8.2 fails to boot after install on Sun

Miller, Leonard lmiller at aai.textron.com
Wed Jan 4 14:40:06 UTC 2012

Thanks for responding.

Auto-boot is set to true and the boot device is set to disk.  When it boots, this is displayed:

FreeBSD/Sparc64 boot block
boot path: /pci at 8,600000/SUNW/glc at 4/fp at 0,0/disk at w21000004cf2fa3a3,0:a
boot loader: /boot/loader
file /boot/loader not found
Program terminated

Printenv shows boot-device is set to disk.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org] On Behalf Of James Edwards
Sent: Tuesday, January 03, 2012 11:09 PM
To: freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
Subject: Re: 8.2 fails to boot after install on Sun

On Tue, January 3, 2012 15:33, Miller, Leonard wrote:
> Hi,
> I have tried installing 8.2 Sparc on a Sun system multiple times, using
> different options, and each time I do, it takes me back to the initial
> options screen, where I have to exit the install, forcing it to halt.  I
> am never prompted to install a boot manager or anything else.  I always
> get through the install process, installing packages, adding users,
> network settings, etc.

Your install experience sounds normal and successful.  When you are
finished and exit the installer, it should take you to the openboot
prompt.  All you *should* need to do is type in 'boot', the system will
reboot and boot to disk.

You don't need to worry about a boot manager as multibooting isn't
supported on this platform.

> When I power cycle the machine and change the boot settings back to
> defaults, it fails to boot.

If it fails to boot, I'm assuming it is stopping at the OpenBoot prompt? 
Can you elaborate further?

What happens when you type 'boot disk' at the openboot prompt?  If it
boots, auto-boot may not be set correctly, which can be rectified by
'setenv auto-boot? true' at the openboot prompt.

If that does not work, what is the output of 'printenv' - specifically
what is 'boot-device' set to?

Also, some further reading on installing FreeBSD on sparc64:
-and for more detail-

Hope this helps,

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