Solaris 10 on a Toshiba Tecra M2

Solaris 10 hits my laptop. The last thing preventing me from using Solaris on my laptop is in the pipe, wifi. So with that I have released the 20G partition I'd be using as a scratch area and am installing Solaris on it. The first two things that had to be sorted were the bios settings on the Toshiba Tecra M2, these were to turn off legacy usb support and to set the “Device Config” to “All Devices”, without those two changes the system would lock up at various points. Apart from that it has worked as expected.

My first tip is to make your installation live upgrade ready. Save a partition that is the same size as you root partition to use as a scratch area. That way you can use that as an alternate boot environment when the time comes to upgrade or even to apply patches. That way you can upgrade while still using the system and also can fall back to the old system if you need to.


I tried this on a Tecra M1. This differs froim the M2 in that it sports a Trident Cyberblade XP4 grafix adapter. Main dissatisfier is thus grafix. It all works very nicely while installing: the installer states it finds the right grafix card, and all works nicely and accelerated and all. Then you reboot, and all is forgotten. You're forced to 640x480 w/o reprieve. And no trace of the installer ever having seen my Trident card. Duh! Remedy seems to be to run kdmconfig and turn back to Xsun from Xorg. I e I have a sort-of working xorg.conf for a single mode of the card, but when I try to get my external 1280x1024 Sun monitor going it breaks big time, and you have to do a console login and clean up.

Posted by Hans J. Albertsson on March 29, 2005 at 04:17 AM BST #

Funilly enough i bumped into the same problem with a M1 and was looking on google to find what gfx i had, i came to this link. Under Xorg i run /usr/X11/bin/xorgconfig and after the long step by step procedure ( hint you have to use option 1. 50-70 for vertical frequency and not 50-90 -- things go wrong) i have a nice fully 1024x768x24bit@70 which for the 14" is good enough. Mmm the only thing i i need to find the correct keyboard layout as i reliase now i dont have the pipe key available :(

Posted by Ioannis Psyllas on April 02, 2005 at 10:44 AM BST #

Hans, Ioannis, I saw your comment at and I have the same problem with a Toshiba 1805-S273 with a Trident Cyberblade Ai1. Since Xsun server didn't work, I'm looking to install Xorg. Does that works ? Also, how did you change the keyboard map ? I need the pipe. Thanks in advance

Posted by Enrique Manrique on December 16, 2005 at 08:58 AM GMT #

Xorg is the default for Solaris 10 and above on x86. I believe that the keyboard is set via the eeprom command. On my system there is a setting:


in the "eeprom". That should get you what you want.

Posted by Chris Gerhard on December 16, 2005 at 09:20 AM GMT #

Funny, all of these comments are about solaris on hardware from other sources than from Sun. Today we pulled a bunch of X4200 servers with Solaris 10 out and hooked them up to Sun monitors. Nice because we get 640X480 default resolution. In the setting it is the only option. One would think Sun would support their own hardware a little better. So now we have to hunt high and low for a way to change this. Called Sun and still waiting for a reply. What a bunch of clowns. Sun should be embarrassed about the level of support they offer. One more quick note. If you look through all the documentation - there is not a single resource about this - on and offline!

Posted by Craig on May 03, 2006 at 09:16 PM BST #

I've never tried sticking a monitor on an X4200, not least as they are all in racks in the lab. What sort of Sun Monitor is this?

Posted by Chris Gerhard on May 04, 2006 at 07:24 AM BST #

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