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After a perfect installation of solaris 10, when booted from grub menu, it restarts the computer always.

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After a perfect installation of solaris 10, when booted from grub menu, it RESTARTs the computer always.

The computer is a laptop( asus model a6r )
Motherboard: Asus
Processor: celeron 1600 mhz (dothan)
memory: 1gig and 256mb
hardisk partitions: 4 (all primary)
partition1: solaris
partition2: ntfs(windows running good when booted with grub menu)
partition3: ntfs(my personal files)
partition4: ntfs(ready to format with unix linux(centos5)

And even if I install the opensolaris (v5.11) the computer just HANG when booted after grub menu.

But when I install it in my desktop computer, its running fine and sweet.


Any ideas?
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Do you get any messages on the console at all?
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Thank you for the quick response.

No!. no display at all, just restart itself.

So!. I edited the line "kernel /platform/i86pc/multiboot"
and change it to "kernel /platform/i86pc/multiboot -v"

And it displays about the processor and some other words like offset numbers 0xff ???, and I can't understand.



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Ops! sorry.

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and then restarts again.
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Try it with -kv instead of just -v. This should drop you into the kmdb debugger if anything happens that causes it to reboot. Once in the debugger, you can type $c to get a stack trace. This should give a clue as to what is happening.
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Hello

I'm on kmdb.

When I issue a command $c
This is the messages:

kaif_enter+7()
kdi_dvec_enter+0xa()
debug_enter_0x32(fec091b4)
panicsys+0x36c(fe8809d4, fec35154, fec39bb4, 1)
vpanic+0xbd()
panic+0xf(fe8809d4, d, fe880bd8, fe880acc, fec3522c, 0)
die+0xc1(d, fec3522c, 0, 0)
trap+0xa8f(fec3522c, 0, 0)
_cmntrap+0x9b()
wrmsr+0xd()
hat_kern_setup+0x1b()
startup_vm+0xa9()
startup+0x32()
main+0x1b()
0xfe800342(fe800000)
kobj_init+0x1c3(100ff88, 0, 100ff08, 1025c90)
_kobj_boot+0x441()
0x10000d9(fe882cb0)
0x1008557()
0x1000072()


I've been installing unix solaris for years but can't understand that error.

I hope you know this one.


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Two things to try. Try booting in 32-bit mode instead of 64 bit ("kernel /platform/i86pc/multiboot  kernel/unix"). Also, try doing the -kv thing and running "panicstr/s" in the kmdb.
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Hello

My laptop is not capable of 64bit mode, it is only 32-bit mode arch.

And so as the solaris 10 installer is a x86 32bit.


Thank you for the quick reply.


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Okay. Did you get a panic string listing?
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Hello

When I issue the command "panicstr/s", a 3 blinking characters with background highlights, and when a command is "panicstr/S", a "\724\t\610\766" output.


Thanks.


I repartition my laptop hardisk to: primary(windows[ntfs]), primary(linux), primary(solaris[active]), extended->(fat32, linuxswap).

But still restarts.
Probably any partition system will always restart.


Any other ideas?


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Hello Sir Blu

I do believe you can help me on this kind of problem.
I've looked your profile, and was surprise that your a sun tech support :)


Glad to know you.

I'm just wondering of where could be the problem.

I's it on my bios conf? or the hardware itself? (but unix linux is running fine).


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It looks like there isn't a panic string set, that the panicstr is uninitialized. Based on the place where you are getting the panic, it sounds like you are getting some kind of memory error. It might be something with the BIOS, but alas, I am not very familiar with the X86 platform.  I do know that the A6R is on the hardware compatibility list, so it should work.


What I would do, is concentrate on the OpenSolaris install. OpenSolaris has much better support for laptops anyway. If you can wait a couple of weeks, wait until the OpenSolaris 2008.11 version is available (you might be able to find a beta now).

Once you do the OpenSolaris install and have the problem again (try the -kv and $c trick to see if the panic is in the same place), then ask your question again in the laptop-discuss@opensolaris.org mailing list. That list specializes in just the kind of problem you are having.

Sorry I couldn't help more.
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Hello Sir Blu

Don't worry, I got it running, and I'm using it right now.

My thoughts are right about the problem is on the BIOS configuration side.

Thanks for sharing some sun tech idea's.


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