On Sat, 18 Aug 2007, Michel Salim wrote:
> On 18/08/07, Michel Salim <michel.sylvan(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> > I tried running the openSUSE 10.3b1 installer (using the GNOME x86
> > CD), and ran across a problem with detected disk geometry on a
> > Thinkpad T41p, with no other OS installed.
> > I have had problems in the past with openSUSE 10.2: fdisk detects a
> > C/H/S geometry of 9729/255/63, while the kernel itself would detect a
> > much higher C value, with H=16. On my first install things worked fine
> > for a while, until the system locked up during use a few days
> > afterwards (running the latest kernel), which is probably due to the
> > kernel accessing the disk (and writing to it) using the wrong
> > geometry.
> > On 10.2 I can just pass 'hda=9729,255,63' to force the kernel to use
> > the same geometry used to partition the disk.
> > On 10.3, I tried passing 'sda=9729,255,63' but to no avail; YaST would
> > warn that parted could not access the disk and thus I could not touch
> > the partition table, and dropping to a console and checking with fdisk
> > shows that only 9300-something cylinders are detected.
> 9364 cylinders, the rest presumably gobbled up by the Hidden Protected
> Area. Funnily, setting it to "disabled" in the BIOS does not affect
> I tried using "hwprobe=-modules.pata" as specified in the release
> notes, but now encounter another problem: YaST would read the hard
> drive OK, and would verify the installation CD OK as well, but after
> that, could not find the installation medium, and would continue
> asking for "openSUSE 10.3 CD 1" to be inserted.
> This looks like a YaST bug -- is there a way to circumvent this? e.g.
> manually mounting the CD in a specific directory.
> Failing that, can I instruct hwprobe to just skip pata for ide0 (hard
> drive is attached as hda) but use pata for ide1 (optical drive was
> hdc), and thus YaST would find the optical drive where it expected it?
This about openSUSE 10.3 is better on the factory list. I have added it.
Boyd Gerber <gerberb(a)zenez.com>
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