Sun U10 Installation Problem

Doug White dwhite at
Sat Jun 25 04:44:12 GMT 2005

On Mon, 20 Jun 2005, Robert Slade wrote:

> Hi,
> I have been trying to install Freebsd on a Sun U10. It tries to boot
> from the CDROM but I get short read the files does not appear to be
> executable. I have tried with bot 5.3 and 5.4. The boot only iso does
> boot though.

Make sure your devaliases haven't been messed with. You need to boot
partition f off the cdrom otherwise you will get the "The read file does
not appear to be executable" error since it'll get garbage instead of the
OBP-compatible bootblock. I was installing an AXi today and needed to do
"boot diskx6:f" to get the right thing to happen since the cdrom devalias
was for the internal scsi channel and diskx6 specified no partition.

Also I strongly suggest using a Sun-supplied CDROM drive and not a 3rd
party one. They do funky things to the firmware and 3rd party drives are
not likely to work.

Its also entirely possible the drive is old enough that it can't read
newer CD-Rs.

Doug White                    |  FreeBSD: The Power to Serve
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