Riddle me this x86 experts?

My x86 Solaris box has a minor quirk in that if you switch it on and leave it, it will hang at the prompt which says something to the effect of "Press ESC to abort auto-boot...".

If I am not there or simply miss the time window to press ESC, the machine just hangs (forever?) at that point and I have to reset it to get it going again.

To get it to boot, I have to press ESC before the timer expires, accept all of the defaults on the following boot config screens and it then proceeds to boot up just fine.

Have I got some dodgy hardware, just a dodgy configuration, or a boog ?

Comments:

You would be running some ancient release of solaris that does not have new boot.

Upgrade that and all will be well. It was for me.

Posted by Chris Gerhard on March 01, 2006 at 08:57 AM GMT #

Do you mean more recent than the S10 distribution CD, Chris ?

Posted by Trevor Watson on March 01, 2006 at 09:32 AM GMT #

You should be using Solaris 10 1/06 (update 1), which is now the current distribution CD. This one has a GRUB boot manager and many other enhancements.

Posted by Wes Williams on March 01, 2006 at 11:02 AM GMT #

As Wes says Solaris 10 update 1 has grub. Though Nevada is much more fun.

Posted by Chris Gerhard on March 06, 2006 at 07:22 AM GMT #

Indeed Chris. Perhaps I should have said to use Solaris 10 update 1, or newer. However, if Trevor want's a support contract (?) he'll need the official verision of Solaris. Or is that already included for all Sun employees with Nevada? 8)

Posted by Wes Williams on March 06, 2006 at 07:32 AM GMT #

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