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Old 25th March 2013
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Smile [Solved] Sun Blade 2500 - boot fails

Hi folks.

I received my eBayed Sun Blade 2500, 4 Gb RAM, 1xUSIIIi@1,28GHz, diskless.
Diskless, but I wanted to try to boot, just to see.
A friend let me use his IDE CD-RW drive.

I burned a OpenBSD SPARC64 install CD with my mac, no error detected during the burn.

The OBP banner displays some tips : ethernet address, 4 Gb RAM ok, Open Boot 4.17.1

I must wait a few seconds, during the net boot, which logically fails, no tftp server installed.

I tried a cdrom boot, but it also failed :
Code:
ok>boot cdrom

Boot device: /pci@1e,600000/ide@d/cdrom@2,0:f File and args:
Bad magic number in disk label.
Can't open disk label package

Can't open boot device
I saw my friend stated his drive in Slave mode, I tried Master mode, no way :
Code:
ok>boot cdrom

Boot device: /pci@1e,600000/ide@d/cdrom@2,0:f File and args:

Can't open boot device
But the CD-Drive seems to be ok :
Code:
ok>devalias cdrom
cdrom        /pci@1e,600000/ide@d/cdrom@2,0:f
I only have one old CD-RW, so I can't try another today.
Tomorrow, I'll buy new ones, and try again.

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Not sure if you have seen this.

The link is a little dated and does not describe the install option of a usb drive. Installation from two 1.44 mb floppies is still doable and old, viable floppy drives tend to be cheaper than a new cdrom.

Also, before you put alot of time into setting up 5.2 be aware that 5.3 is due to be released May 1.
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Installation from two 1.44 mb floppies is still doable and old, viable floppy drives tend to be cheaper than a new cdrom.
After checking, no, this is not possible.

It's only possible to do a floppy install on Ultra 1/1E, Ultra 2, SPARCengine Ultra AX, AXe and AXi.
So, floppy install is not possible on a Blade workstation.

On a Blade, there's only 3 possibilities :
  • disk boot
  • net boot
  • cdrom boot
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Yes, I saw this page.

USB boot is not possible, because OBP doesn't have this option on my workstation.
Floppy install could be a solution, right, but I think you misunderstood me.

I don't intend to buy a new CD-drive, just new CD-RW discs.
My old CD-RW disc is a 13 or 15 years old CD, I think it's the source of the mess.
So, I bought new CDs to burn, and I'll try just after the dinner.

I also know 5.3 will be released soon, I use 5.3 snapshots on my OpenBSD VM.
I just want to try the Blade now, I'll install 5.3 later.
So I won't install ftpd, mysql or my documents on the Blade now.
I've got my OpenBSD 5.1 PC for that
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I was right : my CD-RW disc was the source of the trouble.

I tried with a new disc, the machine recognized the CD and launched the CD boot.

Now, another trouble.
OBP tells me :
Code:
Following devices are disabled :
ide
I found a solution on a forum, I'll try it tomorrow, my wife went to bed and the Blade is a noisy machine.

The tip I found :
Code:
To fix, send a stop-A (Ctrl-A F in minicom), you should have the OBP ok prompt :
{1} ok .asr
{1} asr-clear
{1} reset-all
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Worked fine.

The .asr command returns :
Code:
ok>.asr
ide                   Disabled by FWDIAGS
                      OBDIAG failure
The asr-clear command doesn't return anything on screen, and with the reset-all command, the machine reboots, and yeeeees, cdrom boot works !

Of course, I cannot install anything, diskless Blade.
But boot works, and I can access a minimal shell.

But the OBP screen is awful, black on white, and really slow.
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