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Re: [vox-tech] ATA/100 Controllers on Linux?
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Re: [vox-tech] ATA/100 Controllers on Linux?

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On Monday 14 July 2003 07:42 am, Michael Dunham wrote:
> I am reviving an old Pentium II machine to use as my desktop at home.  I
> got an old copy of Mandrake up on it and I am making good headway getting
> the hardware organized into something that I can then upgrade to either a
> more current version of Linux or FreeBSD.  My current problem is the BIOS
> doesn't read larger hard drives.  I have a 13gb that would work fine as the
> root disk but for now I am restricted to the original disk at 1.9gb which
> is just plain too small.
> I tried upgrading the BIOS but it is an ASUS and they haven't issued any
> upgrades for this board since 1998. The upgrade they have didn't address
> drive sizes. Ugh.  There is a 2 channel ATA/100 board from Startech
> (http://www.startech.com/ststore/itemdetail.cfm?ProductID=PCI2IDE100&topbar
>= topbario.htm) that some of the online outlets list as a "Linux compatible"
> (Startech doesn't mention it) but I haven't been able to find any evidence
> that anyone has actually used one for a Linux installation.  My concern is
> that some boards require drivers and they are only available for Windoze
> generally ;-(
> Does anyone have any experience with this or other add-on controller boards
> on a Linux installation as a workaround for larger disks?  It seems like it
> should be a normal thing to do...

Mike, try installing with a small (20 oe 30 megs or so is what I use) 
partition at the begining of the drive, and place /boot there. Your kernel 
may be able to address the whole drive without any problems. A quick way to 
tell if this will work is to try a boot disk (CD or floppy) and see if it can 
access the whole drive.

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