6.2-RELEASE hangs on boot on Ultra 80

Kris Kennaway kris at obsecurity.org
Fri Jul 27 20:13:58 UTC 2007

On Fri, Jun 29, 2007 at 10:27:17PM -0700, brian dye wrote:
> Greetings,
> I'm trying to install freebsd 6.2-RELEASE on a Sun Ultra 80 expert
> 3D-Lite workstation. I've tried the bootonly and disc1 .iso files
> with no luck. In both cases the system hangs after the following
> message:
> ...
> Booting [/boot/kernel/kernel]...
> nothing to autoload yet.
> jumping to kernel entry at 0x0060000.
> The splash for this box reads:
> Sun Ultra 80 UPA/PCI (4 X UltraSPARC-II 450MHz), Keyboard Present
> OpenBoot 3.29, 4096 MB memory installed, Serial #51547294.
> Ethernet address 0:3:ba:12:8c:9e, Host ID: 83128c9e.
> This box has two expert 3D-Lite frame buffers. I've read  some other
> posts where the problem was with an unsuported frame buffer. If that
> is the case here what are some recommended or at least supported
> options for an Ultra 80?
> Any information you can provide will be appreciated.

You need to use the serial console.  It's not actually hung, it's just
not displaying any output on the system console while it boots.  All
support for the system console on sparc systems appears to have been
broken around Feb 2005.

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