[SunHELP] SS20 Solaris 7 boot issue

Jerry Kemp sun.mail.list47 at oryx.us
Mon Jan 23 17:35:25 CST 2017

Hello Mark,

I have the same comments Peter had.  I was just looking at Wikipedia, and 
multiple articles seem to suggest your box should be good for Solaris 2.3 thru 
Solaris 9.

Is there a special reason you need to run Solaris 7?  My recollection was that 
it did not bring that much to the table.

2.6 was pretty stable, and I ran it on a lot of equipment for quite a long time, 
back in the day.  OTOH, If I were wanting/needing some newer features (i.e. 
IPv6), I would probably look towards Solaris 8.

It is also mentioned that Solaris 9 should run, but Solaris 9 was not my 
favorite.  I'm a OpenWin fan on one hand, and, even if I wasn't, I can't imagine 
that CDE would be especially pleasant on a Sparc Station 20.

Do you have other media?  Either for Solaris 7 or for other Solaris versions?


On 01/23/17 05:19 PM, Peter Stokes wrote:
> Hi
> Very weird, maybe to do with SX graphics, but never seen that error. Try copy
> of Sol 2.6 or 8 which should work fine. Did wonder if the boot rom version was
> a little low, but would not normally get to Ok prompt if not normally.
> Peter
>> On 23 Jan 2017, at 20:35, Mark Benson <md.benson at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> More problems...
>> The SPARCstation 20, which runs OPENSTEP 4.2 just fine and dandy, won't boot
> off my Solaris 7 CDs (either of them). IDPROM seems to be okay, no checksum
> errors or contents invalid warnings.
>> Screenshot below:
>> https://www.dropbox.com/s/zqq48ucu1c3uwv5/2017-01-22%2016.54.12.jpg?dl=0
>> I don't recall running Sol 7 on this thing, so I have no previous comparison
> for it.
>> Thanks,
>> --
>> Mark Benson
>> twitter.com/MDBenson
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