Subject: Re: Large Disks / Clean Install
To: Wolfgang Solfrank <>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: current-users
Date: 01/29/1999 13:09:41
On Jan 29, Wolfgang Solfrank wrote
> Hi,
> > Known brockennes of the current i386 BIOS: it's limited to 16383 * 16 * 63
> > (which means you can't boot from a partition after the 8G limit).
> This is not correct.  If your BIOS supports int13-extensions, and you are
> using -current "fdisk -i" to initialize the MBR code, it will boot from
> partitions beyond the 8G limit.  The code from M$ will only boot partitions
> beyond the limit if they are special type partitions (all supported types
> are FAT in some form).

Sure, I forgot this case. But in this case the BIOS will not use
C/H/S either.
Hum, how will sysinst/fdisk deal with this ?

Manuel Bouyer, LIP6, Universite Paris VI.