Installing OpenServer Release 5.0.5

This guide applies to OSR 5.0.5 ONLY

See also:

  • Installing OSR 5.0.0
  • Installing OSR 5.0.2
  • Installing OSR 5.0.4
  • Setup up and configuring the Add Ons
  • Install Problems

    Installing OSR 5 is very straight forward and should not cause any major problems. These notes are aimed at BDS Technical Staff and not the end user. If you are an end-user and are attempting the install then this should make sense - if not don't try it.

    These notes should be used in association with the OSR 5 release notes supplied with the system.


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    Additional, more detailed installation information is contained in these html files which are readable from the CD-ROM media prior to installation:

    info/opensrvr/english, the text version is in info/opensrvr/relnotes.txt.

    Note: If there are ANY errors during the load START AGAIN, try switching OFF Internal and External cache in the BIOS during the load. If you cut corners here you may well get stuck later on.

    With release 5.0.5 you can, if your system supports it, install directly from the CD rom which is by far the better option. You will need to alter the BIOS so the bootable CD is active.

    Make sure you have:

  • OSR 5 Boot disk (if not using the bootable CD option)
  • CD Rom
  • Serial numbers
  • User Licences (if needed)
  • SCSI Tapes should be set with an ID of 2

    SCSI CD's should be set with an ID of 5

    Inset the CD/Floppy and reset the machine - You should see:

    Press return

    Check hardware listing and if Ok press return to continue

    After the licence screens you will be asked to select the install media e.g.

    SCSI CD Rom

    Installation from a SCSI CD-ROM is easiest.

    Install from SCSI CD
    Media Device to be used SCSI CD Rom
    Adapter Type alad, Adaptec 294x 394x
    SCSI Host adapter 0
    SCSI ID 5
    SCSI LUN 0
    SCSI BUS 0

    If you have a different SCSI host adapter, use the appropriate driver name from the following table instead of alad:

        Host adapter                                           Driver name
        Adaptec 152x                                           spad
        Adaptec 154x, 154x emulation, 164x                     ad
        Adaptec 174x                                           eiad
        Adaptec 274x (7770 chip)                               arad
        Adaptec 2940x (7870 chip)                              alad
        Future Domain 1650, 1670, 1680, 600, 700 (1800 chip)   fdha
        Future Domain 7000                                     wdha
        Future Domain 7000ex                                   wdex
        Future Domain 845, 850, 860, 885 (950 chip)            tmcha
        Olivetti ESC-1, ESC-2, and EFP                         efp
        Storage Plus SCSI-AT (SUMO)                            sumo

    IDE CD Rom

    Only fully ATAPI complient IDE CD's will work.
    Install from IDE CD
    Media Type IDE CD ROM
    Controller primary
    Master/Slave slave

    Determining your system configuration for ATAPI (EIDE) CD-ROM

    If you are uncertain of the hardware configuration of your system, but you know that the primary hard disk is attached to an IDE controller, the following information will allow you to determine the most likely configuration.

    Entries for the ATAPI CD-ROM will appear in system hardware report that is onscreen after booting. Look for lines of the following form, and especially a line with the string: type=wd:

    %adapter 0x01f0-0x01f7 14 - type=wd ha=0 id=7 bus=0 fts=d

    Here, ha=0 indicates that the ATAPI CD-ROM drive is attached to the Primary IDE controller.

    %adapter 0x0170-0x0177 15 - type=wd ha=1 id=7 bus=0 fts=d

    Here, ha=1 indicates that the ATAPI CD-ROM drive is attached to the Secondary IDE controller.

    If there is another device attached to the IDE controler, the effective SCSI ID of the CD-ROM drive is 0 if it is configured as a Master device or 1 if it is configured as a Slave device. If the other device is the primary hard disk drive, the CD-ROM drive will normally be configured as a Slave device. If your system has a primary SCSI hard disk, the CD-ROM drive may be configured as a Master device.

    If there is no other device attached to the IDE controller, the CD-ROM drive should have been configured as a Master device with an effective SCSI ID of 0.

    NOTE: The base I/O addresses and interrupt vectors shown on your system might differ from the examples shown above.

    Once the media has been verified you will be asked:

    Keyboard Selection UK English
    Licence Details See COLA
    Install Type Fresh

    System Name: Name of the machine
    Domain: uucp
    Security: Traditional
    Time Zone Europe / GMT with Daylight Saving
    Language: Standard C (English)

    Note: The computer Name, IP address and domain will be on the configuration form. DO NOT just pick something off the top of your head.

    Standard Enterprise configuration Yes
    Lightweight No
    Database services No

    Configure the hard disk to suit your need. Do not use the entire disk for root, as the root partitions is usually the first to fail. You have three options on how to configure the disk(s) The 'Customise' option is by far the easiest to use.

    Swap Minimum 64Mb, not less than 2 x installed RAM
    Root Minimum 700Mb, no more than 1.2Gb
    u Split the rest of the disk into as many areas as required.
    Generally make no one filesystem larger than 2Gb and not smaller then 500Mb.

  • Bad Tracking: If you want but will add time, not normally needed for modern disks.

  • Select the software that you will install.

  • Configuring Optional Software

    Network Card : If you are using a supported type use Autodetect, If in doubt just select Defer and configure it later using netconfig.

    Note: To save a lot of time and effort, use only supported network cards, certainly NOT NE2000 clones.

    If this computer is going to be part of a network, then you will need to assign it an IP address.

    There are 3 IP address ranges available for use in a Private Network: to to to

    Given that 192.168.x.0 is the Network Address and 192.168.x.255 is the Broadcast Address.

    Network Address
    IP Address:
    Net Mask
    IPX Number : Accept default
    IPX network: Accept default
    IPX Framing: Accept default

    Use a supported video card, failing that use the generic VESA SVGA driver. Performance is not great but better than nothing.

    Card: If using a supported card select it orther wise use VESA SVGA
    Video mode: Accept default
    Monitor: Accept default
    Graphical login: Set to OFF

    Leave the resolution set at default at present, this can be reconfigured once the install has finished.

    The load of the software is automatic from this point on. If any errors occur, try a 'retry' otherwise start again.

    Once installed re-boot as advised.

    If there are any additional user licences, install them via: scoadmin -> licence manager

    You will still need to register but this can be done at a later point. It may be easier to continue with the rest and register when install finished.

    Register Enterprise/User licences by visiting www.sco.com.

    Comments and suggestions always welcome - tom@tkrh.demon.co.uk