I've encountered the Award BIOS/Maxtor 32GB disk problem described in
I've attempted the workaround decribed in
http://www.win.tue.nl/~aeb/linux/setmax.c, specifically jumper the
disk to get past the BIOS hang problem, then reset the disk parameters
with setmax. setmax fails with the message: HDIO_DRIVE_CMD_AEB failed
READ_NATIVE_MAX_ADDRESS: Input/output error. The dumped arg list is
There doesn't seem to be anything otherwise wrong with the
configuration. The disk seems to work fine with the jumper in place,
and by hacking setmax I've determined other low level commands,
e.g. HDIO_DRIVE_CMD/WIN_IDENTIFY, succeed.
The kernel is 2.2.14 (SuSE 6.4 release, unmodified) and the disk is a
Maxtor model 4D060H3. FWIW the motherboard is an Elite Computer
Systems ECS P5TXBpro, and there's no BIOS upgrade available from the
manufacturer for this old dog.
Any help would be appreciated. Also, if there's a more appropriate
forum for this question, please let me know.