Approximately 9/26/03 15:28, my_name_isobel uttered for posterity:
You need to put a bootable CD-ROM in there. You should be able
to pick up a set of Solaris 8 CD-ROM's off eBay cheap. Or 9.
Or make a bootable from the iso images.
With a bootable CD-ROM in the drive, then you can enter
"boot cdrom" from the OK prompt and it will boot from the
cdrom unless something is busted and you are missing a
boot error message.
Even if the CD-ROM is bad, it is just an IDE unit, with
pretty good detail at sunsolve.sun.com or docs.sun.com
for the hardware manual. The same cdrom is used in the
Once the CD boots the read only solaris, it creates a mount
point of /a
You then mount your hard drive on /a and erase the password
Gory details on commands available at the google public library.
There is no bios. It is an OpenBoot PROM.
Even if the boot device is set, you can still tell it to
boot from the CD rom.
Boot disk is the norm. "disk" is an alias in the OBP for
the root drive's hardware address. Under normal cirstances
you want this, so it automatically boots without manual
As it starts to boot, hit the Stop A key [or pull the keyboard
cable momentarily] and it will go to the OK prompt.
Sorry, can't recall the syntax of the probe-ide command so
you can check whether or not the cdrom is alive.