FATAL: system is not bootable, boot command is disabled OBP message

This type of a warning can appear on systems such as a Sun Fire[TM] V880.

In most cases, this warning occurs at the OBP “ok” prompt if the power-up
initialization (right after the banner was displayed) was aborted. Usually,
this is done by using the Stop-A keystroke (XIR Reset).

If after such an occurrence “boot” command is executed, the system displays
the following error:

{1} ok boot
FATAL: OpenBoot initialization sequence prematurely terminated.
FATAL: system is not bootable, boot command is disabled

The system at that point does not boot.

In most cases, this just means that since the proper initialization of the
machine wasn’t allowed to complete, the system is unable to boot. This is
done to make sure that OS deamons (such as picld) do not have problems as
they start up during boot (because of the improperly initialized memory,

To get the machine to boot properly, issue the “reset-all” command.

If for whatever reason there is a need for the “boot” command to be

executed manually, please run the following command sequence at the “ok” prompt:

ok setenv auto-boot? false
ok reset-all

Now, the machine will reset. Allow it to fully initialize. It will then
give the ok prompt without booting automatically.

At this point if the “boot” command is manually executed, it should work
without errors. Also, before running the manual boot, the “auto-boot?”
variable could be set back to “true”. This way, the system will again be
set back to its original setting for the next time it is reset or power

NOTE: Seeing the “FATAL: system is not bootable …” message even
after following the above procedure most likely indicates a real problem
(possibly a hardware problem) with that machine. Another possibility may be an
invalid setting. If you suspect this you can use the following procedure. This
procedure resets all parameters to factory default settings, so use caution.

ok printenv ### save this information ###
ok set-defaults ### to reset all parameters to factory default settings ###
ok reset-all

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