>I am trying to install linux on a machine with a 1.27 Samsung IDE drive.
>The drive has about 1400 cylinders, which is more than the 1024 usually
>allowed. Another machine I have which is in a similar situation with
>a western digital drive, spoofs the machine somehow into thinking it
>has <1024 cylinders by saying it has 64 heads (when really there are only
>Does anyone know how to do this with the samsung, so that fdisk will stay
>happy and think the disk drive has <1024 cylinders?
Yeah ... what a pain it is to have to install large drives in I386 boxes!
I think your PC BIOS (IDE drives) or your SCSI BIOS (SCSI drives) is the
limiting factor. Some of them will have the drive architecture "fooling"
that you mention. On my PC with an adaptec 1542 SCSI and 1.1 Mb Seagate
I had to create my main Linux partition below the 1024 Cylinder limit.
However this is not a complete lost since other Linux partitions can be
created to cover the rest of your hard drive's real estate.
Hmmm... Why don't you try this: create a small boot partition with just
the Kernel on it and a very large one covering the rest of your drive!
Anyways... good luck
Anyways ... Good luck