Solaris 10 Installation Guide: Network-Based Installations

Initial Installation of the Solaris OS

Initial installation fails


If the Solaris installation fails, you must restart the installation. To restart the installation, boot the system from the Solaris 10 DVD, the Solaris 10 Software - 1 CD, 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_10/SUNWxxxx/reloc.cpio: Broken pipe


This error message is informational and does not affect the installation. The condition occurs when a write on a pipe does not have a reading process.


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 10 3/05 Device Configuration Assistant 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 10 3/05 Device Configuration Assistant diskette.

Procedurex86: 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 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.

    • For the Solaris 10 3/05 release, boot from the media in single-user mode.

       # b -s
    • Starting with the Solaris 10 1/06 release, follow these steps.

      1. Boot from the installation media.

      2. When you are prompted to select an installation type, select option 6, Single user shell.

  2. Start the format(1M) 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. Determine if you have 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. To begin the surface analysis, type:

    format> analyze
  6. Determine the current settings, type:

    analyze> config
  7. (Optional) To change settings, type:

    analyze> setup
  8. To find bad blocks, type:

    analyze> type_of_surface_analysis

    Is read, write, or compare

    If format finds bad blocks, it remaps them.

  9. To exit the analysis, type:

    analyze> quit
  10. Determine if you want to specify blocks to remap.

    • If no, go to Step 11.

    • If yes, type:

      format> repair
  11. To exit the format program, type:

  12. Restart the media in multiuser mode.

    • For the Solaris 10 3/05 release, type the following command.

      ok b
    • Starting with the Solaris 10 1/06 release, type the following command.

      # exit