> Hi, there
> I am trying to install the free version of Solaris 7 on my Abit BP6 dual
> Celeron 366 system. Firstly Solaris couldn't find the second EIDE bus on
> which my CDROM drive was connected since I have already got two hard disk
> drive on the first channel. The problem was temporarily solved by remove
> one of the hd and move CDROM drive to the first channel as a slave drive.
> I wanted to install Solaris on my Seagate 13GB hard disk drive. There is
> about 3GB un-partitioned space left on the drive. However no matter what I
> setup in the BIOS (large or LBA) Solaris could only find either 7.5GB (large
> mode) or 8.2GB (LBA mode) space. Therefore there is no way of creating a
> partition for Solaris installation.
> Does anyone know if Solaris 7 support hard disk drive larger than 8GB? If it
> does then how can I create a partition on it for Solaris 7?
> > i currently have problems isntalling a IBM DTTA351680 as seconde hard
> > disk in my x86 Soalris 7 system.
> > It is set up as the primary (and only) device on the second IDE
> > Controller.
> > It is found by "format" ater the reconfig. reboot.
> > But format...fdisk has problems reading/writing to the disk,
> > and it display the geometry incorrectly as
> > 16379+2 cyl 16 HD 63 sec.
> > i think there should be 32760 cyl (bios works with this values !)
> Keywords: Solaris 2.7 SunOS 5.7 Intel x86 8 GByte harddisk limit IDE ATA
> After reading format, fmthard and fdisk man pages,
> i wrote a file s-geom:
> 16380 16378 2 0 32 63 512
> Then i did
> fdisk -S s-geom -I /dev/rdsk/c1d0p0
> and created a Solaris-Fdisk-Partition.
> Then i did
> format on it,
> partitioned it,
> made filesystems, etc.
> and it worked in the way i know.
> (also after shutdown, power off, power on, boot :-)
> The trick is to let fdisk ignore the geometry reported by ? BIOS ?
> (option -i)
> and overwrite it with a fake geometry fitting the hard disk.
> What are the numbers in s-geom from?
> 16380 # cylinders
> 32 # heads
> 63 # sectors/cyl
> from the bios setup for the IDE Disk
> 2 alternate cylinders
> 16378 = cylinders - alternate cylinders
> 512 Bytes per sector
> 0 offset from beginning of the hard disk
> Hope this helps others,