FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE - Trouble Booting on SPARC64 - kmem_suballoc error

Garrett R. Groesbeck garrett.groesbeck at
Sun Feb 26 22:58:31 UTC 2012



I hope you are well. I've been working on a Sun Blade 2000 with FreeBSD 9.0
(sparc64) installed.


There's trouble with /boot/loader.conf when you try to boot the install disc
(and even after the install when I try to boot up):


panic: kmem_suballoc: bad status return of 3
cpuid = 0
KDB: stack backtrace:
 #0 0xc079841c at ??+0
 #1 0xc04ca59c at ??+0
 #2 0xc0487f90 at ??+0
 #3 0xc0098028 at ??+0


So when it gives me the chance to enter a boot command, I enter the


OK set hw.physmem=1048576000

OK boot


That seems to do the trick. And I've since added it to loader.conf so I
don't have to enter the command each time I boot up.


Please let me know if there's anything I can do as I'd like my machine to be
able to utilize the full memory capabilities.


Thank you,


Garrett Groesbeck

garrett.groesbeck at


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