E450 installation problems

Doug White dwhite at gumbysoft.com
Sat Jun 12 22:01:48 GMT 2004

On Sat, 12 Jun 2004, jml wrote:

> I'm trying to install 5.2.1 on an E450 from CDROM (generated from
> 5.2.1-RELEASE-sparc64-bootonly.iso).
> Unfortunately, after finishing partitioning I get:
> Unable to find device node for /dev/da0b in /dev!
> The creation of filesystems will be aborted.
> I tried jumping to a shell to run mknod but mknod doesn't seem to be
> anywhere.

5.x uses devfs so device nodes are created automatically. What is the
partition layout you're setting up in sysinstall?  Partition b is usually

How do you have the disks cabled in the machine? What controllers are you
using?  Your dmesg seems to be finding one of the builtin channels (the
one the CDROM is attached to) but no others.

How many Ethernet interfaces does this machine have? I'm counting 9, so
that's probably 2 quad cards and the one builtin.

Also unattached devices won't show up in the boot messages unless you use
-v. Check 'pciconf -lv' to see if the device is out there.

> sym0: <875> port 0x400-0x4ff mem 0x12000-0x12fff,0x10000-0x100ff at device 3.0 on pci0
> sym0: No NVRAM, ID 7, Fast-20, SE, parity checking
> sym1: <875> port 0x800-0x8ff mem 0x16000-0x16fff,0x14000-0x140ff at device 2.0 on pci0
> sym1: No NVRAM, ID 7, Fast-20, SE, parity checking

Here's the factory controller for the first 4 disk slots.  I'm guessing
only 1 slot is populated.

> da0 at sym0 bus 0 target 0 lun 0
> da0: <SEAGATE ST39173W SUN9.0G 7063> Fixed Direct Access SCSI-2 device
> da0: 40.000MB/s transfers (20.000MHz, offset 15, 16bit), Tagged Queueing Enabled
> da0: 8637MB (17689267 512 byte sectors: 255H 63S/T 1101C)
> cd0 at sym1 bus 0 target 6 lun 0
> cd0: <TOSHIBA XM6201TASUN32XCD 1103> Removable CD-ROM SCSI-2 device
> cd0: 10.000MB/s transfers (10.000MHz, offset 16)
> cd0: cd present [34044 x 512 byte records]

I can't say that I've seen a 450 with a hardware raid card. Not to say
they don't exist, just that I've never seen one in any production E450 :)

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