Anyone else having problems with Solaris 10 and WD SATA drives?

Posted by Bill Bradford on Mar 18, 2010

I’m at my wit’s end, here, so I’m posting in hopes that someone else might have had this problem.

I finally got all of the hardware for the new SunHELP server in place at the remote colo (in Austin),
and shipped them the disk (WD RE3 1TB “Raid Edition” SATA). It arrived and was installed in the system today.
The T1000 has the latest firmware for the OBP and ALOM installed as of last Friday.

The disk was fine when I tested it here before shipping, and didn’t have any problems during the (jumpstart) install. However, after install (with zfs root pool on the single disk) and reboot, I get a ton of these:

WARNING: /pci@7c0/pci@0/pci@8/scsi@2/sd@0,0 (sd1):
        Error for Command: write(10)               Error Level: Retryable
        Requested Block: 369161036                 Error Block: 369161036
        Vendor: ATA                                Serial Number:      WD-WMAT
        Sense Key: Unit Attention
        ASC: 0x29 (power on, reset, or bus reset occurred), ASCQ: 0x0, FRU: 0x0

Never anything more than a “Retryable” error level. “zpool scrub” says I have no errors. The disk is using
the same SATA and power cables that were plugged into the “factory” 80G SATA disk, which worked fine before
it was removed to put in the 1T drive.

If anyone else has seen issues like this with WD SATA drives and SPARC systems, please let me know.

Update: I’d like to publicly thank Hichael Morton for buying and overnighting a Hitachi 1TB SATA disk so that the server upgrade can go as planned while I figure out what the problem with the Western Digital disk is.

Sun Spotted in the Tron Legacy Trailer

Posted by Bill Bradford on Mar 9, 2010

A number of people have emailed me about a “sort-of” Sun spotting in the new Tron Legacy Trailer.

A computer console shows a system type of

SolarOS 4.0.1 Generic_50203-A2 Sun4m i386 Unknown.Unknown

Click the image for a full-sized 1080p screen capture.

UNIX Serial Port Resources Updated

Posted by Bill Bradford on Mar 8, 2010

Martha Starkey was kind enough to send in some updates for the Sun PPP resources page.