I am in the process of creating a DEV box for hosting my projects and I am wanting to install Solaris 11.1 onto a Lenovo Desktop PC .
Currently the system has a OEM version of Windows 7 installed on it.
So I downloaded the latest Live image of Solaris from Oracle and burned it using Windows burn utility.
I then boot the DVD using UEFI mode and the GRUB menu displays all the various options to start the Solaris install process.
No matter which option I choose the install hangs on the black screen saying the OS version and the Copyright notice.
The text cursor is not blinking (has it crashed?)
I found this screenshot which shows what I get (note screenshot is from VM)
Things I have done:
Flashed the BIOS to latest version
Tried booting solaris from a live usb
Reburned the solaris iso image
Waited an hour to see if it progresses
Things I am going to do:
Use a different ISO utility
Test if Linux can boot from PC
not sure if your problems are the same as the ones i encountered on my thinkpad -
What kind of vga card is in your computer?
My thinkpad W530 refused to boot Solaris 11.1 in UEFI mode, I had to add the flag: "-B uefirt_disable=1" to my grub to prevent a kernel panic when booting; furthermore I could not get nvidia graphics driver to work properly (not the bundled version nor the one downloaded from nvidias webpage). To prevent my system from freezing on the system version screen i had to use vesa mode, i.e. "-B livemode=vesa" to my grub to be able to pass that stage of the installer and install the system.
try to add -B livemode=vesa -B uefirt_disable=1 to your grub entry (press e, and insert this at the end of the line that starts with $multiboot)
Thanks for your response,
I should have updated this thread.
Unfortunately Lenovo put a "bug" in their UEFI control that allows only "Windows" and "Red Hat Linux" to boot.
Any other OS with a string in the UEFI identifier that does not match this will not boot.
When I say it is a bug, Lenovo have in the past got a reputation for using Safe boot to limit non Windows OS's from starting on a machine.
Check out the article I read here: