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Old 12-06-2009, 02:15 PM   #1
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Install issue: Error code 0 X 3. Suggestions?

Ok first me…
I am experienced enough to know to look before I leap. I know the win environment inside out and somewhat familiar with the operating principles of Linux/UNIX. That said, I am trying to learn all I can and welcome any and all advice you are willing to provide. I have run into a situation that Google cannot seem to provide answers for (rare, but not a first).

I am attempting to install Solaris 10 via DVD onto an x86 system.
I have an AMD Phenom 9500 processor on a Gigabyte GA MA770-DS3 motherboard w/2gig dual channel EEC ram. I am installing a 200 gig Seagate HDD (fresh out of the box) for a dual boot system, running XP on current drive.

Now my problem:
My first attempt at installing Solaris was a bomb:
'Error for command 'read sector' Error Level: Informational’
‘Sense Key: aborted command’
‘Vendor 'Gen-ATA ' error code: 0x3’

I have searched for a reason for this but nothing I find resembles my situation.
My DVD checks out, my bios is up to date, and my HDD is properly hooked up.

Could it be that my processor is unsupported, I read the compatibility list at the sun site and found other quad core AMD processors, seems this could be an issue.
Suggestions please.

Thank you for looking.

Last edited by stilllearing; 12-06-2009 at 11:09 PM.
Old 12-06-2009, 05:34 PM   #2
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It sounds like the Solaris 10 installer isn't recognizing your ATA hard drive.

I'd suggest posting to Solaris-specific mail groups, and asking about your particular motherboard/hard drive combination. For example:

This latter post suggests you might also want to look at (a newer version of) OpenSolaris, if (older) Solaris 10 is being uncooperative:

And, of course, there's always Linux ;-)

'Hope that helps .. PSM

Here's a little history:

Last edited by paulsm4; 12-06-2009 at 05:39 PM.
Old 12-06-2009, 11:08 PM   #3
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Completed: Install issue: Error code 0 X 3. Suggestions?

Attempted to load, Ubuntu, PCLinux, and Fedora without success so I moved onto the next stage and tried a win CD, the HDD is bad out the box. Unbelievable!! Never had a bad Seagate before and I have put a lot of them in. Ha Ha first time for everything I guess.

I still don't know if my processor is supported but I will in a few days.

Thanks everyone for looking and thanks to paulsm4 for your research into the issue.


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