CF Works !?
kharris at nexus-tech.net
Thu Mar 16 16:37:32 EST 2000
Thanks for the update. I'm a little confused (not unusual :). Why is the
IDE-CF adaptor needed? Does the IDE CF not interface directly to a
standard IDE? What is the total cost of your 32MB solution?
Ralph Stickley wrote:
> After a long drawn out battle (mostly documented on these lists :-)
> here's what I had to do to make my card boot. I got this working on
> the card I've been using all week - then pulled a fresh card
> out of it's package and did the following:
> (using PQI compact Flash card - 32MB; PC-Engines IDE-CF adaptor )
> 1. Set the BIOS to autodetect HDD #1...all others are "uninstalled"
> 2. run fdisk on /dev/hdb
> - delete any existing partitions (factory partition is DOS FAT16 <32M)
> - using fdisk expert mode, set cylinders to 31 (changed from default
> - set heads to 32 (default was also 8)
> - set sectors to 63 (default was 1014)
> - create a new partition for cylinders 1-31
> - REBOOT!!! critical here ??!! NOT power off ??
> 3. format /dev/hdb1 as ext2
> 4. sync/umount then fsck.ext2 /dev/hdb1 - checks OK
> 5. mount and copy file system (12M)
> 6. sync/umount
> 7. REBOOT - (this seemed like the biggest help)
> 8. mount / lilo
> - include "linear" flag (thanks for hint on that one :-)
> - give kernel hdd parameters append="hd=31/32/63"
> 9. sync/reboot/power off
> 10. REMOVE HDD - set CF adaptor for Master mode, power up and *poof* it
> The kernel boot "Partition check" still reports [32/32/63] for CHS
> Initial access to the device *sometimes* generates "DriveReady
> SeekComplete error"
> fsck.ext2 doesn't seem to work after all the files are copied
> Geeze, what a pain. I fully expect this to NOT work for anybody
> not work for me tomorrow...Your mileage WILL vary!
> Anybody know something else to try??
> Good luck
> P.S. FYI (not trying to sell anything here...FYI only)
> The adaptor I used (the one that worked) was from PC Engines -
> PQI cards can be found at:
> (about 30% cheaper than SanSombody...support is a bit tougher...)
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