I just upgraded to the SLS distribution, which uses Linux 1.1.51.
I added the IN2000 ALPHA driver and everything seemed fine. I was able
to fdisk my /dev/sda and set up partitions.
First I built 2 512MB partitions under DOS and they can be seen
from Linux for both read and write. Then I fdisk'ed a third partition
and tried to do a mke2fs. At the end of the fdisk run, the program
hangs, indicating that a write (10) failed with something like "00 00 24
5e 26 00 00 00 aa 00" as an error. A message also suggests that a SCSI
bus hang occurred. The only thing I could do to get out is hard reset.
(Note that I need to flip my dip switches going between DOS and Linux.)
What did I do wrong?
Also, the program indicated that I had only 1314 cylinders (64
hds, 32 sectors) with the ST43400 2.9GB disk I had. This comes out to
some 1.3 GB only. When I use the DOS fdisk, it can see 2.0 GBs, as
documented by the IN2000 installation guide (limit of 1024 cylinders ->
1024 * 64 * 63 * 512). Why does the Linux fdisk underestimate? I
presume that I can fudge this by going into the expert mode in fdisk and
force it to say that there are at least 2016 cylinders (2.0 GB). I don't
know if I can go to 2765 (2.9 GB). Any comments?
Thanks for any help in advance.