LILO prints "00 00 00..."

LILO prints "00 00 00..."

Post by Robert J. Ke » Sun, 19 Oct 1997 04:00:00



i know i've seen this problem (and several answers) in this group before,
but i can't find them for the life of me.

anyway, the problem is with a fresh installation of slackware 3.3 linux onto
an IDE harddrive: LILO doesn't work.  at first it just printed "LI" and
stopped, then i added the "linear" line which is suggested by some to remove
this problem.  after that, it just printed "00" all over the screen until
reboot.  the system has "award" bios, and both partitions (win95 and linux)
are fine when the system is booted from floppy.

as i said, i KNOW i've seen this before in this group, so if anyone knows
offhand where the article is and could just forward it to me or even point
me to it, i'd greatly appreciate it.

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1. SOLVED : LILO gives me L 00 00 00 00 00 00 00

To everyone who mailed me with there suggestions and for my answers here
it is.

I finally did some checking and found that my BIOS was pretty new and
that where
it specifies the hard drives there is a column called Mode. This goes
from 1 to
4 and is as follows.

Mode 1 = Normal - all cylinders, heads and sectors stay the same.
Mode 2 = Large - it doubles your heads and halves your cylinders.
Thereby getting
                 less cylinders. However for my drive it was still over
1024.
Mode 3 = LBA - it quadruples your heads and divides your cylinders by 4.
Thereby
               getting even less cylinders than Large mode. This left me
with
               cylinders =  621, heads = 64, sectors = 63 which use to
be
                         = 2484,       = 16,           63.
Mode 4 = Auto - Don't know what this is for, but it did not work for me.

This approach probably won't work for most people with older BIOS's.
Unfortuanately I could not get to a linux software solution after many
hours
of testing different setups and posts. Hope this helps someone.

:-)

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