[rescue] Replacing Solaris Express
jdboyd at jdboyd.net
Sat Nov 14 12:09:31 CST 2009
On Sat, Nov 14, 2009 at 09:37:29AM -0700, Bart wrote:
> I thought they were going to finish the graphical installer with
> opensolaris so that it worked on SPARC hardware.
> The problem with OS on SPARC is Xorg support for any of the good video
> cards (XVR600/1000/1200). I think the only thing supported with any
> sort of acceleration is the XVR-100 on pci and the XVR-300 on pci-e.
Well, in my case I'm particularly interested in sticking it on a server
anyway. However, I guess I'll have to start looking for a new video
card for the U80 if I want to ever upgrade it.
> As for net booting, I tried unsuccessfully for a week to netboot a SXCE
> image with no luck. I had to wait until my DVD showed up before I could
> successfully install it. I must say, I do like it however, and even my
> SunPCI III software still works (with a small modification). And the
> desktop stuff is indeed nicer in many ways.
Netbooting SXCE has always been trivial for me, since I bit the bullet
to actually do it. I just followed this guide:
The main difference for me is that I loop back mount the DVD to install
rather than actually stick CDs in the CD drive.
I believe that OpenSolaris doesn't netboot in the same manner though.
OpenSolaris will only WAN boot, and older OBPs can't do a WAN boot
(apparently WAN boot is not the same as the netboot method used by these
Actually, now that I'm regoogling instead of going from memory, perhaps
I could do OpenSolaris 9.06 on SPARC if I would just buy a scsi DVD
Those two pages say that I can do a wanboot from DVD, meaning I can
stick a SXCE DVD into the machine and then do:
boot cdrom -F wanboot -o dhcp
Eventually it will fail, and then I will have to log in in single user
mode, run a few commands, then log out to allow it to resume the
I wonder if at that point, it wouldn't just be simpler to do the full
OpenSolaris install from DVD?
> Glad I'm not the only person try to keep their blade alive :)
I don't actually own any blades, so I'm not actually trying to keep a
blade alive, I'm just trying to keep a U80 and E420 (among others) going.
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