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> >Has anyone sucessfully installed Solaris8/Early Access/Intel on ANY HARDWARE?
> >On my machine it gets thru the stuff that used to be on the Floppy (and now
> >is on a bootable CD), and then goes to read the CD.
> So how far do you get? I think there's a problem with usign DMA by default
> for EIDE devices that will cause crashes (because of broken hardware).
> You might be able to disable DMA using the device configuration assistant;
> Soalris 8 release will have DMA disabled by default; this will get you
> through install.
My memory is kind of fuzzy about this, but I think the trick is to
look for the driver property "ata_options" and set it to a value which
has the low-order bit zero. For example, "ata_options=0". This can be
modified globally for all ata device instances via the DCA property editor.
> (But switching it on if it works is, of course, highly
> with virtually no CPU use)
To be certain you don't have broken hardware, you need to also run a test
which accesses DMA-capable devices on both buses (primary and secondary)
at the same time. If you don't currently have two such devices just make
a mental note so that when you eventually do add a second device you won't
be too surprised if your system is no longer bootable.