Summary: Netra 1405 booting problem

From: <>
Date: Fri Oct 05 2001 - 06:05:46 EDT
Hi everybody !
The problem was solved thanks to an ideea given to me by David Harrington
(Thanks David). I just modified the OBP variable boot-file from the from the
default empty field to "/platform/sun4u/kernel/unix" . Now works O.K. I
still think there is a problem in firmware, which was not solved by the
upgrade to the latest firmware level available. But since there is this
workaround available, I'm not too concerned about.


This is an old problem. 

Look in the archives Jan thru May, and I think you'll find the permanent way
around the problem. I had that problem when I first took over this job, and
there is a patch which fixes it. 

The short term (quick) fix is as you show: 

boot: cannot open kernel/unix 
Enter filename [kernel/unix]:           /platform/sun4u/kernel/unix [enter] 

Not a good solution with a critical machine! 

-----Original Message----- 
From: [ <>] 
Sent: Friday, September 28, 2001 12:59 
Subject: Netra 1405 booting problem 

Hi everybody ! 
I have a Netra 1405 (same motherboard as Ultra80 and Sun E420R). I boot the 
sistem from the first internal disk (c0t0d0). 
However, every time I try to boot or reboot it, the machine stops and say 
"cannot open kernel/unix". I found a little trick, I press enter few times, 
then I press / and Enter once and then again I type kernel/unix and press 
Enter twice and the machine boots. 
I did not played with OBP variables and is the only one who do this. I was 
thinking is an outdated firmware and I upgraded OBP to a version from July 
2001 (before it was a firmware version from dec 1999). Nothing changed. The 
machine is new and always did this. 
I noticed is not a timing issue (for example I allowed plenty of time to 
internal disks to get started and still do not boot unless I do that trick 
typing / and then kernel/unix. 
It runs solaris 2.6 (latest Hw edition) and all relevant patches are 
4x440MHz CPU's 
The internal disk is SCSI 36 GB (Sun Original) 
I'm out of ideeas, please help !! Sun enginner did not know what to do and 
probably will overkill by replacing all beast. 
Find below some boot messagess : 
George DONE 

{0} ok boot 
Resetting ... 

screen not found. 
Can't open input device. 
Keyboard not present.  Using ttya for input and output. 

Netra t 1400/1405 (4 X UltraSPARC-II 440MHz), No Keyboard 
OpenBoot 3.31, 4096 MB memory installed, Serial #15276155. 
Ethernet address 8:0:20:e9:18:7b, Host ID: 80e9187b. 

Rebooting with command: boot 
Boot device: disk  File and args: 
boot: cannot open kernel/unix 
Enter filename [kernel/unix]:           -------->Pressed Enter here 
boot: cannot open kernel/unix 
Enter filename [kernel/unix]:           --------->Pressed Enter here 
boot: cannot open kernel/unix 
Enter filename [kernel/unix]: /         ----------> Typed / and Enter here 
File not executable. 
boot failed 
Enter filename [/]: kernel/unix         ----------> Typed kernel/unix and 
Enter here 
boot: cannot open kernel/unix 
Enter filename [kernel/unix]:           ----------> Pressed Enter again here

Enter default directory for modules [/platform/sun4u/kernel /kernel 
/usr/kernel]:           -----VoilŠ, it boots !!! 
SunOS Release 5.6 Version Generic_105181-28 [UNIX(R) System V Release 4.0] 
Copyright (c) 1983-1997, Sun Microsystems, Inc. 

{0} ok printenv 
Variable Name         Value                          Default Value 

scsi-initiator-id     7                              7 
keyboard-click?       false                          false 
ttyb-rts-dtr-off      false                          false 
ttyb-ignore-cd        true                           true 
ttya-rts-dtr-off      false                          false 
ttya-ignore-cd        true                           true 
ttyb-mode             9600,8,n,1,-                   9600,8,n,1,- 
ttya-mode             9600,8,n,1,-                   9600,8,n,1,- 
pcia-probe-list       1                              1 
pcib-probe-list       1,3,2,4,5                      1,3,2,4,5 
enclosure-type        540-4065 
banner-name           Netra t 1400/1405 
energystar-enabled?   false 
mfg-mode              off                            off 
diag-level            min                            min 
#power-cycles         16 
system-board-serial#  5015168100287 
system-board-date     3adfcec8 
fcode-debug?          false                          false 
output-device         screen                         screen 
input-device          keyboard                       keyboard 
load-base             16384                          16384 
boot-command          boot                           boot 
auto-boot?            true                           true 
watchdog-reboot?      false                          false 
diag-device           net                            net 
boot-device           disk                           disk net 
local-mac-address?    false                          false 
ansi-terminal?        true                           true 
screen-#columns       80                             80 
screen-#rows          34                             34 
silent-mode?          false                          false 
use-nvramrc?          true                           false 
nvramrc               devalias qfe0net /pci@1f ... 
security-mode         none 
security-#badlogins   0 
oem-logo?             false                          false 

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