SUMMARY: SunPCi card problem

From: Jeff Kennedy (
Date: Thu Feb 03 2000 - 15:55:11 CST

First off, thanks to so many people for their replies. There were more
than I expected.

As it turns out, the cdrom never worked correctly until the win98
drivers hit the streets. Sun said that they always mapped R: to
/cdrom. That's fine if you only want to copy files from the cd to disk
but just try running something from the cd with it mapped like that. It
pukes. And for those who say "But it worked on the install!" you are
correct and I have nothing for that one. I tried running Hover from the
win95 cd and got errors about 'executable not found' when I had just
clicked on it and there it was staring me in the face. If I copied the
directory to the disk and ran it everything was fine, just no running
from cd. Why?

UNC path names. Every error message started with
"\\path\to\cdrom\executable not found". Hmmmm, network drives, windows,
unc, ...... damn. It made sense after that.

I can't summarize why win98 fixed it because even Sun doesn't know for
sure, but run the win98 drivers included in SUNWspci 1.2 instead of
win95 drivers and it works just like it should.

Now I just have to figure out how to get all this to jumpstart without


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: SunPCi card problem
Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2000 13:21:52 -0800
From: Jeff Kennedy <>
Organization: AMCC
To: Sun-Managers List <>

Salutations all,

I have installed a SunPCi card in my Ultra5 running 2.5.1 with patch
104560-05. The hardware is installed properly (prtconf | grep
SUNW,CS4231) and SUNWspci added without errors. I have run sunspci and
installed Windows95 successfully and added the SunPCi drivers. It's
even on the network as I can ping my router. The only problem is that I
can't attach a cdrom. It doesn't show in explorer and I can't map it to
E:\cdrom\cdrom0 or E:/cdrom/cdrom0. Vold is running on Solaris. Win95
installed from cd so it got to it at one point.

None of the documentation I have, or what's listed on sunsolve, says
anything about win95 and cdroms. There was mention of a cdrom problem
under NT but it didn't apply. My problem is that it's just not there.

This is my first attempt at this and have never had any exposure to it
either. The only thing in the system panel that may be an issue is the
USb bus. I haven't loaded the drivers for that yet but it shouldn't
have anything to do with an ide cdrom.

Any insight on this would be greatly appreciated.


Jeff Kennedy

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