Solaris 2.6 on Gateway Solo 9100XL?

Solaris 2.6 on Gateway Solo 9100XL?

Post by La » Tue, 16 Mar 1999 04:00:00

Has anybody installed Solaris 2.6 for Intel on the new Solo 9100XL?  I
will be dual-booting Win98 and Solaris 2.6.  I would prefer to put
linux instead of Solaris but unfortunately, the software I'm running
doesn't run on linux.

I have checked Sun's hcl but all they have listed is an old dx4-100.
And Gateway's support page only shows Microsoft products.

Lan Shy
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Solaris 2.6 on Gateway Solo 9100XL?

Post by peter holme » Tue, 16 Mar 1999 04:00:00

Basic rule of thumb is try it and see if it works.  I'm running Solaris
2.6 on a fairly vanilla, antique PC with almost no name brand stuff in
it other than an old 3COM card ... works fine.


1. Installing Solaris 2.6 on Gateway 9100XL portable

I am trying to install Solaris 2.6 on a Gateway 9100XL portable
(Work gave it to me, I would never buy one).  

It uses Phoenix BIOS 8.12 and has a Toshiba MK2103MAV 2.16GB IDE hard
drive.  In the BIOS is an option called

Large Disk Access Mode

When that is disabled, Solaris can find and install without out any
problems.  But it will not be able to write to the Master Boot record
Partition so I have to boot it using the Configuration floppy.  Also, I
can't boot or load Windows 95 or NT while the Large Disk Access Mode is
disabled.  I tried Partition magic and it doesn't help.  I wouldn't mind
having to go into the BIOS each time it boots, but after installing
Solaris, then installing Windows NT, I switched it back and the Solaris
partition was corrupted.  

Does anyone know of any software that will allow me to install both of
these operating systems?



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