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Re: "GRUB loading" problem with AMD64 install

On Sun, 2004-10-10 at 17:06 -0400, Michael Vang wrote:
> Solved!
> But, it isn't pretty...
> This appears to be a K8V BIOS issue... In the BIOS, under the hard drive
> section, there is an option for LBA... The choices are "auto" and
> "disabled"... There is no option for "enabled"... Apparently, there is
> no way, in the BIOS, to force LBA on...
> Every time you boot the BIOS looks to see if the drive is formatted with
> LBA enabled... If it is, LBA is turned on... If not, it is turned off...
> You can view this at the second black boot screen, which lists all the
> properties of the system... The screen where it asks you to hit <ESC> to
> boot...
> So, check this out:
> -> Zero MBR (dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=512 count=1) and then
> reboot... LBA is on...
> -> Boot random Linux ISO... Using previously cleared MBR, make a
> partition table and then reboot... LBA is off...
> -> Boot Windows 98 floppy... Use floppy to write a new MBR (fdisk /mbr)
> and then reboot... LBA is on...
> What have we learned? Somehow, the Linux way of writing the partition
> table is messing things up... So now what do we do?
> -> Boot random Linux ISO... Using existing Windows MBR, make a new
> partition... Format partition however you want and then reboot... LBA is
> on...
> Observe:
> With no LBA:
> Note there is an option in the installer for Debian to write a whole new
> MBR... I think this option also causes this error...

I wonder if this is something to also be mentioned on LKML?

Ron Johnson, Jr.
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