Getting 6.1 Sparc64 onto a Netra X1

Joshua Pincus joshua.pincus at
Thu Aug 31 20:02:02 UTC 2006


I had similar problems on a Sun Fire V210.  The problem is that your
cdrom device alias is wrong, hence OBP can't open the device.

On the Sun Fire V210, I figured out which bus the CD-ROM was connected to
through trial and error using a SCSI disk that I would plug into
different bus slots and
try to boot.

Eventually, I figured out the right bus and created a device alias for cdrom:

devalias cdrom /pci at 1c,600000/scsi at 2,1/disk at 6,0:f

(This is a printout of the entry from my nvramrc.)

You don't need the devalias to boot the system.  You just need the
complete path, like the one following the "cdrom" term as above.
Remember, the CD-ROM is nothing more
than a read-only hard drive.  In this case, I was able to boot by
sticking the CD-ROM at
SCSI device location 6 and booting from the same :f partition as you'd expect.

Coincidentally, I took the hard drive with FreeBSD on it and removed
it from the V210.
I placed it in my own Netra X1 and have been running FreeBSD ever since!


On 8/31/06, Christopher Martin <chris.m.maillists at> wrote:
> Sorry, sent previous mail from wrong account! That's what I get for
> doing three things at once!
> I have a Netra X1 that I'd like to use with FreeBSD. After hunting
> around, I found the following brief howto:
> Unfortunately, this doesn't work! This is what I get:
> Sun Netra X1 (UltraSPARC-IIe 400MHz), No Keyboard
> OpenBoot 4.0, 128 MB memory installed, Serial #50990484.
> Ethernet address 0:3:ba:a:d:94, Host ID: 830a0d94.
> Environment monitoring: disabled
> Executing last command: boot cdrom
> Boot device: /pci at 1f,0/ide at d/cdrom at 2,0:f  File and args:
> Evaluating: boot cdrom
> Can't open boot device
> Boot device: disk  File and args:
> Loading ufs-file-system package 1.4 04 Aug 1995 13:02:54.
> I have tried re-burning the CD and different CD Drives. Not sure what
> else I can do.
> Anyone have an idea?
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