large disks in Cobalt Qube 2
I've been searching the Internet to see if I could put a large PATA disk
inside the Qube 2. Fortunately, the Qube 2 was based on MIPS architecture,
whereas the Qube 3 is based on more or less standard i386 architecture.
According to what I read on the Internet, the Qube 2 is equipped with an
LBA48 controller, so theoretically I could put any _very large_ disk in it.
Apparently, this seems to be the case, but the Qube 2 refuses to boot from
it (probably firmware related I guess). As a workaround I've put an IDE to
Compact Flash adapter inside the Qube 2 to act as Master disk. My larger 320
GB disk acts as a slave. I've created an ext2r0 "/boot" partition of 100 MB
on the CF and the rest of the file system is mounted from the larger drive.
This setup seems to work great.
If anyone is interested, I will be posting a full report with pictures of
this adventurous project on http://kennywest.blogspot.com/ this weekend
Thank you Debian for supporting the MIPS architecture. I now have a nice
looking LAN disk :)
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