Updating platform i86pc boot archive this may take a minute

The contoller in question is Intel 631x ESB/632x ESB SATA AHCI Controller in a Hewlett Packard xw8400 Workstation.

This chipset is also used in some Apple workstations and this "fake raid" problem also applies there, AFAIK.

It often doesn't, so this is an important first step.

If you have a SPARC machine, you can cheerfully ignore this.

In between one set of cycles, I was able to connect to the CMM via console and paste in a bunch of commands to shut down chassis power. The next two, though, were very much less than happy, spitting out errors like: diskread: reading beyond end of ramdisk start = 0x2000, size = 0x2000 failed to read superblock diskread: reading beyond end of ramdisk start = 0x2000, size = 0x2000 failed to read superblock panic: cannot mount boot archive Press any key to reboot Sun OS Release 5.10 Version Generic_120012-14 32-bit Copyright 1983-2007 Sun Microsystems, Inc. y CORRECTED SUMMARY FOR CG 0 FRAG BITMAP WRONG FIX?

If it doesn't, consult Boyd's slides, page 49 for a hackjob. The BIOS disk numbering runs like this, traditionally: Discovering physical storage devices Discovering logical storage devices Cross referencing storage devices with boot environment configurations Determining types of file systems supported Validating file system requests Preparing logical storage devices Preparing physical storage devices Configuring physical storage devices Configuring logical storage devices Analyzing system configuration. Since this little machine had no optical drive, I mounted the media like this: . ********************************************************************** The target boot environment has been activated. NOTE: You MUST NOT USE the reboot, halt, or uadmin commands.There’s plenty more to be said about the positive reasons I’m hanging it up and what’s next, but they’re off-topic in this venue and for this audience, so I’ll stop there.If you’re interested — and if you consume food or water, or know someone who does, you should be — there is no shortage of resources out there with which to educate yourself on these topics.# grep Solaris /etc/release Solaris 10 6/06 s10x_u2wos_09a X86 # uname -a Sun OS salsa 5.10 Generic_125101-10 i86pc i386 i86pc # df -kh / /opt Filesystem size used avail capacity Mounted on /dev/md/dsk/d20 7.9G 4.5G 3.3G 59% / /dev/md/dsk/d23 7.9G 369M 7.4G 5% /opt # metastat -p d20 d20 -m d10 d30 1 d10 1 1 c0d0s0 d30 1 1 c1d0s0 # metastat -p d23 d23 -m d13 d33 1 d13 1 1 c0d0s3 d33 1 1 c1d0s3 filesystem (as all production systems should), we'd take care of that as well.You may wish to install the latest Live Upgrade packages at this time, as well as check for any critical liveupgrade patches.