intel solaris 8 install questions

im new to solaris but im trying to install intel solaris on a dell dimension and dual boot it with windows 2k.  i have 2 partitions on 1 physical disk... so far i am having 2 problems when doing the install

1.  if i choose that i am connected to a network and choose dhcp i get an error to the effect of "bad ip address"  to get around this i restart the intall and choose that im not connected to a network

2.  i am getting the error,, either disk isn't formated of no disk or something like that,,, but it never even prompts me for which partion or disk to even install the OS on?

any help would be appreciated....
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mikeleebrlaAsked:
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PsiCopCommented:
Are you installing W2K or Solaris first?

Have you wiped the disk before starting?
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mikeleebrlaAuthor Commented:
w2k is already installed

the partition im trying to install solaris on  is an unformated partion,,, the other partition (where w2k is) on the same physical disk is NTFS
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avrajesh_99Commented:
Hi Mike,

as given in your comment that you are trying to install in a unformatted partition, but you should have FREE space prior to install of Solaris O.S.

So, you have to again boot into windows and remove the partition to have free space on the system and then try to boot from Solaris CD-ROM
And initially you will seeing all the devices installed in your system will be probed and after that the system will ask you for the source of installation files.
Then you will be given option to create a solaris boot partition - for which you have to give some part of your free space, so in this free space solaris writes the boot files which specifies where the windows boot partition is available.
If you have any issues while probing the devices, you may most likely get the video or multimedia or network cards will pose some kind of problem, to rectify them you have to do trial and error method to isolate the problem device and then proceed to install the O.S.
After the installation of the O.S is successful. At the restart of the system you will see the solaris boot menu, in which you will see a link to go to windows partition.

HTH,

GoodLuck
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mikeleebrlaAuthor Commented:
i resolved the issue on my own but will award points anyway,,, thanks for your time.
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mikeleebrlaAuthor Commented:
i have unlimited points since i answer so many questions here, so i don't care about giving them away.
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