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Date:      Thu, 24 Jan 2002 21:45:29 -0000
From:      "Robin Breathe" <>
To:        <>
Subject:   RE: Possibly another RC2 ATA problem.
Message-ID:  <000001c1a520$719018d0$026ca8c0@ishadow>

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I'd recommend updating your BIOS.
V2.09 stable is now out for the TK7, and runs great on my system.  Find
it at   Certainly worth a
try, as the TK7s have had numerous problems through their short lives ;)
To fix your disk you ought to be able to use the IBM Drive Fitness tool
to low level format (need windows to make the floppy of course).

Hope this helps

Robin Breathe

Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 16:36:49 -0600 (CST)
From: FreeBSD Stable <>
Subject: Possibly another RC2 ATA problem.

I tried to load RC2 from the ISO image on a dual-athalon board with an
IBM Deskstar 60GB.  This was previously running a functioning Red Hat.

I told partition to take the whole drive, gave it some labels to use,
and told it to take ALL distributions.  When I commited, I quickly got a
write error from the drive.  (The boot block was NOT protected in the

Now the drive is hosed.  The BIOS sees it, the probe sees it (with a
different geometry), but when I get to Custom/Partition there are no
disks found.

The BIOS reports:     29437/16/255
The probe reports:   119150/16/63    (as ad0)

The debug screen shows: DEBUG: Unable to open disk ad0

I have since tried looking at it from the 4.4-R install CD, but it looks
the same from there.  I cannot talk to the drive from DOS, either.

I would normally think there is just something wrong with the drive, but
with the other reported ATA problems, and the switch to 48 bits, I
thought I should mention this.

The motherboard is:          Tyan Thunder K7, V2.07a BIOS.
The drive reports itself as: IC35L060AVER07-0.

There is no way to set the BIOS to the parameters show above.  It autos
to LBA mode.

If anyone knows how I might talk to the drive, please let me know.


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