Illustrated Guide to Installing Solaris on Laptops

Many people ask me how to go about installing Solaris on their laptops, keeping their Windows software intact (since they paid for it)

I tried to take time-lapse photos of the whole installation process on my Ferrari 4005 and make a movie. That didn't come very well (and I looked like Charlie Chaplin juggling DVDs) Anyway here is a quick illustration of the process; The point is to tell that installing Solaris is easy! - as easy as you may install Windows or any of the Linux\* distributions. Burn CD or DVD and install - it will just work on most laptops, Some gaps like wireless or battery status are filled by frkit. Just overcome your mental barrier and try it out!

This is just one common scenario for home PC or laptop users. Please refer to Solaris Express Release and Installation Collection for more ways to install and complete details.

Very nice! That'd be well worth putting somewhere on somewhere. Bonus points for making it into an imagemap, with each step pointing to appropriate (simple) docs, with the being used as the golden reference :-)

Posted by Tim Foster on January 19, 2006 at 10:32 PM PST #

Cool!!! Please fix the typo ("sypware") Thank you! -- Leon

Posted by Leon Koll on January 20, 2006 at 05:09 AM PST #

well, off topic issue: your graphics are very cool. well done! what tool are you using for this graphics? ?

Posted by afsina on January 20, 2006 at 12:09 PM PST #

Thanks Leon, corrected the spyware.
Afsina, for graphics what else? sodipodi [ ] on Solaris and touchpad!

Posted by Chandan on January 20, 2006 at 12:25 PM PST #

Thanks, i will give a try to that. i started using inkspace, it is also pretty good but far from perfect.

Posted by afsina on January 23, 2006 at 02:29 PM PST #

Hi There, This is one of the Cutest and simplified Instruction manual for novice i came across.The thing that came across best was the Picture's/Images.It supplements the saying "Pictures speak louder than voice". Keep up the good work

Posted by Santosh on March 02, 2006 at 11:32 AM PST #

Congratulations. It's just excellent for a newbie like me. It's clear and practical.

Posted by AndersonSantos on July 10, 2006 at 11:58 PM PDT #

Hi , I am installing on acer 572wlmi. I did burned the DVD as bootable disk ,but still it is not recognizing and not getting booted. I deleted the free partition and now I have base partion and windwos partition and unused disk. Can u please tell me where the problem is .It is not getting booted. Thank you Sreeni

Posted by sreenivas on November 09, 2006 at 01:20 AM PST #

I have windows xp in my system. I want to in install Solaris 10 in my system. C drive has Windows and D Drive is empty. I tried installing Solaris. But at a point of time it can't select the Disk. It shows some disk of c0t0d0 and 0MB, Needed 4200MB. I have nearly 10GB free space. How to install Solaris in the free space

Posted by A on April 13, 2007 at 06:35 PM PDT #

Quick question. Is there a driver yet for the 64 bit kernel and the broadcom wireless device. I noticed from other forums that the 32 bit windows driver will work with NDIS but issues with the 64 bit driver were still prevelant. Any news?

Posted by jake on May 04, 2007 at 05:36 AM PDT #

Hi, im trying to install sxde 9/07, but am having som issues.. When i boot from the dvd(which i created by burning the downloaded image), i get to the GRUB menu.. There, i select the option to install sxde. It clears the screen, sows copyright information and displays a menu with three options which i dont remember..

I select the first obvious one of installing sxde, and it shows me the same error message each time "ERROR: 'Solaris Express Developer Edition' can only be installed from DVD media. Either use DVD media or install by choosing the '$SOLARIS_EXPRESS' option from the GRUB menu.(contd.)", and exit to the shell

I reboot the comp and select the SOLARIS EXPRESS option from the GRUB menu. It again shows the copyright information and a menu with 6 options. I select the default option 'Solaris Interactive', and it gives the message "ERROR: Cannot find install software, exiting to shell", and quits to the shell.

I have tried this 5-6 times with the same result.. Any help would be appreciated.. Thanks in advance..

Posted by Abhishek on January 22, 2008 at 07:36 PM PST #

Hi Abhishek, I'm getting the exact same error message, although my system is supposed to be compatible according to the device detector.

Any luck on your side ?


Posted by Anders Moe on February 01, 2008 at 12:16 AM PST #

Well Anders, i tried it a few hundred times, but to no avail.. luckily, i had already placed an order with sun for the sxde 9/07 dvd to be shipped to me.. hoping that will work, i have given p for the time being..

So basically, no luck :D


Posted by Abhishek on February 01, 2008 at 05:01 AM PST #

I actually managed to solve the "Either use DVD media or install" for both opensolaris AND nextraOS on my ASUS M2N-E by using an IDE DVD-RW drive. I tried a samsung AND an asus SATA DVDRW in the M2N-E motherboard and both gave that error. And they did NOT give that error in a P35 motherboard.

Chart (for open solaris b85 and nextraOS 1.0 b82):
P35 + SATA ASUS DVDRW = good
P35 + SATA Samsung DVDRW = untested
nForce5 + SATA ASUS DVDRW = error.
nForce5 + SATA Samsung DVDRW = error.
nForce5 + IDE Lite-On DVDRW = good

Posted by Tal Tamir on March 28, 2008 at 12:14 PM PDT #

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