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Date:      Sat, 9 Dec 1995 10:58:21 -0500
From:      Darin Lee <darinl@umich.edu>
To:        "'John Fieber'" <jfieber@indiana.edu>
Subject:   RE: FREEBSD Installation
Message-ID:  <01BAC625.46AF67A0@pm009-03.dialip.mich.net>
Resent-Message-ID: <Pine.BSF.3.91.951209112219.5650B@fieber-john.campusview.indiana.edu>

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From: 	John Fieber[SMTP:jfieber@indiana.edu]
Sent: 	08 December 1995 10:29
To: 	Darin Lee
Cc: 	'doc@freebsd.org'
Subject: 	Re: FREEBSD Installation

On Fri, 8 Dec 1995, Darin Lee wrote:

> FREEBSD began installation but hung with an error of "cannot create the
> ROOT image" or something to that extent. I tried this several times and

do you have a c:\freebsd\floppies\root.flp?

If you do, write down *exactly* what the error message is.  It could
also be a geometry translation problem.

John, Thanks a million for the timely response!!!,

The 'floppies' directory is there (boot.flp, root.flp)...

I went through the procedure again, and wrote everything down, as per your 
suspicion it appears to be a translation problem...

Install error reported:
'FAILED TO LOAD THE ROOT DISTRIBUTION. PLEASE CORRECT THE PROBLEM AND TRY 
AGAIN'

in the background:

warning:calculated sectors per cylinder (4096) disagrees with disk label 
(4032)

/mnt/dev/rwd1s1e: 203792 sectors in 94 cylinders of 1 tracks, 2168 sectors

debug: Starting an emergency holographic shell over on the fourth screen

debug: Generating /etc/fstab file
mountmsdos( ):root directory is not a multiple of the clustersize in length

gunzip:stdin:invalid compressed data --format violated
/stand/cpio: premature end of file.

HANG....

My CMOS reports the drive (through autodetect) as:
Size: 1271M Cyls:616 Head:64 Precomp:0 LZ:2465 Sector:63 Mode:LBA

BSD Kernel boot reports:
WD1, 1213, 2485728, 2466, 63s/t, 512 b/s

The drive is a SAMSUNG 1.2gig...
physical drive parameters (from the manual) are:
MODEL: PLS-31274A
FORMATED CAPACITY: 1272.7
CYLINDERS: 3842
HEADS: 6
SECTORS/TRACKS: 71-131
INTERFACE: AT

Is there a 'set' way to calculate the correct geometry? I've used the 
pfdisk utility included with the cd, and punched in the reported 
numbers..to no avail. (also went through the on-line faq's - didn't find a 
whole lot on fixing non-scsi geometry problems...)


Thanks again...

Darin Lee <darinl@umich.edu>







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