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Solaris 10 x86 Fails to Boot with Error "panic: cannot mount boot archive" (Doc ID 1018947.1)

Last updated on JUNE 06, 2022

Applies to:

Solaris Operating System - Version 10 to 10 8/11 U10 [Release 10.0]
Information in this document applies to any platform.


This document addresses an issue where a Solaris 10 x86 system does not boot due to a corrupted (too small) boot_archive.

The below error message is seen on the console, shortly after GRUB menu disappears:

And the system is not able to boot. Pressing a key to reboot does not result in a successful boot.


Solaris 10 Update 1 introduced the GRUB bootloader and the boot_archive for the x86 platform systems.
This new functionality is also delivered through a set of patches, see: Solaris 10 x86 Platform GRUB Bootloader Architecture and Kernel Patch 118844-27 or Later (<Document 1000670.1>)


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