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You are doing the right thing, but unfortunately are probably hitting some timing bug ...
I think you can overcome that by starting a graphical installation, and while you are under a window manager, launch a console window and do the rest of mounting and /etc/shadow editing the same way as suggested in the links.
Perhaps a text installation can also be stopped (^C), and let you under a root shell to go forward too.
The problem is not related to the CPU architecture (SPARC or x86 or x64).
It would have worked with you too if you had run the "df -k /" while logged in as a non root user on a regular Solaris session.
When you are in installation mode, / isn't mounted to the root slice, it's too soon ...
I do not support that, my opinion is that there should be not even a single user with root privilege.
Regular accounts should be given partial or full privileges on demand instead, just like with sudo or better with Solaris 10 roles (RBAC).
If you are lazy and don't want to explore these methods, the simplest way is to create an alias of root (same uid = 0), but a different loginname and password.