First, let me explain my hardware situation. I've got an
EIDE 540MB WD HD and a IDE 130MB Conner HD. I used to have
the a full 540MB partion for DOS on the WD and a 115MB
native Linux / 15MB Swap partion on the Conner.
Although the WD was 540MB I made no effort (i.e. drivers)
to use more than the 1024 cylinder (528MB) DOS limit. I
hate loading any extra drivers. In fact, I dislike DOS, but
it a necessary evil as my research requires use of
Microsoft Word, Mathematica other Windows stuff (there
I've cleared my name).
Just the other day I realized that I could use the
leftover 12MB on the 540MB for my Linux swap. In addition,
my 540MB is much faster than the old 130MB. So this
is what I did. BTW, the correct settings for my 540MB
are 1048 cyl / 16 heads / 63 sec.
1. Repartitioned my 130MB for a full Linux partition
2. Created an addition partition on the 540MB as follows:
1 - 1024 DOS
1025 - 1048 Linux Swap
3. Set my CMOS for 1024 instead of 1048 ecylinders on the
540MB. This is because my EIDE drivers (DOS) require
<= 1024. Suprisingly, Linux doesn't care what the BIOS
says -- it determines what the drive is on it's own.
Everything seems to work fine, but I have a few questions.
1. When making the addition partition on the 540MB, Linux
reported that there was a discrepency in the
physical/logical beginnings and endings of the
second partition (i.e phys=1023, 15, 63 &
logical=1024, 0, 1). Note that this was not
reported as an error, but like a matter of fact.
Should I be worried about this? Will the Swap partition
conflict with the DOS partition?
2. As I said it is advantageous for my CMOS to be set
at 1024 cyls. because I can then use my EIDE drivers
in DOS and Windows (the transfer rate is doubled).
Since I know the correct setting is 1048 cyl. which
Linux realizes, will the descrepency between the way
DOS and Linux view the drive be a problem in the
3. Also, I have noticed that Linux reported a couple
of times that some applications may not work well
with drives with more than 1024 cyls. What applications
are these? Has anyone had any problems?
Any replies or suggestions would be appreciated. E-mail