[SunHELP] problem with net-installing a sun ultra 60

Peter Stokes peter at ashlyn.co.uk
Thu Apr 18 01:13:05 CDT 2013

Hi Harald

I suspect an incompatibility with the Linux system

Never tried to setup non Sun as boot host, simple thing may be to
beg/borrow/Buy DVD for the U60, any SCSI one should be ok.

Sol 10 should work just fine on the U60

Peter Stokes
Ashlyn Computer Services
Tel: 01636 627990
Mbl: 07977 532320

On 17 Apr 2013, at 21:12, Harald Lapp <harald.lapp at gmail.com> wrote:

> hi,
> i am new on this list seeking for some help. i've bought a sun ultra 60 a
> while back and wanted to install solaris 10 on it (i am quite familiar with
> sun, having an ultra 10 before). my ultra 60 lacks a dvd drive, there's
> only a cdrom installed, so i wanted to try to install solaris over network.
> i've setup a linux machine for this task -- bootp, rarpd, bootparamd, nfs,
> everything setup properly (i am unable to use my ultra 10 for this task,
> because currently it's broken). anyway -- as far as i can see everything is
> set up properly on the linux side -- sun get's it's ip, loads the
> bootparams and get's access using nfs (checked by reading the logs and
> output of netstat on the linux machine).
> i am installing from openboot and output is as follows:
> Boot device: /pci at 1f,4000/network at 1,1 File and args: -
> 39e00 Using RARP/BOOTPARAMS...
> Internet address is:
> hostname: ultra60
> domainname: (none)
> Found @ mac-address
> root server: (
> root directory: /sol10u11/Solaris_10/Tools/Boot
> then there is the spinning '|' and after quite a wile where i see some
> activity over nfs on the linux machine the following error message appears:
> "Unsupported device parameter: seek"
> I am unable to dig anything useful up for this error message. I've tried
> with solaris 10 u10 and solaris 10 u11, as far as i known the ultra60 is
> supported by solaris 10 up to u11, isn't it?
> What could the error message mean? Is it some problem with my ultra60 or
> could it be an issue with my netinstall configuration? any help would be
> very appreciated.
> Thanks very much,
> harald
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