Detecting LBA on IDE harddisk.

Daniel Ryde (
Fri, 16 May 1997 14:44:33 +0200 (MET DST)

The kernel Harddisk detection seems to always detect LBA mode, even if it
is turned off. IMHO this boot message should'nt be possible:

hda: QUANTUM FIREBALL_TM1280A, 1222MB w/76kB Cache, LBA, CHS=2484/16/63, DMA

In LBA mode the number of cylinders should'nt excced 1024. And in this
particular case LBA is turned off in the BIOS. I dont know if this screws
up lilo, but I am having trouble booting with lilo. It just stops whithout
any "LILO" message (yes I have read the HOWTOs).

Using Linux 2.0.30 in latest Debian.

Best Regards

Daniel Ryde
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