Monday Sep 17, 2007

Solaris Vista dual-boot : No problem !

Solaris Vista dual-boot I am glad to report that I just successfully & flawlessly installed Solaris Nevada b72 and Vista Ultimate on a Ferrari 5000 laptop.

Summary of the operations :

1. The laptop had already Vista installed in C: (70G) with a D: partition (70G)
2. Using the Vista Disk Partitioner (default System tool in Vista Ultimate), I removed the D: partition
3. I downloaded Solaris Nevada build 72 and burned a DVD-R
4. I went in the Setup menu of the Ferrari 5000 and allowed boot only from the DVD
5. I booted Solaris b72 and chose the option (3) Terminal
6. I partition my disk to create a single Solaris partition with :
fdisk /dev/rdsk/c0d0p0
7.  Reboot and installed Solaris. Installation was about 50 minutes.
8. Booted again from the DVD . Chose option (3)
9. Modified /a/boot/grub/menu.lst by adding :
title Windows Vista
rootnoverify (hd0,1)
chainloader +1
10. Went back in the boot menu (F2) and re-enable disk booting.
11. Rebooted and verified that I could use Solaris & Vista.
12. Booted Solaris, installed SLAMD and the iGen benchmark suite
13. Ran the iGenCPU benchmark to compare the system to others. Got 27 fractals/second at 4 threads. Nice for a laptop !

Additional note : Wireless configuration is now very easy as the wificonfig tool is part of the Nevada distribution
The only thing needed is update_drv -a -i '"pciex168,1c"' ath . No reboot necessary.
Then you can do wificonfig -i ath0 plumb ; wificonfig -i ath0 scan

Final note : All the tricks that you can found in other blogs are now irrelevant as the MBR Solaris bug was bixed in build 70.




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