The following software issues apply to the Sun Ultra 27 workstation:
These issues apply to a Sun Ultra 27 workstation running the minimum supported Solaris OS, or later versions:
Xserver might fail to start on an Ultra 27 workstation running OpenSolaris 2009.06 with dual configuration (two) Nvidia graphics cards (for example, two Nvidia FX3800 graphic cards).
Use OpenSolaris 2008.11.
Use the inbox OpenSolaris Nvidia driver (for example, version 180.29).
This issue will be fixed in Nvidia video driver 185.XX.
This issue is under investigation.
On x64 systems, the Host ID is only created when you configure and use the preinstalled Solaris OS (on the HDD shipped with the system). When you boot the system for the first time, the Solaris OS will randomly generate a unique Host ID. This Host ID is for use with the software license. If you do not use the preinstalled Solaris OS, then there is no need for the Host ID. Because the Host ID is randomly generated during the initial boot, it is not provided on the CIS sheet that is shipped with your system.
Current released versions of the Solaris OS do not have support for RAID through the on-board ICH10R controller. However, RAID is supported through the LSI 3041E HBA controller card.
Open Solaris might fail when VT-d is set to Enabled in the workstation BIOS.
Before installing Open Solaris, access the workstation BIOS and set the VT-d option to Disable.
Open a terminal and type the following command:
# pkg uninstall NVDAgraphics
The following issues apply to a Sun Ultra 27 workstation running a Linux OS:
Red Hat and General Linux-Related Issues:
Open a terminal and run nvidial-xconfig -a and then restart X-server.
Download and install compat-libstdc++-5.0.7–121.1x86.rpm before installing LSI MSM RAID Manager.
Download and update the latest kernel from the Novell website at:
The following message will appear when launching Firefox:
/usr/lib/firefox/firefox-bin: error while loading share libraries: libasound.so.2: wrong ELF class: ELFCLASS64
There is a shared library error with the RealTek audio driver and the preinstalled Firefox web browser.
Download and install the latest version of Firefox at:
For Linux operating systems, the HAL Device Manager shows Unknown for CPU information.
This issue is under investigation.
For Linux operating systems, executing install.sh might cause a permission error message.
Manually mount the Tools and Drivers DVD using the following commands:
# init 3 (login as root)
# mount /dev/cdrom /mnt
where OS is either red_hat or suse
Current released versions of Linux operating systems do not have support for RAID through the on-board ICH10R controller, but RAID is supported through the LSI3041E HBA.
The following error messages might appear in dmesg and /var/log/messages:
kernel: ata2: spurious interrupt (irq_stat 0x4 active_tag -84148995 sactive 0x3)
This issue is under investigation.
The system can successfully PXE boot from the on-board Intel 82567LM-2 NIC, but Red Hat and SUSE installation setups fail to detect the NIC. Current released versions of Red Hat and SUSE do not support the Intel 82567LM-2 NIC.
Please wait until RHEL 4.8, RHEL 5.3, SLED10 SP3, and SLED 11 for built-in 82567LM-2 Ethernet support or perform the following workaround.
Install a PCI/PCIe NIC card, and then PXE install from the new NIC.
Do a CD/DVD installation, and then run the following command to install all (graphics, NIC, audio) drivers:
where tools_and_drivers is the location of the Tools and Drivers DVD, and OS is the directory of the operating system (either red_hat or suse).
The operating system installation setup does not detect the hard drive or CD/DVD media. You will have to configure SATA as IDE in the system BIOS to work around this issue.
See theSun Ultra 27 Workstation Linux, OpenSolaris and Solaris Operating System Installation Guide for instructions.
The following issues apply to a Sun Ultra 27 Workstation running Windows:
Windows Vista-Related Issues
Windows XP-Related Issuses
Windows—Related General Issues
During boot-up a Windows Vista system might halt resulting in a black screen and a failure to boot. Rebooting the workstation might resolve the issue.
This issue is under investigation
On SATA RAID systems, a blue screen might appear after you install the SATA RAID driver/manager from the Tools and Drivers DVD.
Enter the BIOS and change from ACHI to RAID mode if the system is configured as SATA RAID.
An incompatibility issue might exist between the Intel QuickPath architecture I/O hub and the Windows Vista OS.
Click Start —> Control Panel —> Problem Reports and Solutions —> Clear Solution and Problem History
Use Intel Matrix Storage Manager v8.8.0 or greater.
When the BIOS is set to AHCI on a Windows XP system with an LSI SAS HBA controller card, a blue screen error might occur. To resolve this issue, load the LSI SAS driver before the Windows XP installation process.
Access the BIOS Setup Utility (see To Access the BIOS Setup Utility in Sun Ultra 27 Workstation Service Manual).
Use the left or right arrow keys to navigate to the Advanced menu.
Use the down arrow key to highlight Integrated Device and press Enter.
Highlight the option to Configure Slot 0–3 and press Enter.
An Options pop-up window appears.
Highlight IDE and press Enter.
Press F10 to save and exit.
Reboot using the Windows XP installation media and follow the prompts.
When Press F6 if you need to install a third-party SCSI or RAID driver... appears at the bottom of the Windows Setup screen, press F6 and follow the instructions to install the LSI driver.
After installing the LSI SAS driver, continue with the Windows XP installation.
When the BIOS is set to RAID mode, the RAID driver must be installed before you install the OS.
Copy the RAID driver from the Tools and Drivers DVD to a USB floppy drive.
Connect the USB floppy drive to a USB port on the workstation.
The USB floppy drive must be connected directly to a USB port on the workstation. Do not connect to a USB hub.
Reboot the workstation and access the BIOS Setup Utility (see To Access the BIOS Setup Utility in Sun Ultra 27 Workstation Service Manual).
Use the Boot menu in the BIOS Setup Utility to verify that the USB floppy drive is seen by the workstation.
Press the Esc key to exit the BIOS Setup Utility and reboot the workstation using the Windows XP installation media.
When Press F6 if you need to install a third-party SCSI or RAID driver... appears at the bottom of the Windows Setup screen, press F6 and follow the instructions to install the RAID driver from the USB floppy drive.
Press S to specify an additional device.
A list appears.
Select the Intel ICH10R RAID SATA controller from the list and proceed with the installation.
Due to the limited size of the XP reburn CD, you must install audio and video drivers from the Tools and Drivers DVD.
Only IDE mode of RAID mode of SATA Configurations is supported when installing Windows XP.
During a Windows installation, you might encounter a blank screen if there is a Linux partition present on the hard drive.
If there is a Linux partition on the hard drive, run the wipedisk utility to erase the primary boot partition before you install Windows.
The wipedisk utility is available on the Tools and Drivers DVD by accessing the Erase Primary Boot Hard Disk (option 5).
Installing the Intel Matrix Manager Software from the Tools and Drivers DVD on non-RAID systems might cause a blue screen crash.
Do not install the Intel Matrix Manager on non-RAID systems. If you have the Intel Matrix Manager installed on a non-RAID system, boot the workstation using safemode and uninstall the Intel Matrix Manager software.