Solaris 8 (Intel Platform Edition) 7/01 Release Notes

Do Not Upgrade Hewlett-Packard (HP) Vectra XU Series Systems With BIOS Version GG.06.13

The Solaris 8 operating environment includes a new feature that enables you to install large partitions. The system BIOS must support Logical Block Addressing (LBA). BIOS Version GG.06.13 does not support LBA access. The Solaris boot programs cannot manage this conflict. The problem can also affect other HP Vectra systems.

If you perform this upgrade, your HP system will no longer boot. Only a blank black screen with a flashing underbar cursor is displayed.

Workaround: Do not upgrade HP Vectra XU Series systems with the latest BIOS Version GG.06.13 to the Solaris 8 operating environment because it no longer supports these systems.

You can still boot your system using the boot diskette or boot CD because the boot paths do not use the hard disk code. Then select the hard disk as your bootable device instead of the network or CD-ROM drive.