Installing Solaris Express CE/OpenSolaris on my Toshiba Tecra M9

... so finally a few month ago I received the new laptop Tecra M9 – and as any Laptop meanwhile Microsofts Vista was preinstalled.

At that time I thought ok – let's give it a try but after installing, deinstalling and whatever someone is doing if you are not only sending mails and working on documents – I finally had 4 bluescreens which caused me to start and reinstall the whole Laptop.


This time – I started with Windows XP again – and have nearly everything running – except the ACPI compatible device – which I till yet couldn't figure out what driver is neede to get that ! Out of my device manager … but who cares – it workes.


So then I thought ok – let's also have Solaris Express CE (actuall build 98).

  1. Download

  2. burn it to DVD

  3. boot the DVD (if you hit the „right“ curser during the boot – it is easy to boot from DVD)

  4. follow the installation procedure


probably one mistake I did was not having network connection during the installation but nevertheless everything went just straight forward.

So after first reboot – login as root

and creating a new user by using the Link in the Launch Menu

Start Menu

(sorry – used >German install language)


Then switched to that user – then I thought ok – let's see how to hook up to a network – the only one at that time was WIFI – but I couldn't find anything.

After a while I remembered that there was/is something like nwam – so I rebooted back to XP figured out what it is all about and what I need to do – and realized that it was pretty easy.

So following steps I did

  1. touch /etc/dhcp.e1000g0

  2. echo mylaptop > /etc/dhcp.e1000g0

  3. realized that this wasn't the solution

  4. did svcs → and found out that there are issues with the networking

  5. so I did
    svcadm enable network/physical:nwam
    svcadm disable network/physical:default

  6. I then modified
    /etc/nwam/known_wifi_nets
    mywifistationname <mac address of mywifistation>

  7. when I did that a popup appeard offering me to connect to my station
    beside two others – which didn't belong to me ;-)

  8. so I've chose my station
    then I was asked if I want to do WEP or WPA
    in my case I had to choose WEP
    entered the key

  9. and was in ;-)


BTW: if you are going to switch between lan/wifi than it probably makes sense to eventually modify the

more /etc/nwam/llp

e1000g0 dhcp

iwk0 dhcp


which indicates in which priority your PC tries to establish a connection.

And here you would also be able to change to static IP adresses


So that all worked


Then I thought it is a pity not to be able to access to the XP as I've chosen NTFS as filesystem.

I remembered that on Linux you can access so I started to google and pretty quick found that link


So first install gcc / libiconv and sunstudio express.

and then following stepps



So I found for me it worked pretty straight forward

http://forums.opensolaris.com/thread.jspa?threadID=513

     mkdir /stuff
    cd /stuff
    hg clone ssh://anon@hg.opensolaris.org/hg/fuse/libfuse
    hg clone ssh://anon@hg.opensolaris.org/hg/fuse/fusefs
    cd libfuse/
    export PATH=/opt/SunStudioExpress/bin:/usr/bin:/usr/sfw/bin
    cd /opt
    ln -s SUNWspro SunStudioExpress
    cd /stuff/libfuse/
    make
    make install
    make pkg
    cd ../fusefs/kernel/
    make
    make install
    make pkg
    pfexec /usr/sbin/pkgadd -d packages SUNWfusefs
    pfexec /usr/sbin/pkgadd -d ../../libfuse/packages SUNWlibfuse
    wget http://ntfs-3g.org/ntfs-3g-1.2918.tgz
    export CC=gcc
    ./configure --prefix=/usr
    make
    make install
    make pkg
    cd ../fusefs/kernel/
    make
    make install
    make pkg
    pfexec /usr/sbin/pkgadd -d packages SUNWfusefs
    pfexec /usr/sbin/pkgadd -d ../../libfuse/packages SUNWlibfuse
    gtar xf ntfs-3g-1.2918.tgz
    export CC=gcc
    cd ntfs-3g-1.2918/
    ./configure --prefix=/usr
    make
    make install



so to find out the XP disk – I struggled a little bit with the explanaition which was documented so I tell you what I did

   format
       output is similar to that
       AVAILABLE DISK SELECTIONS:
       0. c1t0d0 <DEFAULT cyl 3823 alt 2 hd 255 sec 63>
          /pci@0,0/pci1179,1@1f,2/disk@0,0

       Specify disk (enter its number): 0
0 (to choose the disk)
fd (for fdisk)
       output is similar to that      
          Partition   Status    Type          Start   End   Length    %
          =========   ======    ============  =====   ===   ======   ===
              1                 Other OS          0   191     192      1
              2                 IFS: NTFS       192  6565    6374     33
              3       Active    Solaris2       6566  10390    3825    20


so leave that section by e.g. typing 6

so the further difference is that I then did


   mkdir /mnt/windows
    ntfs-3g /dev/dsk/c1t0d0p2 /mnt/windows/



so that's it – for the moment I have everything I wanted to have incl. read write access to NTFS.

And BTW a very cool Window Manager (not just Gnome – but the additionals are nice)

All workspaces at one view by moving the mouse to the left top corner


alternative workspace switcher by hitting Alt+arror keys



all open applications by moving the mouse to the right upper corner


all open applications by hitting alt+tab





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