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Hi everybody, I was trying to install RH-9 on a 40GB samsung hard disk but i failed. 1- The instalation says try to start second partition(/dev/hda2=ext2 root) within 1024 cylinders. i started at 1020.still it shows a warning boot loader can not start. 2- After few package installed it complained HARDWARE PROBLEM aborting and aborted the installation. when i re boot the system i saw the partition table is currupted. MBR gone and i'm in deep trouble. But i can install it on a 20GB Seagate. My question is does RH-9 support 40-GB Hard disk??? or What wrong I made??? ...

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    Hi everybody,
    I was trying to install RH-9 on a 40GB samsung hard disk but i failed.
    1- The instalation says try to start second partition(/dev/hda2=ext2
    root) within 1024 cylinders. i started at 1020.still it shows a warning
    boot loader can not start.

    2- After few package installed it complained HARDWARE PROBLEM aborting
    and aborted the installation.

    when i re boot the system i saw the partition table is currupted.
    MBR gone and i'm in deep trouble.

    But i can install it on a 20GB Seagate.

    My question is does RH-9 support 40-GB Hard disk???

    or What wrong I made???

    Thanks in advance.

    Ashok.

    das Guest

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    "das" <com> wrote in message
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    Within the first 1024, not starting at.
     

    Of course :)
     

    Don't know. If it works on a 20GB then I'd say the disk is broken. But you
    didn't really give much to go on.
    Why don't you put it in a working system to test it ?

    -Jonas


    Jonas Guest

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    On Sun, 26 Oct 2003 00:13:22 +0530,
    das <com> wrote: 

    I didn't have to worry about where my partition started in RH7.2, which
    works fine with my 40G drive.
     

    With vague messages like that I'm glad I don't use RH anymore.
     

    Been there. If you've played with it since your data (if any) might be
    trashed. But you've got a good excuse to start fresh.
     

    Yes.
     

    Give yourself at least 2G, 4G should be more than enough. There should
    be an option to make a boot disk. Do so. Once you know it works then
    you can clean up how it boots.

    I'd try again with the 40G unless you know it has a hardware problem and
    an installer failing with HARDWARE problem is hardly definitive. If
    it's FUBAR then you've nothing to lose.


    Michael C.
    --
    com http://mcsuper5.freeshell.org/
    Registered Linux User #303915 http://counter.li.org/


    Michael Guest

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    das wrote:
     


    I think you need a computer with an intel architecture as well.

    the question is, what era is this ?

    Pentium, Supersocket 7, or pentium 2 and later ?


     

    Its a warning that the boot loader MAY NOT work, on the older computers
    that dont have LBA32 bios (modern extensions so avoid the 1024cylinder
    problem)

    Someone else noted already, the warning is put the partition WHOLLY
    INSIDE 1024 cylinders. but assuming you have a p3 or p4, or equiv,
    forget the warning.

     

    Completely seperate to the warning in 1.
    I think you have a bad hard disk.


     

     


     

    yes.

    you could try to format the 40G drive and see if it succeeds,
    or go into bios and check the "SMART" settings, the drive will remember
    its errors.


    Leon Guest

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    "Jonas Alver" <com> wrote in message
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    >
    > Within the first 1024, not starting at.

    >
    > Of course :)

    >
    > Don't know. If it works on a 20GB then I'd say the disk is broken. But you
    > didn't really give much to go on.
    > Why don't you put it in a working system to test it ?[/ref]

    Or better yet, why not allow it to auto-partition, and use grub, not LILO?
    This will set up a "/boot" partition at the start of the disk, and avoid the
    worst of the possible old BIOS limiations that might occur on really, really
    old machines which required the "kernel cannot be loaded from boot partition
    with cylinders numbered more than 1023".


    Nico Guest

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    >> 2- After few package installed it complained HARDWARE PROBLEM aborting 
    >
    > Completely seperate to the warning in 1. I think you have a bad hard
    > disk.
    >[/ref]

    either that or it is connected improperly.
    check cabling and jumper settings.

    Eric
    Eric Guest

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