Subject: Re: installing problems
To: Robert Nestor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Kevin Havener <havenerk@Walden.MO.NET>
Date: 01/20/1998 18:50:52
OK, I was really thinking the 1Gig limit (just for these Quantum Fireball
1.(25)G drives), not the cylinder thing.
I bumped the memory allotted up to 15 M and it made not one whit of
I first made a 500 M mac and 700 M BSD partition. Did not work. Then I
made a 500, 500, 200--the middle 500 was a BSD partition, forget where
swap was. Did not work. Then made a 50 M swap, a 500 root+user, a 500 M
Mac and a 200 M mac. Damn if that didn't fix it. You're going to have
to convince me there isn't a 1G problem of some sort with this disk. I
reformatted the thing a zillion times and let Silverlining thrash on it
(reading and writing sectors) for 8 continous hours. Near as I can tell,
only moving the BSD partition to the front of the disk (and away from 1G
mark) worked. YMMV. (and no, I didn't mess with the cabling at any time)
On Tue, 20 Jan 1998, Robert Nestor wrote:
> Kevin Havener <havenerk@Walden.MO.NET> wrote:
> >None of us could say what's causing the error. I suspect that it won't
> >install if the partition crosses the 1023 cylinder limit. Others report
> >a mismatch between the drive geometry (C/H/S) reported by mkfs and ffs.
> >One who got it to work got a minimal system going on a small root at the
> >front of the disk. Then used *BSD to install the rest--thus he was able
> >to report the geometry mismatch. The rest of us, like you, couldn't get
> >that far.
> I doubt there is a problem with the 1023 cylinder limit. We did have a
> problem with Mkfs and the Installer not handling drives larger than 1Gig,
> but that was a long time ago and both have been fixed (long before
> OpenBSD appeared). In fact the fixes were tested on my 1.6Gig drive a
> year or so ago. Since then I've moved up to a 9Gig drive without a
> problem. Also the drive geometry on SCSI disks shouldn't be an issue.
> Worst case you'd probably see some performance degradation, but shouldn't
> see any file corruption. However, if it realy worries you it's possible
> to tell Mkfs what parameters to use. Most likely the problem is
> insufficent RAM for the Installer, or possibly a SCSI termination issue
> if it's an external drive. Active Termination on the SCSI bus can't hurt
> and in many cases it sure helps.