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Old 04-15-2003, 11:18 AM   #1
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check out this error


i got this error message while installing any idea's?

The partition table on /dev/hda is
inconsistent. There are many reasons
why this might be the case. Often,
the reason is that linux detected the
BIOS geometry incorrectly. hoever,
this does not apear to be the case
here. It is safe to ignore, but
ignoring may cause (fixable) problems
with some boot loaders, and may cause
problems with FAT file systems.
Using LBA is recommended
 
Old 04-15-2003, 11:51 AM   #2
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lba 32?

You could try including the lba 32 parameter in your /etc/lilo.conf file. Then run lilo
Before you do this please be sure that you have a boot floppy that works.
 
Old 04-15-2003, 11:55 AM   #3
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ok but if i don't do that will it cause any problems or will it be fine i just wanna know what that error meant....possibly how to fix it but i think he stated it ^
 
Old 04-15-2003, 03:20 PM   #4
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What lba32 means

The error message that you are getting means that LILO is not sure what your BIOS can do and what disk format you have. LILO warns you that it is guessing and then guesses correctly and works OK.

If you want to get rid of the error message you can tell LILO "lba32". That means that your BIOS can boot beyond the 1024 cylinder limit (some BIOS cannot). If you tell LILO "lba32" and it is a true statement then LILO will stop giving you the error message. If you tell LILO "lba32" and it is a false statement then LILO will not work.

You should have a boot floppy available for when LILO does not work, either because you mess up lba32 or for any other LILO failure. Or you can use the rescue portion of your distribution CD. Or you can use Knoppix. I have all three and I prefer to use a boot floppy to fix LILO when I destroy it.
 
Old 04-15-2003, 04:07 PM   #5
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you explained it very well thank you very much
 
Old 02-19-2004, 07:37 PM   #6
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I am trying to instal Redhat linux 8.0 from CD and I got exactly the same error message as mentioned above.When I clicked on ignore, I got another warning/error message and it says "The partion table on device Sda was unreadable.To create new partitions it must be initialized, causing the loss of all date in this drive.Would you like to initialize this drive?"

I clicked on yes to initialize then I got another error message

"input/output error during read on /dev/sda"

and I had the option to retry/ignore/cancel I f i click retry the same error message comes back, if i click ignore the error message remains, if i click cancel the installtion proceeds to another screen where I have the options to remove all partions/ just linux partions.since I had attempeted another linux install before and was able to create some linux partions(but couldnt complete the installtion because when the installer got to where it checks for consistencies in my partions/ drives it found errors and said installtion cannot proceed I have to fix the errors on my drive and attempt to insall linux again) I selected remove all linux partions(so I can start a fresh) but on clicking remove all linux partions the computer freezes forever.

My system is a dell optiplexGX 150 with a 20G hard drive. I started by installing windows 2000 on a 10G Fat32 partition. so there is 10G of unsused space.I am trying to install linux on the 10G unsused space I am stuck what am I doing wrong or what do I need to do. I dont know If my BIOS supports LBA or not. I dont know how to edit the LILO file.

Please help
 
Old 02-20-2004, 09:30 PM   #7
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"I dont know If my BIOS supports LBA or not."

If your BIOS does not support LBA then the problem can still be fixed. Here is a thread that explains what the problem is:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...threadid=68530

I suggest that you try to fix your problem by setting up a small /boot partition at the beginning of your hard drive. If the BIOS does not support LBA then the /boot partition will fix the problem. If LBA is not the problem then the /boot problem will do no harm.

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