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Hi,

 

I recently aquired an 8 GB Flash Voyager in order to use it as

boot disk for a Solaris based file server. Problem is that I´m

not able to boot from it...

The server is based on a Gigabyte ds3r motherboard

(intel G33, Core2, Award Bios) and I have tried the following:

 

Boot server from Flash Voyager - Not Ok, the Bios detects the

flash drive but apparently does not consider it bootable, if I enter

the bootmenu it does not show up as an alternative boot-drive

as is the case for the Sandisk drive below.

 

Boot labtop from the same Flash Voyager - OK!

(This is an older laptop with a turion and Phoenix bios)

 

Boot server from a 4 GB Sandisk Cruzer Micro - OK!

(But I need more than 4 GB to enable live upgrade on Solaris)

 

Boot laptop from Sandisk Cruzer - OK!

 

So, I´ve got 3 out of 4 working, and of course the remaining

one is the only one I´m interested in :-)

 

Any known issues with newer Award Bios? Any other ideas?

 

Regards

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Hi,

 

I recently aquired an 8 GB Flash Voyager in order to use it as

boot disk for a Solaris based file server. Problem is that I´m

not able to boot from it...

The server is based on a Gigabyte ds3r motherboard

(intel G33, Core2, Award Bios) and I have tried the following:

 

Boot server from Flash Voyager - Not Ok, the Bios detects the

flash drive but apparently does not consider it bootable, if I enter

the bootmenu it does not show up as an alternative boot-drive

as is the case for the Sandisk drive below.

 

Boot labtop from the same Flash Voyager - OK!

(This is an older laptop with a turion and Phoenix bios)

 

Boot server from a 4 GB Sandisk Cruzer Micro - OK!

(But I need more than 4 GB to enable live upgrade on Solaris)

 

Boot laptop from Sandisk Cruzer - OK!

 

So, I´ve got 3 out of 4 working, and of course the remaining

one is the only one I´m interested in :-)

 

Any known issues with newer Award Bios? Any other ideas?

 

Regards

/P

 

That MOBO has had some boot problems with an installed RAID array. See http://forum.x86-secret.com/showthread.php?t=7882

Hope this helps...:confused:

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No, actually the reason for running solaris is using zfs to avoid the mess

with raid config etc. During the process of debugging this I have also actually

removed all other disks and peripherals from this machine, so the last try was

with only a single USB stick connected. Both the intel and jmicron sata

controllers are however configured to ahci mode which affects the bios

initialisation sequence as ahci bios first is loaded for the intel ich9r and then

for the jmicron. Could maybe be worth a try to configure them in ide-mode,

but then again, that configuration is really not what I want and it does

boot with the sandisk stick...

 

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Started with zfs, then ufs and as a pure trial a completly

different installation with fat, same behaviour for all, i.e.

possible to boot from the sandisk but not the voyager.

For zfs I really haven't checked whether the

installer has som tricks like creating an extra fat partition

for boot or similar, but the documentation (nexenta core 1.0)

explicitly states that installation to usb sticks should be

possible.

 

Thanks for trying to help, but I won't pursue this further,

I just sold the stick to a colleague for a good price (for him)

instead. Oh well, good that someone came out happy :-)

 

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