Fdisk disagreas with BIOS over 120GB drive.

Robert Stickney stickney at ece.arizona.edu
Tue Aug 19 01:18:22 PDT 2003

Fdisk (using /stand/sysinstall) disagrees with the values my bios is 
reporting.  My BIOS reports that my 120GB drive has this geometry: 59131 
Cylendars, 16 Heads, and 255 sectors.  The drive is an IBM deskstar.  When i 
try to enter the correct geometry, Fdisk gives me the message below. 
---------start message--------- 
     WARNING:  A geometry of 59131/16/255 for ad2 is incorrect.  Using 
     a more likely geometry.  If this geometry is incorrect or you 
     are unsure as to whether or not it's correct, please consult 
     the Hardware Guide in the Documentation submenu or use the 
     (G)eometry command to change it now. 
     Remember: you need to enter whatever your BIOS thinks the 
     geometry is!  For IDE, it's what you were told in the BIOS 
     setup. For SCSI, it's the translation mode your controller is 
     using.  Do NOT use a ``physical geometry''. 
                                [  OK  ] 
      			   Press enter or space 
----------end message---------- 
I am running freebsd 5.0. 
Thank you for you help, 
Robert Stickney  
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