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Old 01-19-2005, 12:20 PM   #1
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Number of cylinders, w2k,fc3 boot problem

Dear all

I installed fc3 in one of my partition. After i finished intalation i could not login back to my win2k system...i think that it has to do something with the number of cylinders...i have read around that there was a bug and fc3 was taking the liberty to change the cylinder configuration from 1024 to whatever it wanted. I have some serious stuff on the win2k which i do not want to lose. Some information you might find useful:

[root@fc3 dev]# fdisk hda

The number of cylinders for this disk is set to 4870.
There is nothing wrong with that, but this is larger than 1024,
and could in certain setups cause problems with:
1) software that runs at boot time (e.g., old versions of LILO)
2) booting and partitioning software from other OSs

Command (m for help): p

Disk hda: 40.0 GB, 40060403712 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4870 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
hda1 1 3186 25591513+ 17 Hidden HPFS/NTFS
hda2 * 3187 3199 104422+ 83 Linux
hda3 3200 4870 13422307+ 8e Linux LVM

Command (m for help):

i think that if i manage to make hda1 unhidden we might be good

Thank you in advance for your help
Old 01-19-2005, 06:29 PM   #2
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I've narrowed the search down to about 16 threads, one of which should help.

good luck.

Last edited by Peacedog; 01-20-2005 at 06:34 PM.
Old 01-20-2005, 03:37 AM   #3
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i think i got the same results pretty much and i have been through couple of them but not any of them so far of much help...similar problems but not the same:-)...i will exhaust all my options and if the unlikely event of not sorting it out i am coming back here.


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