5.1 & WD 80.0GB SE Drive Geometry
jhorvath at frabill.com
Fri Sep 5 15:09:46 PDT 2003
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jerry McAllister [mailto:jerrymc at clunix.cl.msu.edu]
> Sent: Friday, September 05, 2003 4:47 PM
> To: jhorvath at frabill.com
> Cc: questions at freebsd.org
> Subject: Re: 5.1 & WD 80.0GB SE Drive Geometry
> > Let me start by qualifying I am extremely new to FreeBSD (I
> have performed a
> > whopping two installs thus far).
> > I am looking to fire up a machine with a single western digital special
> > edition 80GB IDE drive for simple storage and testing.
> > The BIOS detects the correct geometry for the drive, and both
> Windows 2000
> > and Linux (RedHat 9) correctly detect the geometry and install
> on the drive
> > (each OS installed independently to verify the drive and BIOS
> were working -
> > this is not a multi-boot setup).
> > FreeBSD version 5.1 however, pops up a message stating the
> geometry chosen
> > by FreeBSD during installation is incorrect.
> > If I hit "G" when assigning the slices and drop in the correct
> geometry (as
> > reported by the BIOS), I can assign slices (defaults) and the
> > runs through, but it will fail on the next boot (won't even get
> to the boot
> > manager).
> > If I select "G" when assigning slices, plug in the values, then force a
> > write using the "W" option, I get a warning, then everything
> installs and
> > fails on reboot.
> Don't try to change the geometry from what it reports.
> Leave it as it thinks it is.
Same deal. Installation runs through fine, does the post-install, finishes
nicely, and reboots to a void (system runs POST, shows the devices, then
hangs indefinitely (pre-os startup)).
> > Note: This same machine will accept an installation and run beautifully
> > using a different hard drive (anything I have other than a
> Western Digital
> > 80GB Special Edition), and I have tried two of the 80GB special edition
> > drives to ensure it is not a mechanical problem with just one
> of the drives.
> > Both of the special edition drives performed identically (which
> is to say
> > not at all).
> > Google is mute on the subject.
> > Any help would be appreciated.
> > Jim
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