Hard Drive size not correctly being Detected on Dell 8100

so14k at so14k.com so14k at so14k.com
Fri Apr 4 20:12:24 PST 2003


Hello,

I didn't recieve a response on freebsd-mobile, so I'm trying here.

I'm trying to install FreeBSD 4.7-RELEASE or 5.0-RELEASE onto my Dell
Inspirion 8100. I'mjust doing a Standard installation and when FDisk loads I
get:

Disk name: ad0
DISK Geometry: 88 cyls/255 heads/63 sectors = 1413720 sectors (690MB)

So I go and manually change the drive geometry with the G option and it
shows the windows 2000 NTFS partition as 692Mb instead of 9.76Gb that it
really is.

I found the HD model number with Google on someone elses dmesg and got the
correct CHS:
ad0: 28615MB <IC25N030ATDA04-0> [58140/16/63]

This is what is shown before sysinstall launches, with the stuff in
parentheses as ASCII characters:
ad0: dma limited to UDMA33, non-ATA66 cable or device
ad0: 692MB <(smiley face black)C 5(smiley face white)0(heart)0(smiley face
black)T at A 4!0> [1407/16/63] at ata0-master UDMA33

Thanks,
Brad Davis




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