Quote:>I had Solaris 8 successfully installed on an Ultra 5 workstation.
>Just for grins I installed Mandrake linux. I decided to reinstall Solaris 8.
>I got as far as answering questions about language, swap, ... When it tried
>to format the hard drive it gave me a "failed" message. I suspect that I need
>to get rid of the linux master boot record.
You're close in that probably Linux has put something on the hard disk
which Solaris can't deal with, but it's not a master boot record.
Master boot records are a PC thing, and this is a SPARC system.
Anyway, what I would do is boot into the installer from CD-ROM, then
use the mouse in the root window to open a command tool before you
start actually using the installer window.
Then, you can use "dd" to write over the disk. (Of course, this will
result in loss of any data on the disk.)
Probably something like this will do the trick:
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/rdsk/c0t0d0s2 bs=1024k count=10
That will write zeros over the first 10 MB of the disk. When you've
done this, it's almost certain that any unwanted Linux partition table
stuff will be gone.
An alternate thing to do would be to fire up "format" instead of "dd".
You can probably have the "format" utility recognize the disk use
"label" to write a Solaris label onto it. This will probably be enough
so that the system won't *on it.
Anyway, once you've done all this, just close your command tool window
and continue with the install process like normal, and hopefully that
will do the trick.
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