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Bug#208809: partition problem

On Fri, Sep 05, 2003 at 10:57:37AM +0200, alain.roos@degussa.com wrote:
>Package: cdrom
>Version: Debian 3.0 r0 i3
>I recently buyed a AMD Athon based computer with Windows XP preinstalled
>During installation, Fdisk is not capable of reading the partition table of
>my 160 GB ide disk
>Installation fails as it is not possible to create partitions to install
>I do not want to erase the 75.20 Go primary partition which contains the
>Win XP installation (pre-installed,
>only the recovery CD is available, imoortant features for me not yet
>supported by linux drivers,e.g.
>video capture support for nVidia GEforce Fx chip).

Sounds like the kernel is not able to read the full disk. 160GB is
larger than old-style IDE hardware can address, and so older kernels
will not support it. I'm not sure if the 2.4.18 kernel available on
the Woody install CDs will work here, but it's worth a try. At the
boot prompt when starting the installation off CD, use "bf24" and see
if that helps.

Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK.                                steve@einval.com
"C++ ate my sanity" -- Jon Rabone

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