[rescue] Re: [SunHELP] Installing Sol 8 on SS5

Paul Khoury rescue at sunhelp.org
Mon Jun 11 20:47:46 CDT 2001

On Mon, 11 Jun 2001 21:02:25 -0400 (EDT), Dale Ghent wrote:

>On Mon, 11 Jun 2001, Paul Khoury wrote:
>| Okay, I finally got my other SS5 (one with 64MB of RAM in it). It came
>| with Linux installed, but I didn't even bother to check it out and
>| went straight to installing Solaris 8.  Unfortunately, since it wanted
>| a 512MB swap file or larger to do the install, I ended up using a
>| Micropolis 3.6GB drive intended as an upgrade for my webserver.  So I
>| format it and partition it (almost 3 hours of time), and then I get
>| connected command errors.  What is going on?
>Old and failing drive, perhaps? Do you know that this new drive is good?

It came from a RAID array that was supposedly never used.

>Micropolis drives arent known for their longevity.

Really?  I've never had one fail on me.  Of all my SPARCstations, Seagates fail on me quite frequently,
and Micropolis drives keep on going - I've had some going for like a year at a time without being
switched off (even if the machine reboots).

 What is the exact error
>you are seeing, and are you seeing it predictably under certain

It only occurs while trying to netboot the install part of Solaris 8.  Under Solaris 7, the drive
works fine, boots fine, installs fine, etc.
>Also, you dont need to format/newfs the drive if you're going to put a
>fresh installation on it. You just need to label it, which takes a matter
>of seconds to do.
Yeah, I just realized that.  After waiting 2 hours to format the damn thing.

Are there any real advantages to running Solaris 8?  Especially with only 64MB of RAM?
I'd like to go to 128MB eventually, 256 if possible, but that won't happen for
a while because of my sticky financial situation.


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