> On Sat, 16 Mar 2002 18:41:00 -0500,
>> Subconsciously you really want a new system, that's why you bought
>> a 120G disk instead of buying a drive that was more appropriate for
>> this machine like a 20G 5400RPM drive. OK now that we have that
>> established what are your options. You could buy a new low end
>> motherboard with and AMD Duron processor for not too much
>> money. But as long as you are going to buy a new motherboard and
>> processor maybe you should just go for it and buy an Athlon XP
>> 2100+. OK maybe that's too much, an Athlon 1700+ is good enough,
>> Accubyte is selling a barebones system with an Athlon 1700+ for
>> $210, just throw in 256M of DDR RAM and your 120G drive, a cheap
>> graphics card and a $39 CDROM and your in business.
> You're not far off, but I can't do that right now. If I can't use
> the HD on this system, I'm going to exchange it.
> The HOWTO says something about the command line overriding the BIOS.
> That sounds like I could use it as a a 120 GB drive despite what my
> BIOS thinks. (Keep in mind I'm booting from hda, the 1.2 GB drive)
> Am I misunderstanding this?
Yes, you may be misunderstanding this.
I had a motherboard failure last Saturday. (At, coincidentally, about
this very time.)
I tried taking the 40GB disk drive and hooking it up to my old
machine; when I did so, the old machine would no longer boot, because
it, with an older IDE interface, was quite displeased with the notion
of communicating with the newer ATA disk drive.
It's sort of the same matter as >2GB files; you might have a
filesystem that supports 16GB files, you might have a VFS that
supports this. You might even have a version of GLIBC that supports
But if you need to write out 16GB tar files, and your version of tar
is using the older APIs, and can only cope with <2GB files, all those
other enhancements (to FS, VFS, GLIBC) do you very little good,
because one of the components in your system doesn't support the "new
That is most likely what you are observing, albeit with the
combination of (Disk Drive, BIOS, ATA controller), where the
limitation is with the ATA controller.
It's entirely likely that your new 120GB drive is using some newer
IDE/ATA variation that older motherboards have no ability to
Rules of the Evil Overlord #224. "I will build machines which simply
fail when overloaded, rather than wipe out all nearby henchmen in an
explosion or worse yet set off a chain reaction. I will do this by
using devices known as "surge protectors"."