Just a minor speedbump on this weekend’s project…

I recently bought a Via PC2500E motherboard in order to build a low-power replacement for my current backup / rsnapshot system, a 2.5-year-old Dell SC420.

Got all the parts in, assembled the system tonight, and went to boot Solaris Express Community Edition; the latest release being Nevada B83a. I got the ISO image downloaded, burned a DVD, and booted the system.

For some reason, it boots straight into a grub prompt, and not into the installer or even a boot menu.

Oh well; now I have to spend another three hours downloading the latest Solaris Express Developer Edition, which is Nevada B79b. Hopefully it will work properly on the Via board.

I really don’t want to have to run FreeBSD 7; it’s ZFS support is still a little unreliable.

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