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Date:      Fri, 08 Dec 1995 17:10:01 -0800
From:      Andrew Stevenson <>
Subject:   Geometry of second scsi
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We are trying to install freebsd 2.1.  We have 2 scsi drives.  We have low 
level formatted both through the bios.  When we go to partitioning our disks 
in the installer, it tells us we have invalid disk geometry.  To get around 
this, we boot under dos and use f-disk to create a 1mb dos partition on the 
first disk.  This stops the installer complaining about invalid geometry on 
disk 1, but not on disk 2.  Unfortunatley, dos can't see the second disk to 
create a partition on it.

The second disk is a Conner CFP1080S 1GB.  The drive is marked as having 3658 
cylinders, 6 heads and 66-120 sectors.  The accompanying litrature claims it 
has 2794 cylinders, 8 heads and 72-114 sectors.  We have tried telling 
freebsd installer all of these numbers (manually trying each value between 66 
and 120 for 3658/6 and each value between 72 and 114 for 2794/8).  :-(

The installer said ALL of these values were incorrect.  :~(

Any ideas?

The Lamers @ Hobart College
(Home page unavailable due to failure of second scsi drive)

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