[rescue] ISO burning for Solaris booting

Dan Oglesby danielmoglesby at gmail.com
Tue Oct 10 18:04:10 CDT 2017

I remember dealing with 512-byte per sector CD writers vs 2048-byte
per sector writers back when I got started.  Is that still a thing on
newer Sun hardware?

I have a few SCSI based CD-R drives that have been 100% reliable
burning bootable media.  I've seen IDE based CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+/-RW
drives that wouldn't burn a Sun ISO properly so it would boot.  I
believe I have an Asus USB DVD+/-RW drive that has been used to write
bootable DVD and CD media a few years back.

I'll second Mike's suggestion for slowing down the write speed.  This
helped a lot on older, finicky drives when it came to booting and
running a successful installation.

Try different brands of CD-R/DVD media.  I've even burned to CD-RW
media and had that work before.  If all else fails, try a different


On Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 5:33 PM, Jerry Kemp <sun.mail.list47 at oryx.us> wrote:
> I can't speak for anyone else's experiences, and I'm not trying to cross
> Martin,
> but during the whole OpenSolaris/Nevada time period. I burned dozens upon
> dozens of bootable DVD using the cdrw command like this:
> # cdrw -i /full.path/solaris_dvd.iso
> Worked fine for both SPARC and x86/x86 system.  Yet to get to try Solaris,
> or any of the Solaris based distro's on PPC or ARM.
> Jerry Kemp
> On 10/ 9/17 03:41 PM, Earl Baugh wrote:
>> FYI -- On my V120 I'm still having issues getting ISOs to build a bootable
>> DVD.
>> Tried burning two different ways on my Mac and tried two different drives
>> in the machine.
>> No joy so far.   Following up on the Sun Enterprise 3500 thread about
>> having problems booting,
>> I'm wondering how others have gotten ISOs burnt that boot well.     I
>> don't
>> have access to another
>> drive for the box... I do have two more DVD burners I'm going to try (but
>> those two require I get another
>> machine re-constructed and booting).
>> Does the size of the blank DVD matter?
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