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When you started your installed HD image, you didn't add -bios ss5.bin to the command line like you did during the installation and also you didn't add -nographic.

This means QEMU would have used OpenBIOS instead of the Sun OBP ROM used for the installation which have different device trees that may confuse the OS. I would highly recommend sticking with one particular ROM for both installation and use.

If you want a graphical console with the Sun OBP ROM image then you need to boot like this:

  • sparc-softmmu/qemu-system-sparc -M SS-5 -bios ss5.bin -hda HDD/sunos8.img -m 256 -g 1024x768 -vga cg3
sparc-softmmu/qemu-system-sparc -M SS-5 \
    -bios ss5.bin -hda HDD/sunos8.img \
    -m 256 -g 1024x768 -vga cg3

That should get you a plain framebuffer which is enough to boot into the Solaris 8 XWindows installer.

I believe the issue with Java not starting is until under investigation.

When you started your installed HD image, you didn't add -bios ss5.bin to the command line like you did during the installation and also you didn't add -nographic.

This means QEMU would have used OpenBIOS instead of the Sun OBP ROM used for the installation which have different device trees that may confuse the OS. I would highly recommend sticking with one particular ROM for both installation and use.

If you want a graphical console with the Sun OBP ROM image then you need to boot like this:

  • sparc-softmmu/qemu-system-sparc -M SS-5 -bios ss5.bin -hda HDD/sunos8.img -m 256 -g 1024x768 -vga cg3

That should get you a plain framebuffer which is enough to boot into the Solaris 8 XWindows installer.

I believe the issue with Java not starting is until under investigation.

When you started your installed HD image, you didn't add -bios ss5.bin to the command line like you did during the installation and also you didn't add -nographic.

This means QEMU would have used OpenBIOS instead of the Sun OBP ROM used for the installation which have different device trees that may confuse the OS. I would highly recommend sticking with one particular ROM for both installation and use.

If you want a graphical console with the Sun OBP ROM image then you need to boot like this:

sparc-softmmu/qemu-system-sparc -M SS-5 \
    -bios ss5.bin -hda HDD/sunos8.img \
    -m 256 -g 1024x768 -vga cg3

That should get you a plain framebuffer which is enough to boot into the Solaris 8 XWindows installer.

I believe the issue with Java not starting is until under investigation.

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When you started your installed HD image, you didn't add -bios ss5.bin to the command line like you did during the installation and also you didn't add -nographic.

This means QEMU would have used OpenBIOS instead of the Sun OBP ROM used for the installation which have different device trees that may confuse the OS. I would highly recommend sticking with one particular ROM for both installation and use.

If you want a graphical console with the Sun OBP ROM image then you need to boot like this:

  • sparc-softmmu/qemu-system-sparc -M SS-5 -bios ss5.bin -hda HDD/sunos8.img -m 256 -g 1024x768 -vga cg3

That should get you a plain framebuffer which is enough to boot into the Solaris 8 XWindows installer.

I believe the issue with Java not starting is until under investigation.