Workaround for "FATAL: system is not bootable, boot command is disabled" on an obp


Poor error messages are a major source of annoyance. I hit this one today, for the first time in a few years. Background info - a v210 was rather abruptly powered down and feeling somewhat ill. So I logged onto the sc and got to my console, and type boot as one does.
{1} ok boot
FATAL: system is not bootable, boot command is disabled
Which is about as helpful as someone telling me the box is currently a brick. Which I know already. Anyway just in case you happen to hit this the fix/workaround is to set auto-boot? to false, reset the box, and then set it to true and finally boot as shown below.
{1} ok setenv auto-boot? false
auto-boot? =          false
{1} ok reset-all

SC Alert: Host System has Reset

Sun Fire V210, No Keyboard
Copyright 1998-2003 Sun Microsystems, Inc.  All rights reserved.
OpenBoot 4.11.4, 4096 MB memory installed, Serial #xxxxxxxx.
Ethernet address 0:3:ba:xx:xx:xx, Host ID: 83xxxxxx.

{1} ok setenv auto-boot? true
auto-boot? =          true
{1} ok boot
.......... lots of output ........
volume management starting.
The system is ready.

xxxxxx console login:
Comments:

Thank you!!!

Posted by CJ on August 18, 2006 at 01:02 PM IST #

Thank you! The work around worked. Nicely documented.

Posted by Sara on October 07, 2006 at 09:07 PM IST #

I tried this sequence. It didn't work for me. I get the following: Boot device: disk File and args: \*

Posted by JW on October 24, 2006 at 10:33 AM IST #

Could you give us a bit more detail on the machine etc. You can mail me using my blog name at sun.com.

Posted by fintanr on October 25, 2006 at 09:20 AM IST #

Awesome...Worked like a champ on a V490 I was trying to jump.

Posted by Brian Marcus on December 12, 2006 at 09:00 AM GMT #

Many thanks for your advice. I was able to boot a V125 with the above commands. cheers, gm

Posted by Gregor Madden on December 13, 2006 at 07:25 AM GMT #

Hey dude u r truely champ! it worked 4 me as well

Posted by Suhail on September 02, 2009 at 06:19 AM IST #

i am using a sun box runing solaris 9 sun210 it cant box i get the following

FATAL: /memory@m0,0: OpenBoot initialization sequence prematurely terminated.

FATAL: system is not bootable, boot command is disabled

Posted by max on November 16, 2009 at 01:02 AM GMT #

yes dude it works...
I did it and its working...cheers.

Posted by Raju on November 18, 2009 at 06:16 AM GMT #

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