Solaris 8 Installation Question

Posted on 2009-04-16
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Installed Solaris with no problem but don't seem to have a network driver installed. How can I tell which network card to determine which Sun Package to install. This server was installed before with Solaris 8 and someone had added a driver but unable to locate the driver that was installed. Remember it being "gxp0" for the Ethernet interface.

Question by:johnj65
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    What kind of server ?
    Onboard NIC or not ?
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    by:Hanno Schröder
    You will have to use the correct driver.
    1) Find out the driver name for your NIC:
        Run "prtconf -D" to see your hardware configuration.
        Under "pci, instance #x" you will find the PCI adapters. The usually something like
           "pci1234,5678" followed by the driver name in parantheses (for example "elxl")
        If the information you get from "prtconf -D" does not help, see which drivers are
        there at all, use this command
            grep ' net ' /boot/solaris/devicedb/master | more
        and compare the PCI adapter code to your "prtconf -D" output.
    2) Attach the network card driver manually to see if it matches your NIC:
            ifconfig <drivername>0 plumb   (example: ifconfig elxl0 plumb)
    3) If this worked, output from
            ifconfig -a
        should show you NIC driver loaded -- but without working IP address
    4) Set an IP address manually:
           ifconfig <drivername>0 netmask + broadcast +
    5) and activate it
          ifconfig <drivername>0 up

    If this all worked, you can create a config file to get it loaded and activated
    upon boot:
        echo "myhostname" > /etc/hostname.<drivername>0
    Make sure "myhostname" can be resolved from /etc/hosts

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