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Manually Installing an Oracle® Solaris 11.4 System

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Updated: March 2019

Using the Device Driver Utility

The Oracle Device Driver Utility (DDU) reports whether the current release supports the devices that have been detected on your installed system.

Device Driver Utility Overview

The Device Driver Utility provides information about the devices on your installed system and the drivers that manage those devices. The DDU reports whether the currently booted operating system has drivers for all of the devices that are detected in your system. If a device does not have a driver attached, the Device Driver Utility recommends a driver package to install.

You can also use the Device Driver Utility to submit your system information to the HCL at https://www.oracle.com/webfolder/technetwork/hcl/index.html. Your system and its components are then listed on the HCL as "Reported to Work".

Starting the Device Driver Utility

The Device Driver Utility runs automatically when you boot an installed system. You can also manually start the Device Driver Utility after you have installed the Oracle Solaris OS. You must have the proper authorizations and credentials to use the utility.

If Oracle Solaris is already installed, use one of the following methods depending on whether the solaris-desktop package is installed.

  • GNOME desktop is installed:

    Type the following command:

    $ ddu
    image:Shows the Device Driver Utility window.
  • GNOME desktop is not installed.

    From a terminal window, type:

    $ ddu-text

    Without the GNOME desktop, the utility window appears differently.

    image:Shows the device driver utility window if desktop is not installed.

If Oracle Solaris is not yet installed, then boot the system. From the boot menu, choose Install Additional Drivers.

Note -  Automatic networking is set up by default when the text installer boots. If you are using DHCP, no further network setup is necessary to use the Device Driver Utility. If you are not using DHCP, select the Shell option on the initial menu, then use the appropriate commands to manually configure your network settings before using the Device Driver Utility.

The Device Driver Utility scans your system and then displays a list of the devices that are detected. For each device that is detected, the list displays information such as the manufacturer, the model, and the name of the driver that is currently managing the device.

If the utility detects a device that does not have a driver attached, that device is selected on the device list. You can display more information about the device and install the missing driver.