Quote:> I definitely didn't change jumpers though I may
> have moved cables and stuff but I thought I restored
> it back to where it was. I see cables connected
> properly now. When I do "probe-ide" it shows the ATAPI
> CDROM drive as "Primary Slave".
Just for shits-and-giggles, what does the output of "show-disks" say?
Quote:> I am little leery of changing nvram setting (set-defaults)
> just yet since I recall Sun support person asking me to
> (over phone) to enter some commands lasy year when we swapped
> faulty CPU. (may be it was set-defaults, can't recall.).
> Is set-defaults harmless or will it trash things irreperably
> given that motherboard and then CPU was swapped at some point ?
It is harmless in the sense that it will indeed return your settings to
defaults. If you have any user-created aliases (maybe you created an alias
for a second boot disk), they will go bye-bye. From what you are saying, it
will not hurt anything.
> btw, I also tried
> instead of
> as was suggested in earlier threads. But that didn't work either.
> I am wondering what the best course at this time would be:
> -try repairing hard disk (but /usr/lib/libnsl.so.1 is trashed
> and I seem to need that to force fsck)
You can try, but when this happens, it is a pretty fair determination that
you really screwed up this library--ususally by not shutting down the box
properly. It may only be this file (and maybe you can restore it from the
cd or pristine install from another box), but it may be more than this file.
It is up to you.
> -try fixing CD-ROM boot problem, set-default nvram, replace PROM etc.
I would definitely try resetting the defaults before I go around replacing
the PROM, but if you really believe it is hardware, you can indeed replace
> - try booting from floppy (how do you do that ?)
Not possible in recent versions of Solaris. I had wished for a while that
Sun would stop sending their boxes with a floppy drive, and now, with some
new boxes, they have.
> 1 year warranty expired in March. And sun will charge me $300/hr
> to send an engineer (min 2 hours) plus material. Software
> support is $150/hr (min two hours). Should have known better
> before buying flaky Sun hardware. Is there an alternative, cheaper
> source for sun support (in Chicago ?)
I would be a bit hesitant about make a sweeping statement such as this. As
far as I can tell, for most people the Blade 100s have wound up being just
as stable as any other Sun hardware--and that Sun hardware is typically more
stable than most (there are definitely exceptions). Sun support is indeed
expsensive, but so is support from ever other major unix vendor--it is just
something the market allows for.
From what you have written so far in this thread, I really doubt that
hardware is the problem. But maybe it is. Anyway, if cost is the deciding
factor, you can probably find a consultant who deals in Sun
hardware/software--but only a few of them would probably take on a
1-client/1-box scenario. Maybe someone on this group lives near you :)