Help! RH 5.2 Install not recognise ST9145AG partition

Help! RH 5.2 Install not recognise ST9145AG partition

Post by Tim Wo » Sun, 07 Feb 1999 04:00:00

I am trying to install RH 5.2 on a notebook - 486DX-33 8MB RAM 122MB
ST9145AG HD.
When booted off the floppy (no CDROM) initially the drive is reported
hda: ST9145AG w/64kb cache, CHS 980/15/17
ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7, irq14
Then comes the partition check and it's downhill al the way.

It gives 4 blocks of:
hda: Status Error: Status=0x01 {Error}
hda: Status Error: Status=0x04 {DriveStatusError}
hda: Drive not ready for command

followed by:
ide0: reset: Success
hda1 hda2 <hda5 hda6 >

This last after booting a Win98 (from a new machine) Partition Magic
Rescue disk and setting:
Primary Partition     1      5MB ext2  - intended to be /root
Extended partition 2
Logical                      100MB ext2  - intended as /
Logical                        16MB Linux Swap

Originally I had a single partition under Win95a but the output from
install gave the same error messages.

From the Linux documentation the 4 blocks are followed by a
recalibrate - giving the reset: success.

Laptops are specifically not supported by RedHat so there is no help
to be had there.

I have used Seagates software to confirm that the drive is a ST9145AG
it is 145 unformatted : From Seagate


       UNFORMATTED CAPACITY (MB) ________________145
       FORMATTED CAPACITY (xx SECTORS) (MB) _____127.9
       ACTUATOR TYPE ____________________________VOICE COIL
       TRACKS (USER) _PHYSICAL/LOGICAL___________5852/14700
       CYLINDERS __PHYSICAL/LOGICAL______________1463/980
       HEADS ______PHYSICAL/LOGICAL______________4/15
       DISCS (2.5 in)____________________________2
       MEDIA TYPE _______________________________THIN FILM
       RECORDING METHOD _________________________ZBR RLL (2,7)
       TRANSFER RATE INTERNAL (mbits/sec)________up to 16
       SPINDLE SPEED (RPM) ______________________3,449
       AVERAGE LATENCY (mSEC) ___________________8.69

       BUFFER ___________________________________32/64 KByte SeaCache
        Multisegmented cache
       INTERFACE ________________________________AT BUS
       SECTORS PER DRIVE ________________________249,900
       TPI (TRACKS PER INCH) ____________________2,650

Possible translation:   980 cyl, 15 heads, 17 sectors = 127,948,800

The BIOS is set for User type 47 :C/H/S 980/15/17

The computer, a Cardstar, is unusual in having an ISA slot.

The intended use is as a proxy server using IP masqerade.

Sadly I have had no problem with any MS OS and it is now happily
running our other 3 computers on a 10Base2 (ISA EN2000 clone NIC) LAN
with a TDK PCMCIA modem and Wingate 3.0 under Win95a.

I don't have the knowledge to know if this is an irq13 problem with
the initial BIOS call or some irq14 problem with the drive itself.

Any suggestions would be most welcome.


1. RH 5.2 Install not recognise Notebook HD

I have just installed RedHat 5.2 on to new Solo 5150, albeit with help
from Partition Magic 4.0.
I want to use my old notebook as a proxy server on a 10base2 LAN for 3
other computers.
The old one (5 years in April) is a Cardstar 3000 - 486DX-33 8MB 120MB
HD -  The Cardstar is unusual in having a 2/3 length ISA slot in which
I have successfuly run an EN2000 ethernet card.

I have run DOS 5.0 6.22 Win3.11 Win95/a without any trouble but
5.2 install does place the File System on the HD .
Install reports the drive as CHS 980/15/17 (122MB) and as an ST9145AG.
The bios reports the same CHD and Seagates web site also reports that
drive the same.
The drive itself is marked as Seagate 980/15/17.

I have booted off the PM rescue diskette (win98)  set and formatted
the partitions :
hda1 ext2 5MB
hda5 ext2 100MB
hda6 linux swap 16.9 MB

all to no avail. Installation stops as soon as I try to use Disk Druid
edit to mount a partition.   At least the floppy sits there cycling
for as long as I am willing to let it - over 2hrs on one occassion.

When booted off the installation disk I get:
ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on 1rq 14.  
The  Partition Check:  disk status errors (0x01 and 0x04) are reported
but it gives a reset success and reports: hda1 hda2 < hda5 hda6>.

I will have to use the CDROM over the LAN from another computer
therefore needing to use the  "supplementary" boot disk.  

Disk Druid reports:
hda1 linux native 4MB
hda5 linux native 99MB
hda6 linux swap 16MB
total 122 with 1 MB free!

Fdisk seems unable to access the drive at all.

The  bios set at user type 47, RAM area 0:300.

Bit depressing that the machine has had no trouble with any MS OS.

I would be grateful for any suggestions.

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