[rescue] Sun Blade 100: RESEND

Brian Howe bwhowe at gmail.com
Wed Feb 8 13:52:30 CST 2006

I have noticed over the years that the media itself is sometimes far
more important that I would like to believe. You may in fact be
burning a good image onto your media, but the drive you are reading it
from may not like the media itself.

I generally try to keep 2 to 3 different types of CDR media handy just
for this. It has saved my bacon more than once. Also, if you have a
spare cd drive that you can use, or an external drive that you can
hook up, that might make a difference.


On 2/8/06, Devin L. Ganger <devin at thecabal.org> wrote:
> At Wednesday, February 08, 2006 5:22 AM, Lionel Peterson wrote:
> >> From: Sridhar Ayengar <ploopster at gmail.com>
> >> Hi.  I'm trying install NetBSD/sparc64 3.0 on a Sun Blade 100 I just
> >> got (thanks Gary).  I got it to talk to a serial terminal, but when
> >> I try to boot from the NetBSD CD-ROM (ok boot cdrom), I get the
> >> error:
> >>
> >> Cannot read disk label.
> >> Cannot open disk label package.
> >>
> >> Cannot open boot device.
> >>
> >> The first time, I burned the CD using IBM Recordnow!  Thinking that
> >> it might have been causing the problem, I tried again using Nero
> >> disc-at-once mode.
> Unfortunately, I've seen this problem all too often. I've even had the
> fun experience of burning a disk and having it boot on one machine, but
> not another -- even when both were using the same model of CD-ROM drive.
> > Have you confirmed your burn process by downlaoding and burning a
> > different bootable ISO file (Say, Solaris 1 of 4 disc?) That will
> > eliminate your software compatibility questions... And confirm that
> > the CD or DVD-ROM drive is, in fact, bootable.
> > Never installed NetBSD on a SPARC or UltraSPARC, but my presumption
> > is that if there were a problem with the ISO file, the community
> > would have fixed it quickly...
> There's not a problem with the file per se, but I've noted in the past
> there's something about how it's formatted that makes it damn touchy
> regarding the combination of burner, burning software, and reading
> drive.
> You would think the Blades would have a more forgiving CD-ROM drive, but
> the last one I worked on made me jump through some serious hoops to get
> the Solaris 9 images burned in a format it would take. My problem ended
> up being the media -- I had to find some of the older CD-R media that
> was only 650MB and only worked in 4x burners.
> --
> Devin L. Ganger <devin at thecabal.org>
> Homepage: http://www.thecabal.org/~devin/
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