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SubjectRe: over 5Gb missing from a 13.5Gb disk
In <> DAVID BALAZIC ( wrote:
> I thought LBA put an end to geometry nightmares !?

Unfortunatelly not :-/ Reason is simple: you MUST have some c/h/s settings
stored in partition table. And for correct boot you NEED them to be consistent
with BIOS imagination about disk. So nightmares are just slightly moved, not
ended :-/

> AFAIK the recent kernel has full support for the IDE hardware, so
> the BIOS should not matter at all. ( except for booting )

And this "except" is root of all problems: you MUST have proper information
stored in partition table.

> I personally never had any such problems,
> so this reports are a little bit confusing.

You are lucky then :-) I had such problems even with SCSI disks where such
problems should be non-existent "by definition". They are exists and REALLY
annoying :-/

> On a related topic , what other parts of the BIOS are being
> used or depended on by the linux kernel ?

PCI, APM ...

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