Solaris 9 on Sparcstation 5

I had some spare time and i tried to install Solaris 9 from media 09/04 on my Sparcstation 5, solaris 10 wasn’t and option since Sun dropped support for sun4m architecture.

It was the first time that i was decided to start the install using the Install CD insted of the usual Software 1/2 CD. OK i will not do it again. Read why…

I tried booting from the install CD using a “boot cdrom”, here is the output:
SunOS Release 5.9 Version Generic_117171-07 32-bit
Copyright 1983-2003 Sun Microsystems, Inc. All rights reserved.
Use is subject to license terms.
Configuring /dev and /devices
Using RPC Bootparams for network configuration information.
Skipping interface le0
Searching for configuration file(s)…
Search complete.

The Solaris Installer can be run in English, or any of the following languages:

1) English 6) Japanese
2) German 7) Korean
3) Spanish 8) Swedish
4) French 9) Simplified_Chinese
5) Italian 10) Traditional_Chinese
Select the language you want to use to run the installer: 1
[b]96Mb of memory is required for Solaris[/b].
[b]64Mb was found[/b].
Exiting

Nice ? I don’t meet the memory requirements 🙂 :).

Ok we have 2 options. Either buy some more memory or try the usual installation using the Software 1/2 CD.

I choose the second one.

The installation worked like a harm, no problems, no needs for updating the memory.

Just a small warning for the readers: The Full installation takes about 4 hours on a sparcstation.
Don’t try it at home 🙂

Solaris 10 and sun4m architecture

I was just about to download Solaris 10 for my little/old Sparcstation 5….

Sun dropped support for the sun4m architecture on Solaris 10 🙁

From the Solaris 10 Release Notes:
[url]http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/doc/817-0552/6mgbi4fh8?a=view[/url]
[quote]The following servers that are based on the sun4m architecture are
no longer supported in this Solaris release.
SPARCstation® 4
SPARCstation 5
SPARCstation 10
SPARCstation 20
SPARCstation LX
SPARCstation LX+
SPARCclassic
SPARCclassic X
SPARCengineTM EC 3
[/quote]