use the Meta key (Figure P–1) in combination with another key. The Meta key is located on either side of the spacebar on your keyboard. To use any of the keyboard accelerators, hold down the Meta key and press the second key. For example, the Meta-E key combination means “press both the Meta key and the E key at the same time.”

Figure P–1 Sun Keyboard Meta Key


Customer Support

If you cannot find the information you need in this guide, call your SunPCi distributor or your local support center. For assistance outside the United States, contact your Sun sales representative.

Related Documentation

The complete documentation set for the OpenDOS operating system can be found on the World Wide Web at For information on the version of Windows you are using, consult the related Windows documentation.

The following table describes the related Sun documentation for SunPCi.

Table P–2 Related Documentation



Part Number 

Installation, hardware and SunPCi software  

SunPCi 1.1 Installation Guide


Installation (X-Option), optional 128-Mbyte RAM DIMM 

SunPCi DIMM Installation Guide


Important last-minute information on SunPCi 

SunPCi 1.1 Release Notes


Sun Documentation on the Web

The web site enables you to access Sun technical documentation on the World Wide Web. You can browse the archive or search for a specific book title or subject at:

The SunPCi product Web site is another useful resource. It contains the latest information on the SunPCi product, as well as links to software updates. The web site is located at the following address:

Be sure to check the product Web site regularly for software updates.

Sun Welcomes Your Comments

We are interested in improving our documentation and welcome your comments and suggestions. You can email your comments to us at:

Please include the part number of the document for which you are sending comments in the subject line of your email.