Bug 20294 - LILO option lba32 sometimes needed
LILO option lba32 sometimes needed
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 14351
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: installer (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Michael Fulbright
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2000-11-03 14:20 EST by D. Hugh Redelmeier
Modified: 2005-10-31 17:00 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-11-03 14:41:50 EST
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Description D. Hugh Redelmeier 2000-11-03 14:20:37 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.
Comment 1 Michael Fulbright 2000-11-03 14:41:47 EST

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 14351 ***
Comment 2 Matt Wilson 2000-11-03 17:09:45 EST
Boot the installer with "linux lba32" per the note in RELEASE-NOTES on the CD.

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