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Date:      Thu, 12 Sep 1996 18:30:22 +0200 (MET DST)
From:      Robert Eckardt <>
To:        freebsd@ (FreeBSD Mailing List Recieving Account)
Subject:   Re: HP SCSI-2 drive and FreeBSD
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In-Reply-To: <Pine.BSF.3.91.960912104257.15682A-100000@> from FreeBSD Mailing List Recieving Account at "12. Sep. 96 10:49:56"

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> Hello,
> I'm installing another server running 2.1.5-RELEASE with an adaptec 152x 
> scsi controller and a 2gig HP SCSI-2 hard drive. When I go into fdisk to 
> setup my BSD partitions, I get a message that says the geometry is 
> incorrect. It says it is 2049/64/32 which is correct, but is not able to 
> write the partitions to the disk. 
> Thing is, Linux works fine and so does SCO with the same geometry. I 
> tried to create a 20mb DOS partition at the beginning of the drive to see 
> if that would re-assure BSD that the geometry is in fact correct, but 
> didn't help.

I'm using a 1542B with an hp3725S without problems.
I installed a DOS partition on it and use a fairly recent ASPI4DOS,
which gives (for drives > 1GB) 255 heads. Thus, my geometry looks like
******* Working on device /dev/rsd1 *******
parameters extracted from in-core disklabel are:
cylinders=261 heads=255 sectors/track=63 (16065 blks/cyl)

> Late last night (who needs sleep? :)) I booted up FreeBSD from  floppy 
> yet again and this time, fdisk reported the geometry as 2499/53/32! Well, 
> maybe Linux and SCO just don't care I thought and was able to write the 

All your systems should agree upon the same geometry.
BTW, once upon a time I tried to install Slackware 3.0, but all
SCSI kernels refused to recognise my Adaptec correctly.
Usually they complained on
"aha1542_in: (3) Unable to determine Adaptec DMA priority. ..."
(I use the factory default DMA 5.)

> partition and setup my file systems. About halfway through the install 
> however, I started getting messages that /proc was full. Doh! I've tried 
> different SCSI controllers with no luck too. 

It think, this is a different story.
I assume that you were going to add a lot of packages.
Unfortunately, KNOWNBUGS.TXT says:
: Problem:  When installing 30 or more packages in one pass during the initial
:           installation, a "too many processes" failure occurs.

> Does anyone know if HP drives have a thing against FreeBSD? All of our 
> other servers are running the same OS, so I'd like to keep everything 
> standard as possible without throwing a different OS onto our LAN. I'm 
> thinking about changing the geometry of the drive at this point from 
> rectangular to flat! :)
> Thanks,
> J
> J Rowley                       Sleep is a sign of                 MSCNet
> SysAdmin / WebMaster          caffeine deprivation          407-668-0670
> All around cool guy 

Hope this helps,

Robert Eckardt                                                     (
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