How to install Solaris on MacBook Pro

This post will introduce my experience how to install Solaris on the MacBook Pro

Note: this macbook is 32-bit system.

Hareware Configuration:

Machine Name: MacBook Pro 15"
Machine Model: MacBook Pro1,1
CPU Type: Intel Core Duo
Processor: 2GHz Intel Core Duo
Number of Cores: 2
L2 cache(shared): 2MB
Meomory: 512MB DDR2 SDRAM
Bus speed: 667MHz
Boot ROM version: MBP11.0055.B08

ATA Bus: HL-DT-ST DVDRW GWA4080M

Graphics/Displays: ATI RadeonX1600
Bus: PCIe
Vendor ID=1002, Device ID=71c5
Video RAM:128M

Intel ICH7-M AHCI:AHCI version 1.10 Supported
FUJITSU MHV2080BH: 74.53GB capacity
 

Prerequisites before installation:
1. Download Boot Camp software and the version is 1.4.
2. Solaris Express Developer Edition 9/07.

Steps to install Solaris SXDE 9/07 version:
1. How to create Solaris partition.
a) Install bootcamp and follow this tool instruction to create a Windows partition.
b) Insert SXDE 9/07 DVD into DVD-ROM before bootcamp require to reboot system.
c) System will boot from SXDE DVD automatically, then re-create the Windows partition as a new Solaris2 partition as the below described:

  • Select 'Solaris Express' in the grub menu
  • Choose 'Interactive Installation (default)' installation way
  • Continue with the installation until see 'Starting Solaris Installation...' in the 'Solaris Install Console' window.
  • Open a Terminal and run 'format' and type Ctrl-D (to exit). Use format to determine the disk name for the internal disk.
  • Run 'fdisk /dev/rdsk/c0d1', delete partition 3 (Win95 FAT32) and create a new SOLARIS2 partition
  • Exit the disk configuration


2. Change the ID for the EFI partition so that Solaris can recognise.
a) Exit Solaris installation and boot into Mac OS again.
b) Change the ID for the DFI partition(it will have the id of 'EE') to 'AF'(HFS+) by typing as root use:
# fdisk -e /dev/rdsk1
and typing:
setpid 1
63
wr
quit
c) Reboot system after this configuration.

3. Start to install Solaris.
Reboot system and boot from SXDE DVD, then Solaris can be installed normally.

Solaris compatibility:
After SXDE 9/07 installed, there are two major components(wifi and NIC) cannot be supported by Solaris.Fortunately,there are the third party drivers to make them work.
1. Wifi card
Device Name:
Atheros 802.11b/g/n chip(Vendor ID: 168c; Device ID: 0024)
Steps to install:
a. Dowload ath v0.6 from opensolaris.org
b. # gunzip -c ath-0.6-pkg.tar.gz | tar xf -
c. # pkgadd -d ./SUNWatheros SUNWatheros

2. NIC card
Device Name:
Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8053 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller(Vemdor ID: 11ab; Device ID: 4362)
Download skge 32bit driver from
://www.marvell.com/drivers/search.do
Steps to install:
a. Uninstall SK98sol provided by Solaris
# pkgrm SK98sol
b. # gunzip -c skgesol_x86v8.19.1.3.tar.Z | tar xf -
c. # pkgadd -d . SKGEsol
Answer "n" when ask for IP interfaces configuration

More information about this specific NIC card, please refer to previous post.

By the end of this step, congratulation to you! Now you have a Dual partitioned MacBook Pro with Mac OS and Solaris.


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