Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 20294
LILO option lba32 sometimes needed
Last modified: 2005-10-31 17:00:50 EST
I installed RHL7.0 via NFS on a recent PC with a large disk. I placed the
LINUX / partition above 8.5G (above cyl 1024). The installation appeared
to be done properly. When the installer invited me to hit return to
reboot, the X screen disappeared to briefly reveal a scary error message on
the text console. The message was quickly cleared by the rebooting
The reboot failed. To cut a long story short, the flashed messages were
from LILO, saying:
Warning: device 0x0307 exceeds 1024 cylinder limit
Fatal: sector 26948994 too large for linear mode (try 'lba32' instead)
LILO had therefore not installed a boot sector.
The installer should definitely have reported this problem to me. It
should have provision to rectify it. It is lucky that I created a boot
The man pages for lilo and lilo.conf make no mention of lba32. I found
that replacing "linear" with "lba32" in /etc/lilo.con fixed the problem.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 14351 ***
Boot the installer with "linux lba32" per the note in RELEASE-NOTES on the CD.