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I own two Sunfire v100 servers, and I use hyperterminal to connect to them.

I am trying to re-install Solaris on one of them, so I put in the LOM cable and unplugged the harddrives.

Here's the current console text:

LOMlite starting up.

CPU type: H8/3437S, mode 3
Ram-test: 2048 bytes OK
Initialising i2c bus: failed (0xfe held busy)
Searching for EEPROMs: none
Will use eeprom address 50
I2c eeprom @50: failed
i2c bus speed code 00... OK
Probing for lm80s: none
Probing for lm75s: none
System functions: PSUs fans breakers gpio temps host CLI ebus clock
Unexpected reset

LOMlite console

I am trying to get to the OK prompt, through lom> console except it says this:

Console is not shared

I've tried resetting this:

lom> bootmode reset_nvram

That does nothing, I'm still not able to get into OK for OpenBoot.

Also tried:

lom> bootmode forth

I will be installing Solaris 11 Text-Version from a CD-ROM in the drive.

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have you considered contacting Oracle support? You've already paid for it. – goo Mar 9 '12 at 22:49
Is that CPU even still supported by Solaris 11? I've heard an Oracle Sales guy speaking about Support for USII/III/IV being dropped in Solaris 11. Wish you good luck in getting it to run, though! – juwi Mar 10 '12 at 0:00
@goo - This thing is from 2003, it's a piece of junk, and I might just sell it on eBay or something. – ionFish Mar 10 '12 at 1:43
@juwi - I will try Solaris 10, but I'm not even able to get to the boot menu because the system itself isn't going to the OK> terminal, 'console' fails to open for some reason. – ionFish Mar 10 '12 at 1:43

You're missing the SCC, or it's damaged.

You cannot boot a server with a missing / damaged SCC.

Tell-tale sign;

Searching for EEPROMs: none

It should say something like;

Searching for EEPROMs: 50(cfg)

Check the back of the v100. There's a big purple credit-card reader thing, called a "System Configuration Card Reader"

Is there a white card zip-tied into it? No? That's the EEPROM (Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory)

Search eBay for "system configuration card". Don't pay more than $20 USD for it. Shouldn't matter what kind of system it's from. All SCCs were the same form factor and size (to my knowledge).

Side-Note: You will not be able to install Solaris 11 on there. Support for that CPU has been discontinued. (All 32-bit support was chopped in Solaris 11, along with the older SPARC64 systems).

If you want to run Solaris 11 on a SPARC, your best bet MIGHT be a T-1000 or T-2000 (haven't tried it, personally). Stick with Solaris 10 for SPARC.

Solaris 11 x86 runs decent on most newer 64-bit x86 CPUs (I use Virutalbox on a AMD Phantom)

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This article suggests to get to the ok prompt from lom

lom> break

although this article suggests

lom> boot forth
lom> poweron

will get you to


from which you can

ok> boot cdrom
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Doing the first method pops Console is not shared which is my problem. The second thing brings this: lom>boot forth lom>poweron lom> – ionFish Mar 9 '12 at 21:47
does anything here… work ? – Iain Mar 9 '12 at 21:50
Option 1 is not possible, there is not a functional copy of Solaris. Option 2 failed, was in my original post. Option 3: after resetting, the thing boots up with orange failure light. It did boot up after resetting four times, System functions: PSUs fans breakers rails gpio temps host CLI ebus clock. Unexpected reset Still not working. – ionFish Mar 9 '12 at 22:01

Can you give me an


and a

show eventlog

from lom, because that output doesn't look very good (come on, it didn't find an EEPROM and I2C failed). If theres anything interesting in

lom -a

that might be of interest, too.

share|improve this answer that's basically all of the info I have here, not much else for me to do with the server at the moment. It's mounted in a cabinet with the LOM cable going to a laptop, and a network cable on port 0 going to a switch with the other servers. show eventlog will not show anything else because the server was just reset. – ionFish Mar 10 '12 at 2:07
Mmh... tried a reset_nvram followed by reset, yet? – juwi Mar 10 '12 at 2:12
Yes sir. lom>reset lom>console Console is not shared lom>bootmode reset_nvram lom>reset lom>bootmode reset_nvram lom>poweroff lom>poweron lom> – ionFish Mar 10 '12 at 2:14
Got one more: bootmode -u; reset; let it powercycle; do the jumper – juwi Mar 10 '12 at 2:16
Results: – ionFish Mar 10 '12 at 2:19

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