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Old 05-09-2007, 07:59 PM   #1
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Sparc Sunblade 100 not booting CD-ROM

Hi!, I am having the following problem. I cannot seem to boot from the CD-ROM on my Sun Blade 100.

Here is my current setup. I have a DVD-ROM on IDE 1 primary master, no slave. I then have on IDE2 2 IDENTICAL 20GB
hard drives.

I believe this is a hardware issue but before I go crazy and rip out the defective DVD-ROM I wanted to get some
feedback on if this is a boot-prom error.

Here is my boot prom settings. I have issued a set-defaults to reset all aliases to defaults. I also issued a reset-all
before grabbing any info.

Here is my error:

ok boot cdrom

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

Can't read disk label.

Can't open disk label package

Can't open boot device


First a probe-ide shows the following. #Clearly the DVD-ROM is detected

ok probe-ide

Device 0 ( Primary Master )

Removable ATAPI Model: HITACHI DVD-ROM GD-8000

Device 1 ( Primary Slave )

Not Present

Device 2 ( Secondary Master )

ATA Model: MDT MD200BB-00DGA0

Device 3 ( Secondary Slave )

ATA Model: MDT MD200EB-00CPF0


A devalias shows:

cdrom2 /pci@1f,0/ide@d/cdrom@2,0:f

cdrom1 /pci@1f,0/ide@d/cdrom@1,0:f

cdrom /pci@1f,0/ide@d/cdrom@1,0:f

disk /pci@1f,0/ide@d/disk@0,0

disk3 /pci@1f,0/ide@d/disk@3,0

disk2 /pci@1f,0/ide@d/disk@2,0

disk1 /pci@1f,0/ide@d/disk@1,0

disk0 /pci@1f,0/ide@d/disk@0,0


What I am unclear on is how to reference the CD-ROM on IDE controller 1-

I have done the following:

ok nvalias cdrom3 /pci@1f,0/ide@d/cdrom@0,0:f

ok boot cdrom3

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

failed to read super block

failed to read super block

failed to read super block

Boot load failed.

The file just loaded does not appear to be executable.


ok nvalias cdrom4 /pci@1f,0/ide@d/cdrom@0,1:f

ok boot cdrom4

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

Short disk read

The file just loaded does not appear to be executable.

Please let me know what I am doing wrong and if this seems like the CD-ROM is truely defective.

Old 05-09-2007, 08:41 PM   #2
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Assuming you checked the media on another reader, this looks like faulty H/W. Likely the drive itself.
Old 02-19-2011, 05:44 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by keysorsoze View Post
DVD-ROM on IDE 1 primary master, no slave. I then have on IDE2 2 IDENTICAL 20GB
hard drives.
ok boot cdrom
Boot device: /pci@1f,0/ide@d/cdrom@1,0:f File and args:
You need to change the devalias for your CD-ROM. Since it's a Primary Master, it should be cdrom@0,0:f, not cdrom@1,0:f.

To do this, run the following at the OBP;
devalias cdrom /pci@1f,0/ide@d/cdrom@0,0:f
(I have the same system, and remember running into that problem years-back.)


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