I've got problems with preparing my hard disk for installation of
linux. Because of my large 850MB IDE-Drive (Maxtor) I followed
the instructions of the Linux provider (InfoMagic) how to prepare
the large hard disk for my old ISA-Board with IDE-Controller.
I ran the BIOS (AMI-BIOS 1989) Setup and wrote a disk geometry
of 827cyl,32heads,63sectors into it instead of the real
disk geometry (1654cyl,16heads,63sectors), because the IDE-controller
cannot address more than 1024 cylinders. I divided the real number of
cylinders by 2 and multiplied the real number of heads by the
same factor to get the right hard disk capacity.
The further way should be : to type in the real disk geometry
after booting Slackware Bootdisk, then to run linux fdisk, to get the
expert mode and set the number of cylinders and heads to as in
BIOS setup done. Then no more problems should occur.
The problem : Changes in BIOS setup will not be accepted during the
I get the message : 'c: disk failure' after stopped
Who can help ?
Is the only solution to get a newer BIOS or even another main board?