> I purchased a 45 GB Maxtor EIDE UDMA66 drive the other night. I want
> to install it as a single partition data sump on a machine which
> is already running RH6.2 (kernel 2.2.14), cpu K6-2/400 MHz, 128 MB,
> j-mark J-542B MB with Award BIOS 4.51PG (542B/542BS C02.1) - 3-23-1999.
> I installed RH6.2 on another machine which is currently running a
> 30 MB Maxtor as a single partition, so I know the RH6.2 works up to
> that size. However, the BIOS on the working machine is different -
> I think AMI.
> I have chased through the postings on this list, comp.os.linux.setup,
> through www.j-mark.com, www.award.com (now part of phoenix), and
> www.maxtor.com. Maxtor lays the > 30 MB problem on the BIOS, the
> BIOS mfr says see the MB vendor, and the MB vendor has no clear
> definition that I have been able to access of the requisite fix,
> although they do have a BIOS upgrade - largely undefined. The
> MB mfr recommends that mere mortals not try to flash the BIOS, that
> they provide the service only for their direct distributors. Besides,
> I would never flash a BIOS ROM without some indication of what I am
> I am not interested in the Award third party BIOS upgrader - I'd
> rather trash the MB and start over with a new one if that becomes
> necessary, rather than go down the path of yet another twist on
> an already flakey situation.
> I am fresh out of info on just what is going on that there is
> a > 30 GB limitation in the BIOS POST, how to get around it so
> that Linux can do its thing.
> I tried the Cylinder Limitation Option jumper shown on the Maxtor
> cheat sheet, and that gets past the POST hang-up, but then
> Maxtor says you MUST use MAXBLAST plus, which takes you to Windoze,
> and down into the murky mist. There must be a better way....
> Gene Montgomery.
note that in addition to the BIOS limitation, there is a Linux
limitation in older kernels. Does anyone know where the break
comes in? That is, does 2.2.14 handle disks larger than the 33.8
GB limitation mentioned in the mini-HOWTO?
Wonder when the mini-HOWTO will be updated to reflect the *really*
large disks coming on line these days. I saw an 80Gig job at Fry's
the other day. We should be breaking the 137 GB barrier RSN.