[rescue] Sun3 SunOS 4.x help
barryc at rjlsystems.com
Mon Nov 10 10:44:43 CST 2003
I have a Sun3/80 that is giving me ulcers.
It has two disks in it - one 540MB drive mounted on /home, where all of my
important data is kept, and one 330MB with partitions for /, /usr, and
The system drive has bit the big one. It's developed three bad blocks that fsck
& format/analyze cannot repair, and as a result won't complete the process of
going into single-user mode, much less booting into multi-user mode.
When it does let me have a prompt, everything's left mounted read-only, and any
attempt to access /usr/etc results in screens of the OS complaining about hard
"No big deal," I say. I go into the storage area, and pull out an old 540MB
drive, a tape drive, and one of our copies of the SunOS install tapes.
The 540MB drive passes format/analyze cleanly, so I try booting the install
I have two copies of SunOS 4.x install media, and four tape drives designed for
this format of tape. To summarize several hours of headache, no matter what
combination of drive & tape I tried, I was unsuccessful in getting the machine
to boot to the install media.
So, a system that I REALLY need to have up and running is sitting dead.
Would anyone out there who is still running some Sun3 hardware be willing to
load SunOS 4.x (preferably 4.1.x) on a drive and ship it to me? I can provide
the hard disk. I would, of course, be willing to compensate you for your time &
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