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Old 01-29-2007, 03:07 PM   #1
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Booting problems after putting in extra Harddisk


I just bought a new harddisk for my server. Now I have about 9 harddisk in my server.

This my setup at the moment:

- Two IDE Harddisks connected to the motherboard
- Two SATA Harddisks connected to the Fasttrack SATA controllers (onboard) on the motherboard
- Four IDE Harddisks on a Promise Ultra133 IDE Controller

And just now I have bought a Promise SATA300 TX4 Controller and connected a Western Digital 500GB drive to it.

The problem I've been getting after connecting the new WD 500GB HD, partitioning it as an EXT3 and rebooting is the following: after it is connected in addition to the other harddisks that are already in there I encounter some trouble booting LILO.

It just says "LIL" and keeps hanging there.

According to some documentation this is the problem:
The second stage boot loader has been started, but it can't load the descriptor table from the map file. This is typically caused by a media failure or by a geometry mismatch.

I have rebooted my server using an Ubuntu Live CD or Knoppix in order to repartition/reformat the harddisk. I have also tried several filesystems (EXT2, ReiserFS) but still get the same problem. At the moment I am really clueless on what the problem might be. Help is much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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have you reran lilo after making these changes? Whenever I modify hard drive setup, I always rerun lilo. I've forgotten to do it a couple times and had to boot a livecd and do the same. Not sure what distro you're running, but this is the case for me at least with gentoo.
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I haven't rerun lilo, never had to do so after installing a new drive. I am using Debian by the way. Could it be anything else perhaps, BIOS settings perhaps?
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Maybe it's changing the disk order. Do a "fdsik -l" with and without the new disk, and make sure the disks you know about are still named the same.
Other than that, can't help.
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The system interacts between the BIOS and the motherboard. The original BIOS was intended to include a total of 8 hard drives. YOUR configuration, as awesome and desirable as it is, is 9 hard drives. Beyond the capabilities of the BIOS. YOU need to upgrade the BIOS, and/or upgrade the motherboard.


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