lilo error

Rudolf Floers r.floers at web.de
Sat Nov 11 12:18:54 PST 2000


On Sat, Nov 11, 2000 at 11:21:16AM -0600, ej wrote:
> When I run lilo, I get the following:
> 
> bash-2.04# /sbin/lilo
> Warning: device 0x0345 exceeds 1024 cylinder limit.
>    Use of the 'lba32' option may help on newer (EDD BIOS)
> systems.
> Fatal: geo_comp_addr: Cylinder number is too big (1262 >
> 1023)
> 
> I'm not sure, but I'm afraid that this means that I won't be
> able to boot into LFS because the partition to too high on
> the drive. My partition table looks like this:
> 
> Disk /dev/hdb: 255 heads, 63 sectors, 1868 cylinders
> Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 bytes
> 
>    Device Boot    Start       End    Blocks   Id  System
> /dev/hdb1             1        13    104391   83  Linux
> /dev/hdb2            14        30    136552+  82  Linux swap
> /dev/hdb3            31      1178   9221310   83  Linux
> /dev/hdb4          1179      1433   2048287+   5  Extended
> /dev/hdb5          1179      1433   2048256   83  Linux
> 
> 
> /dev/hdb1 is where the /boot directory for my Suse install
> lives. /dev/hdb5 is where my LFS install is. I'm thinking
> that I might be able to use /dev/hdb1 for the /boot
> partition for the LFS system, too, but there are some
> duplicate file names.
> 
> bartleby:~ # ls /boot
> .                  bg          chos.loader        lost+found
> ..                 boot.b      chos.loader-bsect  os2_d.b
> System.map-2.2.14  chain.b     chos.loader-linux  vmlinuz
> XF86Config         chos.bsect  commands.conf     
> vmlinuz-2.0.34
> 
> bartleby:~ # ls /mnt/lfs/boot
> .   System.map   boot-text.b  chain.b    os2_d.b 
> vmlinuz-2.0.34
> ..  boot-menu.b  boot.b       lfskernel  vmlinuz
> 
> 
> What's the best way to get out of this mess?
> 
> ej
> 
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in the lilo manpage it says:

lba32 is recommended on _all post-1998_ systems.

simply put lba32 in the header of lilo.conf, run lilo and try again. 
if it fails, because your BIOS is too old, the you might try GRUB,
but i doubt GRUB can fix this. (can it?)


rf


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