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Re: Q: cfdisk error



"Scott Henson" <shenson2@sandm.hn.org> wrote in message
1023190477.15087.256.camel@sandm.hn.org">news:1023190477.15087.256.camel@sandm.hn.org...
> On Tue, 2002-06-04 at 07:21, Alice M. Pinard wrote:
> <snip>
> > Let me clarify....
> >
> > I have one hard drive, 2g. It's almost full. The well-meaning bf bought
me
> > a 60g hd. My motherboard doesn't grok 60g. I bought a Promise Ultra
> > ATA/100 pci adapter card to be its ide controller. Eventually I will be
> > removing the 2g drive once I transfer its information to the 60g hard
> > drive and do the voodoo necessary to make the 60g boot.... but that's
> > further down the line...
> >
> > for now... I've installed the card, unwrapped the hard drive and
attached
> > it to the card....
> >
> > when I boot up my kernel says (among other things)
> >
> > Uniform Multi-Platform E-IDE driver Revision: 6.31
> > ide: Assuming 33MHz system bus speed for PIO modes; override with
idebus=xx
> > PIIX4: IDE controller on PCI bus 00 dev 09
> > PIIX4: chipset revision 1
> > PIIX4: not 100% native mode: will probe irqs later
> >     ide0: BM-DMA at 0xe000-0xe007, BIOS settings: hda:DMA, hdb:pio
> >     ide1: BM-DMA at 0xe008-0xe00f, BIOS settings: hdc:pio, hdd:pio
> > PDC20267: IDE controller on PCI bus 00 dev 58
> > PCI: Found IRQ 10 for device 00:0b.0
> > PDC20267: chipset revision 2
> > PDC20267: not 100% native mode: will probe irqs later
> > PDC20267: (U)DMA Burst Bit ENABLED Primary PCI Mode Secondary PCI Mode.
> >     ide2: BM-DMA at 0xa800-0xa807, BIOS settings: hde:pio, hdf:pio
> >     ide3: BM-DMA at 0xa808-0xa80f, BIOS settings: hdg:pio, hdh:DMA
> > hda: WDC AC34300L, ATA DISK drive
> > hdb: FX001DE, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive
> > hde: MAXTOR 6L060J3, ATA DISK drive
> > ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
> > ide2 at 0xd000-0xd007,0xb802 on irq 10
> > hda: 8406720 sectors (4304 MB) w/256KiB Cache, CHS=8896/15/63, UDMA(33)
> > hde: 117266688 sectors (60041 MB) w/1819KiB Cache, CHS=116336/16/63,
UDMA(100)
> > hdb: ATAPI 4X CD-ROM drive, 128kB Cache
> > Partition check:
> >  hda: hda1 hda2 hda3
> >  hde: unknown partition table
> >
> >
> > now, the 'hde' stuff is new this login, which is nice... means I did at
> > least that right. Last night I had no /dev/hde so I had to use MAKEDEV
to
> > make it
> >
> > 'cdisk /dev/hde' still however says the stuff about no partition
> > table... if the drive is brand-spanking new does that make this message
> > less unanticipated or is there still something probably not right with
the
> > situation?
>
> Who made your drive?  Most I know Maxtor has its own drive utilities
> which you could use to check the drive and even give it its first
> partitioning.  Also, you said the system cant handle the drive without
> the promise ide card?  Are you sure your problem isnt the bios not being
> able to handle it?  I would check for a bios update, that might help out
> a bit.  All this said, It seems to be detected properly, but the
> partition table may be corrupt.  Also it seems that hde is set to pio
> while hdh is set to dma.  Is this normal?  I thought most hard drives
> used dma.  This may have something to do with your problem.  Maybe you
> could check where the bios on the promise card are detecting your drive
> and what it says about it.
>
> --
> -Peace kid
>   Scott Henson shenson2@wvu.edu
>

(trying this again with my new good friend news.gmane.org, apologies to
those who see this twice)

Ok, so if I boot up with the cd that came with the drive (it is a maxtor)
and use that
to set the drive up at first it won't cause problems for linux?

I was worried it was too..... microsoft-centric.... but it does
look to be a bootable cd.... hmm... ok I'll try that...

As for bios updates... before I bought the card I checked into that...
I've got an old Pentium MMX motherboard and I think the conclusion
I came to was that from the information I could find they didn't deal
well with drives over... 2g I think?

honestly I have no idea about the pio/dma issue

on the one hand... I could have put the 60g on ide4 by
mistake... but I know I set it as master... and besides...
the kernel is detecting _something_ at hde...

How would one go about determining if the bios on
the card is detecting the hd properly? Maybe something
in the cd that came with it? I'll check on that when I
get home tonight... again... I didn't bother to use the
software at all because everything talked about Microsoft operating
systems and I was afraid it would set up the hd so that I'd
have problems using it for linux

btw, thanks all for the input! :)

-Alice







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