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Old 09-11-2006, 05:29 AM   #1
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Question Disk error 01, AX = 4209, drive 9F Boot failed: press a key to retry. ...

Hello all,

I had Dell inspiron 8200 installed with win XP professional and Suse linux 10.1

I have installed a new windows xp professional on the laptop (fresh copy with formatting), now i am trying to install linux again ( using a DVD used before from a linux magazine), but i get a error massage like this ..

Disk error 01, AX = 4209, drive 9F Boot failed: press a key to retry. ...

(on windows xp side , I have burned a couple of CDs for backup using Sonic recordNow)

any idea about what may be wrong ?
Old 09-11-2006, 07:19 AM   #2
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Here's a guess:
I have noticed that when BIOS LBA-detection is on "auto" then often BIOS and Linux will have different ideas about the drive geometry.
Linux seems to use LBA as default, the BIOS in my computers use "large".
To try it, do this:
1.) Run setup, write down the harddrive settings. LBA/large, number of heads & cylinders.
Do not change anything! You might ruin everything on the drive!
2.) Boot a live-CD. Check with fdisk:
# fdisk -l
What does it say about your disk? If the geometry differs from BIOS, enter fdisk and change them:
# fdisk /dev/hda
Use 'm' for menu, I don't remember where you change heads, cylinders etc.

If the settings are identical, the problem is somewhere else. Currently I have no other ideas.


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