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Bug#248637: marked as done (Can not boot when /boot is not in the first 1024 cylinders and the BIOS is old. grub-installer detects no errors. Notice that LILO can boot this machine so if grub-installer failed the d-i would fall back to lilo-installer and the installation would be successful)

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Package: installation-reports

Summary: Grub Error 18 on first reboot

Debian-installer-version: Beta 4

uname -a:
Linux debian 2.4.25-1-386 #2 Wed Apr 14 19:38:08 EST 2004 i686 GNU/Linux

Date: 5th May 2004
Method: Booted off CD, standalone machine

Processor: Pentium III, 450 Mhz
Memory: 512Mb
Root Device: IDE, 10Gb Fujitsu MPF3102AT  (LBA)

Root Size/partition table:
>From the second successful install (NOTE: /boot partition)
# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
proc            /proc           proc    defaults        0       0
/dev/hda3       none            swap    sw              0       0
/dev/hda1       /boot           ext3    defaults        0       2
/dev/hda2       /               ext3    defaults,errors=remount-ro 0     1
/dev/hdd        /media/cdrom    iso9660 ro,user,noauto  0       0
/dev/fd0        /media/floppy   auto    rw,user,noauto  0       0
/dev/hdd        /cdrom          iso9660 ro,user,noauto  0       0

Output of lspci and lspci -n:
0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX Host
bridge (rev 02)
0000:00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX AGP
bridge (rev 02)
0000:00:07.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ISA (rev 02)
0000:00:07.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE (rev 01)
0000:00:07.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 USB (rev 01)
0000:00:07.3 Bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI (rev 02)
0000:00:0d.0 Multimedia audio controller: ESS Technology ES1969 Solo-1
0000:00:11.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corp. 82557/8/9 [Ethernet Pro 100]
(rev 08)
0000:01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc 3D Rage IIC
AGP (rev 7a)

lspci -n:
0000:00:00.0 Class 0600: 8086:7190 (rev 02)
0000:00:01.0 Class 0604: 8086:7191 (rev 02)
0000:00:07.0 Class 0601: 8086:7110 (rev 02)
0000:00:07.1 Class 0101: 8086:7111 (rev 01)
0000:00:07.2 Class 0c03: 8086:7112 (rev 01)
0000:00:07.3 Class 0680: 8086:7113 (rev 02)
0000:00:0d.0 Class 0401: 125d:1969
0000:00:11.0 Class 0200: 8086:1229 (rev 08)
0000:01:00.0 Class 0300: 1002:475a (rev 7a)

Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it

Initial boot worked:    [ O]
Configure network HW:   [O ]
Config network:         [ O]
Detect CD:              [ O]
Load installer modules: [O ]
Detect hard drives:     [ O]
Partition hard drives:  [ O]
Create file systems:    [ O]
Mount partitions:       [ O]
Install base system:    [O ]
Install boot loader:    [ O]
Reboot:                 [ E]


Did the most basic install.

On the partition screen selected ?Erase entire disk? then ?All files on
one partition?

On the first reboot after installing GRUB, the machine hung with a ?GRUB
Error 18? message which indicates that ?Selected cylinder exceeds maximum
supported by BIOS?, presumably because I am using a disk >8Gb with an old

I do not have this problem using LILO.
A workaround is to create a /boot partition at the beginning of the disk
(see above partition table)

I believe that the ?Erase entire disk? option in partition management
should either create a default /boot partition or at least warn you that
you may need to create one if you are using a large disk with an old BIOS.

Other than that the installer was easy to use.

Gary Hullock
"...Still, it's the heaviest of all these volumes, and thus, in
hardback at least, could undoubtedly be used to stun a burglar;
which has always been my definition of real art."
The Kindly Ones - Neil Gaiman

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I wish  to know if you can still reducable the bug and provide as much
information as possible to us be able to close it.


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