Solaris 10 Installation Guide for IBM BladeCenter Servers

Solaris 10 6/06 Bugs and Issues

This a list of bugs and issues that you should be aware of when installing and using the Solaris 10 6/06 OS on IBM BladeCenter servers:

6303855: ATI Driver Performance Might Result in Slow Mouse Responsiveness

Description: On IBM BladeCenter servers that are equipped with the ATI Rage XL video chip, mouse responsiveness might be visibly slow if the system is under load.

Workaround: Download and apply the lastest revision of patch 118966 or install at least the Solaris 10 11/06 OS.

6337987: Serial Over LAN Connection Does Not Work When Using e1000g Driver

Description: The BladeCenter HS40 Server has an onboard Intel NIC that is supported by the e1000g driver. This driver does not currently provide full support for Serial over LAN (SOL) connections. While it is possible to initiate the connection, the login prompt is never displayed.

Workaround: Download and apply the latest revision of patch 118855 or install at least the Solaris 10 11/06 OS. For step-by-step instructions on setting up an SOL connection, see How to Set Up a Serial Over LAN Connection.

6396086: Absolute Mouse Type Event Not Delivered to Xorg Server Startup During Hot-Plug of Mouse

Note –

The installation of patch 118966 introduces this problem. See 6339315: Bad Compiler Induces IBM BladeCenter HS20 Resets for more information.

Description: The absolute mouse type event is not delivered to the Xorg server startup during a hot-plug of a mouse in a system. As a result, both of the mouse pointers are not located in the same position on the screen. When you move the mouse, the mouse pointers diverge further away from each other. The divergence between the two mouse pointers depends on the X server resolution.

Workaround: Download and install the latest revision of patch 118855 or install at least the Solaris 10 OS 11/06 OS.

6416708: Asy Driver Does Not Recognize Serial Port 2 on BladeCenter HS40 Servers

Description: On BladeCenter HS40 servers, the /dev/ttyb device might not be created. The Solaris OS uses the ACPI table to determine which serial ports are present on a system. Because the BIOS on the BladeCenter HS40 does not list COM2 in the ACPI table, the /dev/ttyb device is not created.

Workaround: Download and apply the latest revision of patch 118855 or install at least the Solaris 10 11/06 OS.

6445356: Xsun -probe of Crash Server Prevents Solaris OS Installation on IBM BladeCenter HS20 Servers

Description: When the Xsun -probe command enumerates the PCI bus during installation of the Solaris OS, it reads the PCI configuration space for all possible PCI devices and all possible functions. Some BladeCenter hardware only supports functions 0 and 2. When function 1 is accessed, non-maskable interrupt (NMI) interrupts occur, causing the management processor to reboot the machine.

This problem occurs on the BladeCenter HS20 server, Model 7981.

Workaround: Update the system BIOS on the BladeCenter server to disable the Reboot on NMI option.

    Follow these steps:

  1. Turn on the power to the BladeCenter server.

  2. Press F1 when the prompt to Press F1 for Configuration/Setup is displayed.

  3. Select Advanced Setup -> Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) Settings -> Reboot System on NMI.

  4. Press the Right arrow or Left arrow key until the Disabled option is selected.

  5. Press the Esc key twice.

  6. Select Save Settings.

  7. Follow the instructions that guide you through the installation process.

    The system appears to hang when the following message is displayed.

  8. Do one of the following:

    • Eject the CD and manually power cycle the system.

    • Eject the CD and power cycle the system through the BladeCenter Management Module.

  9. When the installation has completed, log into the system.