Subject: Re: unbootable new disk?
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Steve Bellovin <email@example.com>
Date: 11/26/2004 21:26:08
I received a private note that mentioned similar problems -- but moving
the drive to another machine solved the problem. The author's
conclusion was that it was likely some unknown BIOS bug.
I changed the BIOS setting for the disk to LBA, from "Auto" (the other
choices were "Large" and "C/H/S"); after that, it worked just fine.
Looking back at my postings I see this:
# fdisk wd1
NetBSD disklabel disk geometry:
cylinders: 310101, heads: 16, sectors/track: 63 (1008 sectors/cylinder)
total sectors: 312581808
BIOS disk geometry:
cylinders: 1024, heads: 240, sectors/track: 63 (15120 sectors/cylinder)
total sectors: 268435455
Why do the BIOS and NetBSD number of sectors disagree? The same is
true now, with the system running. Yes, it's a 160G drive, but I have
a 160G drive on another machine, and the two geometries give the same
total on it. Is this some BIOS limitation in dealing with a large
drive? And might that have been at the root of my problem?
--Steve Bellovin, http://www.research.att.com/~smb