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"No Disk Found" error during Solaris 8 CD Installation.

Hello!  Everyone,
I got one ULTRA sparc 5 at my home, and am trying to run it without Network (I tried a Cable of Comcast.Com, but the packet type seems to be different).   So, at this time, I want to run it without Network.   I have leanred basics of booting,
  ok cdrom    OR
  ok boot -s
  ok cdrom -s    .... so on.
Now, I have several times of Booting Step interruption after the OpenWindows appeared and Installation Console was running, just before System Identification.    The error window said,

"No Disk Found", please check the disk is cabled.   OR alike.

Does anyone have suggestion how to deal with this error message during Booting from OS CD?    Thank you.
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mkidoAuthor Commented:
Excume, "No Disk Found" error appeared after System Identification and before Whole lot of Sun Packages Installation (Copy).   Maybe also before the Partition setup (I am not sure, though).
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pshattuckCommented:
so you have done a

ok> boot cdrom


???
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mkidoAuthor Commented:
Yes, I did.   The above was my typo.   I did,

 ok boot cdrom      (regular boot, many trials)
 ok boot cdrom -s    (single user mode)

Only one time it went all the way of loading.   But after a few hours of operation, it hung and I wasn't sure how to resume it.   And when I hit the STOP-A and got the [ok prompt], I had no idea how to get back Common Desktop Environment (CDE).   So, again I got back to Solaris loading again.   A few times, I went a middle way of loading, and hit a few different interrupts.   But this " No Disk Found " is one of major interrupts, so I have to clear how to deal this error well.
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yuzhCommented:
You might have hardware problem, at ok prompt, type in:
probe-ide

to see if your box can see the IDE harddisk.

if not open the box, check the connetion between the mainboard and the HD, power
cable, IDE cable etc.

You might  need to replace with a new IDE HD as well.

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mkidoAuthor Commented:
Hello, yuzh.    That is a great idea.   I will try your command soon.   Tomorrow I have a class, so maybe, a little later.
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eralston73Commented:
Here is a bit of detail to help you out. Make sure you use a standard 40-leads ide cable if you want to add secondary drive as may be needed get 40-leads ide cable that allows to attach two devices. Use the cable select option if you are using two.

At the ok-prompt

probe-ide

If you do not see anything at this point I would check the cable and change it if you have not already done this.  Once you have done this see if you can see the disk

boot -r

If not I would try putting a new IDE drive as master and the old drive as slave and do the

probe-ide

you should see the original disk as the slave to the new disk. If this is the case just boot from the cdrom and re-install your OS on the master disk. Having the old disk as Secondary will allow you to get any information from it if it is still okay. As a Side note it may give you a chance to practice with Solctice disk suite.

boot cdrom

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mkidoAuthor Commented:
Hello!   yuzh and eralston73,
I tested
ok probe-ide
today, and here is the result.

Device 0 (Primary Master)
     Not Present
Device 1 (Pirmary Slave)
     Not Present
Device 2 (Secondary Master)
     Removable ATAPI Model :  CRD-8322B
Device 3 (Secondary Slave)
     Not Present
ok

Now, I see no hard disk is recognized.   I will open up the machine to re-wire the IDE cable, and replace the hard disk or add another hard disk or do something.   And get back to you.   It may take time, because I am a newbie for Machine maintenance about Sun Unix.   So, one moment please.
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mkidoAuthor Commented:
Hello!   I found that my hard disk (20 GB) died.  

When I received the machine from eBay.Com about two weeks ago, the hard disk was occationally alive.   But now the hard disk looks like completely dead.   No electrical circuit goes on in the hard disk.   When I plug another PC hard disk, that one is recognized.   So, one moment, I will get a new one at local retailer.   The hardware architecture seems for me, it is standard ATAPI (IDE) type hard disk.   It is no longer SCSI hard disk (I saw in Sparc Station 10).  

I will work on it, meanwhile if you have any comment, please add on.   Thank you very much for your good insights.    
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mkidoAuthor Commented:
To my surprise, inside of Ultra Sparc 5 is very similar to PC machine.   There are two IDE ports.   Now I purchase a brand new Hard disk (Maxtor 60 GB) at a local retailer, and as "Master" jumper, I plugged it.   As the result, "ok probe-ide" now showed,
Device 0 (Primary Master)
     Maxtor ATAPI Model :  xxxxx
Device 1 (Pirmary Slave)
     Not Present
Device 2 (Secondary Master)
     Removable ATAPI Model :  CRD-8322B
Device 3 (Secondary Slave)
     Not Present
This is what I wanted to see.   So, I went ahead
  ok boot cdrom
Now, I got one WARNING message,

WARNING:  /pci@1f,0/pci@1,1/ide@3/dad@0.0(dad0):
   corrupt level - wrong magic number.

I think this WARNING message is related with newly plugged hard disk.   I don't know how to deal with this "wrong magic number", so I ignored and went further ahead.   Installation went through so-so smoothly, and finally I got Solaris CDE screen.  
Thank you very much.   I keep open a little while, if anyone have suggestion about the "wrong magic number", and also observe the stability of CDE screen for a day.   Bye now.

What "dad" stands for?  
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eralston73Commented:
dad + "dad" (Solaris IDE Disk Driver) You say the install went so so.

Can you tail the /var/adm/messages

#tail -100 /var/adm/messages

And see if you are getting anything strange.
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yuzhCommented:
>>>Now, I got one WARNING message,

WARNING:  /pci@1f,0/pci@1,1/ide@3/dad@0.0(dad0):
   corrupt level - wrong magic number.


Ignore the above message, it always there for brand new HD, just perform the installation
and you will be ok.

Cheers!

PS: you installation will format the HD and lable it, after that "wrong magic number" will go away!
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mkidoAuthor Commented:
Thank you, yuzh and eralston73!  
Yes!,  Cheers!
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