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Installation Tips for Sun Solaris

These notes will assist you in installation of Solaris to hard drive 0 when the "Limit Primaries" option is not enabled in BootIt NG.

If you want to install the bulk of Solaris to a hard drive other than zero, then you can still reference these instructions just create a Solaris boot partition (BEh/190) on HD0 and the other partitions on the other hard drives.

(Solaris 8 Notes provided by Ton V.)

If you are using Solaris 8, then do not use the WebStart installation contained on the 'Installer CD' , instead boot (eventually via the floppy) the 'Software 1 (of 2) CD'.  This will bring up the 'Interactive Installation' which has no problems with predefined partitions.

This is documented in the Solaris 8 (Intel Platform Edition) Installation Guide however not very 'visible'.

Installation Notes (originally) provided by BootIt user Virantha M.   They have been modified for BootIt NG.

  1. Use the "Work with Partitions" dialog to create a new partition for the Solaris installation.
    • Select 130 ( Linux Swap/Solaris ) as the file system ID.
    • Name the partition Solaris 7.
    • I created a partition of 1192 MB
  2. From the desktop click on "Boot Edit"
  3. Click on the Add button to create a new boot item.
    • In the Name field enter Solaris 7
    • Tab to the "Boot" Field
    • Choose the Solaris 7 partition created in step 1.
    • Tab to MBR Details Section
    • Make sure Solaris 7 is the only visible partition. This is important.
    • Click OK to save boot item
    • Click OK again to save changes to boot menu.
  4. Click on the resume button to display the "Normal" Boot Menu.  
    • Boot the Solaris 7 item.
    • When the message "Partition is not bootable! Boot from diskette (Y/N)" is displayed
      insert the Solaris 7 boot diskette - Device configuration Assistant/boot
    • Click on Yes to boot from the diskette.
  5. In the Solaris installation Screen select 1. Solaris Interactive option
  6. Select software ...
  7. The "Select Disk Screen" should appear with a disk already selected.
    The size of this disk should be very close to the Solaris 7 Partition
    created in Step 1. In my installation I can see 1153MB as the size of
    the disk. This is normal.

    If for some reason the selected disk is not the correct size, skip to
    NOTES 1 and come back here to continue.
  8. Continue with the rest of the screens
  9. Select Auto Reboot at the last screen and remove the floppy.

    Installation continues and the machine will reboot after the installation.

    As the machine reboots you will notice that there is no BootIt NG menu
    appearing. This is because the Solaris installation has overwritten the
    MBR on the disk.

    Next steps are intended to reactivate BootIt NG.
    1. Reboot the PC to make sure Solaris reboots OK without any problems
    2. Put BootIt NG Floppy and reboot the PC
    3. From "Floppy Boot Menu" select Reactivate BootIt NG and click OK.
    4. Remove the diskette and click OK to reboot the computer.
    5. BootIt NG Menu is displayed. 

      That's All.


Now we have to try and force Solaris Installation to use our disk (Partition)

  1. In "Select Disk Screen" 

    Select EDIT FDISK option somewhere in the middle of the screen.
  2. In the "Customize fdisk Partition Screen" there will usually be two entries with headings:

    Partition Size

    a) Solaris Some Size
    b) Other the size here relates to the partition created in step 1

    Use the mouse to toggle Solaris --> Unused
    Other ----> Solaris

    Press OK
  3. Back in "Select Disk Screen"

    The selected disk should have a very similar size to the partition
    we created in step 1.
  4. Go to Step 8 in the previous notes.

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