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18 : Selected cylinder exceeds maximum supported by BIOS
This error is returned when a read is attempted at a linear block address beyond the end of the BIOS translated area. This generally happens if your disk is larger than the BIOS can handle (512MB for (E)IDE disks on older machines or larger than 8GB in general).
First thing to try is edit the BIOS. When you turn the power on the computer, press the key(s) as required for your computer, during POST (Power On Self Test). On some computers, you press the control key, others it may be alt+F7. At any rate, check your computers documentation for the key(s) to press during POST to edit the BIOS.
Go through the menu items until you find the one that shows you the hard drives, with their sizes, cylinders, sectors, etc. On the right hand end of the line for the slave drive, it probably shows the word NORMAL. Tab across to that word, then (I think it's the enter key to press) to cycle though options. Stop when you get to LBA (for hard drivers larger than the limit mentioned by Arow).
Save and exit. The boot process should then proceed normally.
If you run the Linux rescue it may automatically search the Linux and mount the partition for you. You still need to chroot to it and do the boot loader restoration work.
Using the Live CD you then understand the steps involved, know how to find which partition to mount and mount the partition manually yourself. It is a good education and pretty fundamental to a Linux user to know. You grab Linux by its horn!
The important part of it is once you learn the steps you can rescue any Linux with any Livce CD.
Linux rescue is not universally provided by every distro and each family has its own way of slightly different rescuing operation.