Re: Error 18: exceeds maximum supported by BIOS :P
Date: Sat, 03 Sep 2005 10:10:55 +0200
Snorkelson MacBurp wrote:
> firstname.lastname@example.org said the following on 02/09/05 08:58:
>> Installed Suse 9.2 over XP and was hoping to dual boot partitions.
>> resized (XP) NTFS to 15 and 20 for Suse on a 40 gb drive.
>> I get this error when I try to boot Suse
>> Error 18: Selected cylinder exceeds maximum supported by BIOS
>> I can't use a floppy drive because my notebook doesn't have one.
>> Please help i'm only a beginner. :)
> If you used Lilo, it needs to (or at least did) be below the 1024th
> cylinder (first 8GB). I'm not sure if the BIOS error indicates
> something else.
The 'Error 18' indicates he is using Grub.
Grub also uses the BIOS to load it's 2nd stage or 1.5 stage.
If there is some free space right after the MBR (which is usually the
case), then Grub places it's 1.5 stage there. But if there is no space
(some partitioning programs don't leave free space) then Grub's 2nd
stage must be on a partition where the BIOS can read it.
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