SUMMARY: Jumpstart with Gigabit Ethernet (ARP/RARP Timeout)

David Foster foster at dim.ucsd.edu
Fri Nov 9 20:37:08 EST 2001


Recently someone on this list posted a problem he was having
with Jumpstart where he was getting an error message similar
to the following:

	Timeout waiting for ARP/RARP packets

when trying to boot over the network.

I just solved the same problem for myself, and since I don't
have this person's email I thought I'd share this with the list.

After much searching of the archives, the Solaris 8
Advanced Installation Guide, and even an unhelpful query
of our Sun support folks, I figured out why Jumpstart
wasn't working in my case.

When using Jumpstart with Sun Gigabit Ethernet adapters,
you must first install the Gigabit Ethernet software to
your boot server:

	cd /cdrom/cdrom0/Product          [Solaris Supplement CD]
	pkgadd -R <root-dir>/Solaris_8_04_01/Tools/Boot -d \
		SUNWged SUNWgedm SUNWgedu

where <root-dir> is the "root=" entry in /etc/bootparams (or
in NIS "bootparams" map if you're using NIS) for the host you
are installing (use appropriate version of Solaris as found on the CD).

Then you must specify the Gigabit device explicitly when booting:

       ok show-nets
           a) /pci at 1f,2000/pci at 1/network at 4
           b) /pci at 1f,4000/network at 1,1
           q) NO SELECTION
           Enter Selection, q to quit: q

       ok boot /pci at 1f,2000/pci at 1/network at 4 - install

This is all explained in the Sun GigabitEthernet Adapter
Installation Guide.

Hope this helps someone. Jumpstart is cool, but the troubleshooting
section of the docs is a joke! Maybe that's why we see so many
Jumpstart questions on this list.

Dave Foster


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