Anyone know SunFire hardware

John Nielsen lists at
Wed Mar 4 14:19:51 PST 2009

On Monday 02 March 2009 01:57:21 pm Paul Schmehl wrote:
> We have FreeBSD installed on a SunFire box running two AMD Opteron
> processors. I was upgrading to 7.1 STABLE on Friday, and after
> installing the kernel I rebooted.  Now the box is completely unusable. 
> Does anyone know how to get a SunFire box to boot from the CD ROM?  Any
> changes I make to the BIOS seem to be completely ignored.  When I get
> to the FreeBSD boot loader, I lose keyboard, so I can't even go to
> single user mode.  Not being able to boot off the CD is a royal pita.
> I've done some Googling, and the most common answer seems to be "hit
> STOP+A", but there is no STOP key on an Intel keyboard.  Is there a
> magic incantation that will work?   Maybe the entrails of a young goat?

I've been working on an X2100 recently. Unfortunately it is running Linux 
but I was able to boot from both a FreeBSD CD (in an external USB CD 
drive) and a USB stick without issue. Keyboard was USB as well.

F2 should take you to the BIOS setup screen, make sure you save your 
changes before exiting.. pretty standard AWARD-type BIOS. There's one 
screen where you can set the boot order between cdrom, hard drive, etc. 
and another submenu where you can set the hard drive boot priority.



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