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This section describes firmware issues in the Oracle Solaris 11.1 release.
Some systems with BIOS firmware will not boot if the EFI_PMBR entry in the master boot record, which is the only partition, is not active. After installing Oracle Solaris 11.1, the system does not boot. The following message is displayed:
No Active Partition Found
Possible Cause 1: The system firmware incorrectly handles the boot disk, because the boot disk is partitioned with the GUID Partition Table (GPT) partitioning scheme.
Workaround 1: Invoke the fdisk program and then activate the Protective Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) partition on the boot disk.
Possible Cause 2: The system was originally installed in UEFI mode but rebooted in legacy (BIOS) mode.
Workaround 2: Install the system in legacy mode by changing the firmware setup option, for example, by selecting “Boot Mode” or a similar option.
Booting in UEFI mode from the ISO image is very slow, which is a known Oracle VM VirtualBox firmware issue.
On x86 systems, Oracle Solaris does not boot on disks with more than 2 TB LUN/Disk with 4 GB Emulex and Qlogic FC HBA cards.
The following error message is displayed for Emulex FC HBA cards:
error: no such device: 07528c2afbec7b00. Entering rescue mode... grub rescue> ls (hd0) (hd0,gpt9) (hd0,gpt2) (hd0,gpt1) (hd1) grub rescue>
No error message is displayed during the OS boot with Qlogic FC HBA cards. The boot fails silently because disks with more than 2 TB LUNs are invisible to the boot loader.
Workaround: Ensure that the system boot volume is less than 2 TB.