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Old 06-13-2002, 04:17 PM   #1
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Unhappy Cylinder Boundary

I'm trying to setup a training server with Windows 2000 and Linux 7.1. Specifically, I need to understand the difference between IIS and Apache. The computer system uses an Initio INI-A100U2W SCSI controller and has a Fujitsu MAE3091LC 9.1 Gig SCSI drive connected to it. I currently have the drive divided into a primary FAT16 partition, bootable to Win98 (DOS mode only) and an extended partition with two logical drives formatted as NTFS and being used by Windows 2000 Server. I'd like to install Linux 7.1 on a third partition, however every time I try to install Linux I get an error message indicating that "Partition(s) do not end on a cylinder boundary". The error message further instructs me to include the drive geometry when using the Installer program. According to Initio, I need to specify "Linux noprobe" when using the Installer and then, when prompted, pick the Initio driver from the list. This works fine, however once I get to the screen to define the type of installation I want to perform (Server, Workstation, Custom), I select Custom (because I don't want to lose any of my current partitions), click next, and I get the cylinder boundary error message. If I try to install Linux on the same drive without any predefined partitions, the installation works perfectly and the FDISK utility indicates a disk geometry of C=8704, H=64 and S=32.

My question is, "What do I need to enter during the Installer process so that Linux will recognize my drive and install properly?"

Thanks in advance.

Last edited by Acewannabee; 06-13-2002 at 04:20 PM.
Old 06-13-2002, 04:44 PM   #2
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you will ALWAYS get this error msg because your linux partition is probably after the 1024 cylinder. But you're suppose to be able to install anyways, just be sure to create a floppy boot disk during the install or to install LILO/Grub on the mbr (I don't recommand this anyways, it is not very safe)
Old 06-13-2002, 10:58 PM   #3
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Try giving it the cylinders/heads/sectors like this at the boot prompt:
linux sda=8704,64,32. Change the sda to whatever the drive is. I got that information here. If you need the noprobe, just make the command
linux sda=8704,64,32 noprobe.

Last edited by linuxcool; 06-13-2002 at 11:00 PM.


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