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Strongbolt 1.x Installation Notes
Troubleshooting strongbolt 1 installation
Updating the ROM
Identify your ROM type
Strongbolt 1 forum
Strongbolt FAQ
CentOS3 BlueQuartz Howto
Strongbolt Compatibility
Tips and Tricks
SB1 kernel update
SANTA CLARA, CA -- May 13, 2002 -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. is making the delivery of network applications simpler and more affordable than ever with the introduction of the Sun Cobalt RaQ(tm) 550 server appliance.
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The Strongbolt2 ROM
With the arrival of Strongbolt2, we have a new ROM for Cobalt servers.
The new ROM is based on the source from, but modified to include a 2.6 kernel. The reason for this is to facillitate booting from USB and support for extra hardware.
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Strongbolt 2 upgrade released
A new year sees a completely new release of Strongbolt.
The Strongbolt2 upgrade is an easy process that just involves installing a couple of packages through the package management interface (bluelinq).
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Support from OS Office is nothing short of amazing.
Finding companies that stand behind their products these days can be challenging, but the staff at OS Office proves they still exist.
I continue to be stunned by their response times and outstanding service.
Jim Murray
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Troubleshooting Strongbolt 1.x installation

Troubleshooting Strongbolt 1.x installation


1. Nothing happens - it just reads "Loading Kernel" (RaQ 3/4's only)


The chances are, you have an early ROM. The system will still boot the install disk, but will not show the LCD output. Whilst booting the RaQ from net, you should see the RX/TX light flash lots.
      If this is the case - you will need to perform a "manual rom update". Use the system recovery method described above then perform a ROM update

2. How to find out the current rom version (only available on some ROM versions)
      Hold down 'S' whilst powering up the server appliance.
      When the LCD reads "Select Option" press 'S' until it reads "System Info"
      Now Press "E".
      The LCD will display the ROM version number.

   3. Make sure that your ethernet cable is plugged into the first network port on the RaQ. This port is marked with a single I.
   4. Reset the cmos - we advice to do this to erase any configuration settings that may disrupt the install. This is done by holding down "E" immediately after powering up the RaQ. The LCD will read "cmos restored".
   5. Check your hard drive jumper settings - They should be set to "Master".

   6. RaQ 3/4's ONLY Check that the primary drive is in the front IDE slot. This slot often has the pins facing towards the front, and has no plastic surround.
   7. If you are installing with one hard drive, ensure that it is in the Primary position.

   8. RaQ550's ONLY If you are installing with one hard drive, ensure that it is in the Primary IDE bay.