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An urgent call for help

I am new with Sun and havn't been working with it for more then a week now, but I have ran into a problem. I have a Sun V210 box with 2 Fujitsu hard drives. I had everything working on the box (solaris 8), but I was told that some more things needed to be configured. Rather then risking messing the system up, I decided to do a fresh install.

I powered down the machine, but from what I can remember it just went to ALOM. From there I tried a few commands, but the machine didn't appear to shutdown so I pulled the plug. Upon next boot up everything worked fine and after the 5-7 minute process I was presented with a login. Just as I was about to type my password a series of non-stop errors came up allowing me to do nothing. I am not sure what the issue is and I was wondering if someone could help me out.

I am hoping its not a fried drive. Here is he errors:


scsi: WARNING: /pci@1c,600000/scsi@2/sd@0,0 (sd0):
Error for Command: read(10)
Error Level: Retryable
Requested Block: 11303056
Error Block: 11303056
Vendor: FUJITSU
Serial Number: 0709B0L42M
Sense Key: Unit Attention
ASC: 0x29 (bus device reset message occurred), ASCQ: 0x3, FRU: 0x0

scsi: WARNING: /pci@1c,600000/scsi@2/sd@0,0 (sd0):
Error for Command: read(10)
Error Level: Retryable
Requested Block: 26936848
Error Block: 26936848
Vendor: FUJITSU
Serial Number: 0709B0L42M
Sense Key: Media Error
ASC: 0x11 (read retries exhausted), ASCQ: 0x1, FRU: 0x0

scsi: WARNING: /pci@1c,600000/scsi@2/sd@0,0 (sd0):
Error for Command: read(10)
Error Level: Fatal
Requested Block: 26936848
Error Block: 26936848
Vendor: FUJITSU
Serial Number: 0709B0L42M
Sense Key: Media Error
ASC: 0x11 (read retries exhausted), ASC:0x1, FRU: 0x0


scsi: WARNING: /pci@1c,600000/scsi@2/sd@0,0 (sd0):
Error for Command: read(10)
Error Level: Retryable
Requested Block: 26936848
Error Block: 26936848
Vendor: FUJITSU
Serial Number: 0709B0L42M
Sense Key: Media Error
ASC: 0x11 (read retries exhausted), ASCQ: 0x1, FRU: 0x0


These keep scrolling down the screen until I just shut the machine down by holding the power button in. I have tried sticking the solaris 8 CD back in but I am not sure if the box is booting to it or going straight to the drive. Thanks in advance
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First I would stop playing with the power button. Like non-Solaris hosts they don't like that. If you keep doing that you will have dead drives.

Try using the Stop+A command to halt the box and run an fsck -y at the openboot prompt. Then do a reboot which should get the system stable. Next time you want to stop a run away box do the Stop+A command then a sync before you do hit the power button.
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Thank you for the quick response and sorry to ask, but what is the Stop+A command?
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It looks like you do have a dead drive. The fact that the errors won't stop and went from retryable to fatal is fairly ominous.

I'm not sure what to do about wanting to boot from cdrom but it keeps giving you errors so you can't type decently. On an older box I'd say send it a break to get to the OK> prompt then just type "boot cdrom" carefully. Just because it scrolls off the screen as you type shouldn't matter. I'm not sure if that would work with a newer box that has an ALOM though, I suspect it won't.

ps. Stop-A is how you send a break if you have a Sun keyboard plugged in. If you don't I think you would try ~ ctrl-B for an alternate break sequence.
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Originally Posted by bsdixon
Thank you for the quick response and sorry to ask, but what is the Stop+A command?
On a standard Sun Keyboard you should have two rows of keys on the left side of the keyboard. Since you have a rack server you might have a rack keyboard which I think has those keys missing.
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If you are connected by a terminal then "send a break" by whatever means that terminal supports.
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on a lom/alom card that would be '#.'
followed by 'break' from the lom> or sc> promt if memory serves it is sc> on a 210.
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