Monday Jul 28, 2008

Solaris Nevada 94 on Acer Aspire 5610


I've been a bit lax on my Nevada upgrades for my laptop recently, but I got a chance today to bring myself back up to date with snv_94. If your going to install this on an Acer Aspire 5610 you will run into a panic on boot due to some recent ACPI changes.

Straight off on boot you will get a panic similar to below, you will however need to boot in kmdb mode to see this properly (just add -k to your grub options).

ddi_driver_major+9(0)
ddi_create_minor_common+0x51(0, f97a5538, 2000, 400, f97a5720, 0)
ddi_create_minor_node+0x25(0, f97a5538 , 2000, 400, f97a5720, 0)
acpi_drv`acpi_drv_attach+0xc2()

The work around is to add -B disable-acpi_drv=true to your grub options, my snv_94 grub entry reads

title snv_94
root (hd0,2,a)
kernel$ /platform/i86pc/kernel/$ISADIR/unix -B disable-acpi_drv=true -B acpi-user-options=8
module$ /platform/i86pc/$ISADIR/boot_archive

There is a fix in place for snv_95, and the relevant bugs are

  • 6726425 - Dell XPS M1330 panic in 32 bit kernel.
  • 6727562 - acpi_drv: snv_94 panics on 3 different laptops.

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