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# 1  
Old 04-30-2014
Solaris10(x86) display goes blank

Hi all,
Installed Solaris10(1/13) on a normal Lenovo Thinkcenter desktop. The installation could proceed only in text mode (4).

Install is success, but not able to get the login window after the grub screen. The screen goes blank. (as was the case when selecting desktop mode during installation). I havent configured a network and hence unable to take remote session using ssh.

Any pointers on correcting this issue?

Read about changing the grub properties, bootenv.rc file but I havent got a clear idea on changing them.

(Used a Sun Microsystems display for install)

Thanks in advance.
# 2  
Old 04-30-2014
I think we need more information and to ask some questions first.

1. Using this exact same hardware, if you throw on a different operating system (eg, Windows or Linux distro) does the GUI work?
2. What settings are there in your BIOS that affect the graphics display?
3. If you boot a Solaris x86 'live' DVD (there's certainly an excellent Solaris 11 (x86) version which will allow you to install from it afterwards) does the GUI work? It also allows you to select a VESA (generic) display driver.

Please post back your progress, or lack of.

Oh and what is the graphics adapter in the box? On board or add-on?

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# 3  
Old 04-30-2014
It's also possible that your system is switching to console output. And easy way to check is to connect a terminal to the serial port (if it has one).
# 4  
Old 05-02-2014
Thanks for the reply..,

Quote:
1. Using this exact same hardware, if you throw on a different operating system (eg, Windows or Linux distro) does the GUI work?
Yes, the GUI is proper on installing windows 7


Quote:
2. What settings are there in your BIOS that affect the graphics display?
The graphics card is onboard Intel Q43/Q45 express

Quote:
3. If you boot a Solaris x86 'live' DVD (there's certainly an excellent Solaris 11 (x86) version which will allow you to install from it afterwards) does the GUI work? It also allows you to select a VESA (generic) display driver.
Will give it a try with latest Solaris 11 and update you.
Is there any way to get the command line atleast by any changes in bootenv?

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Quote:
Originally Posted by DustinT
It's also possible that your system is switching to console output. And easy way to check is to connect a terminal to the serial port (if it has one).
Can we find this in any logs? Serial port is available but I currently do not have hardware cable to connect. Most importantly, how can I redirect it to VGA?
Thanks for your time.

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# 5  
Old 05-02-2014
Solaris 11 supports a more comprehensive list of graphics adapters than Solaris 10. So trying Solaris 11 'live' DVD may work.

Also, you could try constraining the console to text mode by modifying GRUB:

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# 6  
Old 05-02-2014
Hi
Modified the grub to the following and tried boot.

Quote:
grub edit> kernel /platform/i86pc/multiboot -B console=force-text
Am I missing something?

additionally,
checked the syslog, it shows errors related to PCI device.
# 7  
Old 05-02-2014
Quote:
Modified the grub to the following and tried boot.
and what happened?

Searching Google there are reports of trouble with Intel graphics chipsets and Solaris 10.

Definitely suggest that you proceed with downloading Solaris 11 x86 'live' DVD and try that. There are a lot more graphics chipsets supported on Solaris 11 than prior versions.

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