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I am trying to install Solaris 8 on an Ultra 10 Workstation.  I can see the hard drive from the ok prompt when I do a probe-ide.  It comes back with the hard drive and cdrom drive.  When I start going through the install, it always tries to install on the swap partition, which defaults to 507mb.  Because of this I cannot install Solaris because the installation is much bigger then 507mb.  How can I get the installation to install the c0t0d0s0?  Also, is there a way to make sure that the drive is recognized by the software
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by:yuzh
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What size is your hard drive, install Solaris 8 to a Sun box should be very straight forward.  If your hard drive is bigger than 2GB, you can install Solaris 8 on it.

To install Solaris 8 to the box, use Solaris 8 Sofware CD 1 of 2
to boot up, when it goes to select hard disk, you select  c0t0d0, then partion the disk (disk layout, if you don't know how, use auto laylout, I don't like auto layout myself, then use
customized layout to change the size of each partion/file system, BTW c0t0d0s0 just a partion name, normally for the root filesystem).

If you still have trouble, please read the installation guide in:
http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/coll/214.7

PS: Ultra 10 use IDE HD, if your hard disk is too small, you can
      buy an 40/80/100GB HD to put it in, they are verp cheap these days.

      Good luck!
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by:cbones
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Thank you for the information.  Still have the same problem.  Tried a number of different drives and it does not read the disk during the install.
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by:yuzh
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Can the box see the hard disk correctly?, at ok prompt, type
in:
probe-ide

if not, you need to check your disk connection including the cabling.

Could you please give some information about your hard disk?
size, made and model etc.

How did you partion the hard disk when you try to install Solaris 8? please post your disk layout.

If you are using large hard disk (should < 128GB IDE), you should also update the OBP (patch 106121-18, please read the readme file for installtion details).

Solaris 8 is getting old, you should consider install Solaris 10 or 9 instead, you can download it from:
  http://www.sun.com/software/solaris/binaries_program.xml
  http://www.sun.com/software/solaris/9/

Please give all the information if you need more help.

Good luck!

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by:cbones
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I do a probe-ide and Solaris recognizes the hard drive and cdrom.  When I start the install, it returns with no disks were found that can hold the Solaris install.  It gives me a swap partition of 507mb.  I tried several different disks.  Seagate, Western and Maxtor.  The original disk was a Seagate Barracuda, so I thought it would be best to stay with that brand.   Different sizes as well (80GB, 160GB and 500GB).
As for the partitions, I do not have an option to partition the drive because it is not available during the install.

I will try and install Solaris 10 tomorrow and see what comes about.

Thank you Yuzh.
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>>When I start the install, it returns with no disks were found that can hold the Solaris install.

Please check your IDE cable and power cable to the Harddisk, and make sure the Hard driver jumper is set to Master.

also please post the out put of OBP command:
probe-ide

80GB IDE is good enough for Solaris 8 (you might need to upgrade the OBP), do you have any 20GB or 40 GB IDE to try?
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by:cbones
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Here is the output of probe-ide:
Device 0 (Primary Master)
             ATA Modal: ST3500630A
Device 1 (Primary Slave)
             Not Present
Device 2 (Secondary Master)
            Removable ATAPI Model:  CRD-8483B
Device 3 (Secondary Slave)
            Not Present

show-disks:
a) /pci@1f,0/pci@1,1/ide@3/cdrom
b)/pci@1f,0/pci@1,1/ide@3/disk
c)/pci@1f,0/pci@1,1/ebus@1/fdthree@14,3023f0
q) No Selection
Enter Selection, q to quit:

Thank you.
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by:cbones
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I installed Solaris 10 today and it recognized 130GB of an 500GB Drive.  So Solaris 10 recognized the drive during install.  I had to install 10 first to install Solaris 8.  Is there anyway to get Solaris to recognize the whole 500GB Drive?

Thank you for your help and the links.  It worked.

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I have never try to install Solaris 8 on any IDE HD > 120GB

which release of Solaris 8 are you using, you can download the latest release 2/04 from:
http://www.sun.com/software/solaris/8/
it has better hardware support than the older release.

Please update the OBP before you try, 500GB IDE might not work.
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