Solaris 9 Installation Guide

Initial Installation of the Solaris 9 Operating Environment

Initial installation fails


If the Solaris installation fails, you must restart the installation. To restart the installation, boot the system from the Solaris 9 DVD, Solaris 9 Installation CD, the Solaris 9 Software 1 of 2, or from the network.

You cannot uninstall the Solaris software after the software has been partially installed. You must restore your system from a backup or begin the Solaris installation process again.

/cdrom/Solaris_9/SUNWxxxx/reloc.cpio: Broken pipe


This error message does not affect the installation.


Ignore the message and continue with the installation.

WARNING: CHANGE DEFAULT BOOT DEVICE (x86 based systems only)


This is an informational message. The default boot device set in the system's BIOS might be set to a device that requires you to use the Solaris 9 Device Configuration Assistant x86 Platform Edition diskette to boot the system.


Continue with the installation and, if necessary, change the system's default boot device specified in the BIOS after you install the Solaris software to a device that does not require the Solaris 9 Device Configuration Assistant x86 Platform Edition diskette.

x86: To Check IDE Disk for Bad Blocks

IDE disk drives do not automatically map out bad blocks like other drives supported by Solaris software. Before installing Solaris 9 on an IDE disk, you might want to perform a surface analysis on the disk. To perform surface analysis on an IDE disk, follow this procedure.

  1. Boot to the installation media in single-user mode.

     # b -s
  2. Start the format program.

    # format
  3. Specify the IDE disk drive on which you want to perform a surface analysis.

    # cxdy


    Is the controller number  


    Is the device number 

  4. You need an fdisk partition.

    • If a Solaris fdisk partition already exists, proceed to Step 5.

    • If a Solaris fdisk partition does not exist, use the fdisk command to create a Solaris partition on the disk.

    format> fdisk
  5. Type:

    format> analyze
  6. Type:

    analyze> config

    The current settings for a surface analysis are displayed.

    1. If you want to change settings, type:

      analyze> setup
  7. Type:

    analyze> type_of_surface_analysis


    Is read, write, or compare 

    If format finds bad blocks, it re-maps them.

  8. Type:

    analyze> quit
  9. Do you want to specify blocks to re-map?

    • If no, go to Step 10.

    • If yes, type:

      format> repair
  10. Type:


    The format program quits.

  11. To restart the media in multiuser mode, type:

    ok b