can LILO boot >8G disk with NT and RH5.0?

can LILO boot >8G disk with NT and RH5.0?

Post by Timothy Willia » Fri, 26 Jun 1998 04:00:00



I've got RedHat Linux 5.0 installed on a 9GB SCSI disk with NT4.0. I
can boot Linux using LOADLIN after first booting DOS, but I'd like to
be able to use the NT bootloader. I edited boot.ini to have

C:\bootsect.lnx = "Linux"

and created bootsect.lnx with

dd if=/dev/sda2 of=/mnt/C/bootsect.lnx bs=512 count=1

(/dev/sda2 is boot partition for Linux, /mnt/C is C: primary partition
for NT. (/dev/sda1) )

Fdisk shows that the disk geometry is (C,H,S)=(1106,255,63). I have
the root/boot partition /dev/sda2 in cylinders 261-278.

Whenever I try to select Linux from the menu, all I get is "L".

I also read the mini-HOWTO on Large-Disks. I tried modifying lilo.conf
to:

disk=/dev/sda
  cylinders=1023
  heads=140
  sectors=62

according to the algorithm in the mini-HOWTO, but rerunning /sbin/lilo
gives me an error message about the partition information was invalid.

I also tried

disk=/dev/sda
  cylinders=1106
  heads=255
  sectors=63
  partition=/dev/sda2
    start=4192965

but this didn't work either.

The impression I get from the mini-HOWTO is that this can be done, but
I haven't figured out how.  Maybe I'm reading things wrong.

Can LILO handle >8GB SCSI disks or not?

TIA.

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