SUMMARY: booting a SPARC 430 (sun4) from CD

From: Daniel R. Falconer (
Date: Thu Sep 25 1997 - 17:22:42 CDT

Thanks to all who responded. Apparently I was doing nothing wrong when I

b sd(0,30,1)

on our old 4/430 box, which was the obvious (and documented) command. Most
of you suggested this. Others suggested the commands which work on desktop
systems: b sd(0,6,2) or boot cdrom. Special thanks to Torsten Metzner,
who also sent me an extensive description of the SCSI subsystem (including
how to get to the numbers above).

Nevertheless, I still wasn't able to boot from the CD-ROM drive. I'm
assuming that I'm facing some obscure hardware failure, as some suggested,
or maybe both bootable CD's I tried are damaged. Anyhow, it's time to
throw the old box away and start saving on my electricity bill.

Thanks to:

Tim Evans
Darryl Levesque
Mark Hargrave
Russ Poffenberger
Hap Hinrichs
Eric R. Ramelli
Patrick L. Nolan
Harvey Wamboldt
Rick Reineman
Glenn Satchell
Torsten Metzner

I hope I didn't forget anyone.


Daniel R. Falconer
Dedalus Eng. S/C Ltda.
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