Solaris installation fails with "cannot open kernel/sparcv9/unix" or "cannot open kernel/unix"
(Doc ID 1001842.1)
Last updated on AUGUST 01, 2019
Applies to:Solaris Operating System - Version 8.0 and later
Attempting to install Solaris fails with the message "cannot open kernel/sparcv9/unix" or “cannot open kernel/unix”.
The message may be encountered while attempting to install the Solaris Operating Environment from the cdrom / dvd media or a JumpStart/network install.
The most common cause of this error is that the Solaris version is not supported on the machine.
The below example is from a Sun Fire V210 after booting from Solaris 9 12/02 installation media:
boot: cannot open kernel/sparcv9/unix
Enter filename [kernel/sparcv9/unix]:
boot: cannot open kernel/unix
Enter filename [kernel/unix]:
To view full details, sign in with your My Oracle Support account.
Don't have a My Oracle Support account? Click to get started!