who's right? sysinstall or the bios

Dick Hoogendijk dick at nagual.st
Wed Aug 17 10:48:03 GMT 2005

On 17 Aug Björn König wrote:
> dick wrote:
> >So here's my dilemma:
> >
> >fbsd values: 30401/255/16 gives 238472MB (almost ok)
> >bios values: 65535/255/16 gives 514072MB (totally wrong)
> >
> >What to do?
> >Can the bios be so wrong?
> >What must I do?
> >The drive will also hold a copy of Win98se and WinXP/pro and I don't want 
> >any faults to happen by chosing the wrong values.
> Is the BIOS aware of handling large drives? (>128 GB)

It's a brand new computer, so I'm pretty sure it does ;-)

> I usually set the value to "auto" in the BIOS and I never had any
> problems.

I have that too, but freebsd's sysinstall warns me and chooses another
more logical value. Could it be that the bios "works" with LBA while
freebsd uses CHS ?

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