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I haven't yet spent the dinero to get Solaris 9 x86, been using the Solaris 8 2/02 version I dl'd for free a while back. But the only place I had problems with that was on a Dell Inspiron 8200 (Intel P-4 mobile). Solaris didn't care for the H/W implementation, crapped out during install. I think it was the NIC/Modem that it didn't like. However I could install it in a vmware instance on the same box with no troubles (aside from no X).
I have successfully installed it on other laptops/PC's, some custom, some name brand, such as a Sony Vaio and an IBM Thinkpad (laptops).
Originally posted by g_goblin It's sort of weird coming from the x86 world and looking at the Sun hardware when you have 3+ Ghz out there.
don't be fooled by that.
sun processors run on a 64-bit architecture with a true 64-bit OS on top of that.
Considering that sun have always had 64-bit processors while AMD is just releasing the first 64-bit processor now puts things into perspective... especially when there isn't even a 64-bit OS to support it (windows 64 will be coming out next year though).
Sun architecture is designed for high/medium end computing, which can be downgraded for desktop computing.
Intel are working the other way around...
edit (added below)
with X86, you usually have to build your hardware around the X86 distribution of Solaris that you're wishing to install. If possible try to grab the latest edition of X86 which will have a more extensive range of drivers availible for the hardware out there.
Re: Who has actually gotten Solaris 9 x86 To Install?
Originally posted by g_goblin I've tried it on three different machines. Two Dells and one home made and they all crapped out at different points.
I think I wasted $20.
Got lucky as:
a) Its a free download again,
b) installed almost "out of the box" on the crappy eMachines 550 that my wife found in the next doors trash (Intel ZX based Mobo, PIII 550, 96 megs of RAM). The video card (a cut down TNT2 w/ 8Meg) did not work correctly in CDE - (visual tearing). I think this was due to the system recognizing it as a std TNT2. I fixed this by installing an old 3dfx 3000 and installing the XFree port and drivers kit from Sun.
My saving grace was the NIC I dropped into the box. I bought a couple of Intel Pro 10/100 cards years ago. I LOVE THIS CARD as every OS I have ever tried has drivers built in for them (Sure I paid $100 CDN when I could have gotten Bargain Brand at $30 but the extra was worth it).
Re: Who has actually gotten Solaris 9 x86 To Install?
Originally posted by g_goblin It would be nice to see if any of you guys/gals out there have installed it succesfully and what type of hardware you are running it on.
I have it running the following system:
GF mx440 graphics card.
Intel 8255x NIC
Solaris8 couldn't find a suitable driver for the graphics card, but it works great in Solaris9.
Those Intel NICs are great!
I haven't installed a (network) OS which doesn't have a working Intel-driver included.
Life is so much easier when you have network access...
I was succesful in getting it installed. I built a box, using the HCL as a guide and made sure that each piece of hardware was supported. Truthfully, when I did it the first time I had no idea what I was doing and pretty much just made choices hoping they were right, and I guess I did ok since it did run. The only problem was the network card did not work, but I believe I needed to install a driver for it. I recently put on an unmetionable O/S on the box to test something out, but in the next couple of days I will be re-installing Solaris, hopefully I will understand what I am doing a little bit this time.
Managed to install it successfully on a Gateway 350 mhz machine I picked up from a PC liquidator. Had my Windows setup in place, started with the Software #1 CD (don't waste time with the Install CD), all went perfectly smooth except the boot loader. Checked an excellent Sun FAQ at http://www.sun.drydog.com/faq/, reinstalled the Sun boot manager in the boot block, and I was ready to go.
I also had problems on a PC I built from parts, with an Intel mobo and a TNT chipset video card. Video cards and NIC cards are probably the biggest roadblocks on an install. Never tried to fix it because I have Sun hardware (an Ultra 5 and Sparc 20) for Solaris now.
Good luck - post a reply if you can get a specific error message.