fdisk cant located master boot file
Posted on 2002-03-03
I've got a Sparc 5 that used to be running RedHat Linux 7.1. I have just downloaded Solaris 9 Early Access CDs, and am trying to install it on this machine (to REPLACE Linux).
When the webstart begins, it tells me it is unable to format my hard disks! Then it drops me to a shell prompt.
If I try "format", go in and remove all slices, it tells me it can't find backup labels and fails to update the drive.
if I try "fdisk", it tells me it can't locate the master boot file at /usr/lib/fs/ufs/mboot.
I checked, and that file does NOT exist when I boot off the CDROM. I also tried booting off my Solaris 8 CDROM, and it TOO lacks that file!
My question is this. How the heck can I get Solaris 9 EA installed? I have a feeling this has to do with the Linux partitions on the drive, but I am not sure!
In PC land, I used to have to blank out the Hard Drives before FDISK could touch them. Without this, FDISK would tell me it couldn't delete a logical partition with drives define, then tell me no drives were defined!