Solaris 10 5/09 Release Notes

Solaris Installation GUI Program Might Fail on Systems With Existing x86 fdisk Boot Partitions (6186606)

The Solaris installation GUI program might fail on a system with an existing x86 boot partition. The failure occurs if the existing x86 boot partition was created with the Solaris text-based installer. The following error message is displayed.

Default layout will not work on this system.
Error: ERROR: Could not create explicit fdisk partition on c0t0d0,
requested cylinders 14581 - 14597 in use by fdisk partition 1
Error: ERROR: System installation failed
Pfinstall failed. Exit stat= java.lang.UNIXProcess@a89ce3 2 
artition on c0t0d0, requested cylinders 14581 - 14597 in use by fdisk
partition 1  ERROR: System installation failed

Workaround: Choose one of the following workarounds.

Workaround 1: When the installation program prompts you to select an installation type, select 3 Solaris Interactive Text (Desktop Session).

Workaround 2: If you use the Solaris installation GUI program, follow these steps.

  1. Begin the installation.

  2. At the prompt to select an installation type, select Custom Install.

    The custom installation panels prompt you for information about the locales, software, and disks that you want to install.

  3. Answer the questions on the screens as appropriate for your system.

  4. On the Fdisk Selection screen, check the disk that contains the x86boot partition.

  5. Remove the x86boot partition by changing it to UNUSED in the pull-down menu.

  6. Add the x86boot partition back by changing UNUSED back to x86boot.

  7. Continue the installation.