LILO / L 00 00 00 ... / Large Disk problems

LILO / L 00 00 00 ... / Large Disk problems

Post by Chris Schleich » Wed, 18 Jun 1997 04:00:00



Hello All:

I'm a newcomer to Linux and am trying to install RedHat 4.2 on a
i586.  Until very recently, I'd been running just Win95 on a single
1.2G drive.  I've added a 5.1G drive and want to install both RedHat
and (ugh) NT4.0 on the new drive.

I've read through the large disk HOWTO but haven't been able to get
LILO to boot Linux or Win95 (I've been using loadlin).  I created a
300M root partition, which is entirely contained within the first 1024
cylinders, but LILO still isn't happy.  I've tried using "linear" but
to no avail.

The current symptom is that at boot time I get an "L" followed by an
(apparently infinite) stream of pairs of zeroes 00 00 00 ....

Both drives are EIDE and connected to the primary controller on the
motherboard.  The original Win95 drive is set as the master; the new
drive is configured as a slave.  The CD-ROM is all by itself on the
second controller.

Any thoughts would be appreciated, including partioning suggestions for
the new drive.  I need to develop under NT, so I was planning on splitting
the drive about 3G to NT and 2G to Linux.  I've 64M ram, so I was allocating
100M for swap.

Regards,

--Chris

 
 
 

LILO / L 00 00 00 ... / Large Disk problems

Post by John Chun » Wed, 18 Jun 1997 04:00:00


hey i've had the "L" problem.

in setup
when you get to the part where it asks you if you want "linear"
or whatever, leave that whole section blank!!!

then the "L" problem goes away.

the rest of your stuff sounds fine.  i've got nt server, win95
and linux (2gigs each) on a 6.4gig eide, and lilo didn't have
any problems.  let me know if you're still stuck.

i take it you're going in and altering lilo.conf and rerunning
"lilo" and rebooting, etc.?  read the lilo mini-HOWTO.  the
examples there should be crystal clear.

john chung


> Hello All:

> I've read through the large disk HOWTO but haven't been able to get
> LILO to boot Linux or Win95 (I've been using loadlin).  I created a
> 300M root partition, which is entirely contained within the first 1024
> cylinders, but LILO still isn't happy.  I've tried using "linear" but
> to no avail.

> The current symptom is that at boot time I get an "L" followed by an
> (apparently infinite) stream of pairs of zeroes 00 00 00 ....

> --Chris

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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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