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How to install Solaris x86 from HD rather than CD-ROM?

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Hello,

I would like to install Solaris x86 on my computer.  I don't have a compatible CD-ROM (IDE/SCSI) but I do have TONS of disk space.  I would like to try copying the CD-ROM onto a hard disk, and then booting up with the install floppy, and loading the install software from the hard disk the CD-ROM was copied to.  The trouble is, I don't know how to make the proper filesystem on my (IDE) hard disk.  I have tried dd'ing from the CD-ROM device onto the hard disk, and the boot floppy was able to load the kernel (at least the boot sector maybe) from the hard disk, but then it crashed.

I have DOS/Win3.1, Win95, OS/2, Linux, and FreeBSD at my disposal.  If anyone knows of any utility I can use to make a Solaris x86 filesystem on my hard disk and then copy the CD-ROM contents to it, I would be very grateful.

Thanks,
-Alex
 alex@santa.asf.alaska.edu
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I had the same trubble,i have a diferent alternative, I looked for a machine that the solaris boot diskette found a CDROM and installed on that machine solaris 2.5 once installed, I returned to my old machine and made a sys-unconfig so i could configure to my local monitor mouse and ethernet intface. just type as root
sys-unconfig and it will gide you all the way.
generaly is easyer to get solaris see a hard disk that a CDROM, the problem sems to be with the particular machine bios, because the same cdrom is seen on a machine and in mine not, both are compaq but mine is allitle older so it has a older bios.

A second alternative is to install a install server, you must have a solaris machine running, and when installing you could give the optinon boot from net, but setting up a install server is a lot of truble if you are going just installing one machine.

for the option of copying the software to a hard disk you will have to do an exact image of it on the hard disk, so the boot diskete could find the data where it is suposed to bee, and i am not shure it would work.

Hope I could Help you.
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