Q: Does Linux Support SCSI
Q: Does Linux Support IDE
Q: Does Linux Support
Q: Does Linux Support DVD
Q: Why Doesn't the
AHA1542C Card Work With Linux?
A: The option to allow disks with more than 1024 cylinders,
which the AHA1542C card can recognize, is only required as a
workaround for a PC-compatible BIOS misfeature and should be
turned off under Linux. For older Linux kernels you need to turn
off most of the advanced BIOS options all but the one about scanning
the bus for bootable devices.
Q: How Can
I Get Linux to Work With My Disk?
A: If your disk is an IDE or EIDE drive, you should
read the file /usr/src/linux/drivers/block/README.ide
(part of the Linux kernel source code). This README
contains many helpful hints about IDE drives. Many modern IDE
controllers do translation between "physical" cylinders/heads/sectors,
and "logical" ones.
SCSI disks are accessed by linear block numbers. The BIOS
invents some "logical" cylinder/head/sector fiction
to support DOS.
Older IBM PC-compatible BIOS's will usually not be able to
access partitions which extend beyond 1024 logical cylinders,
and will make booting a Linux kernel from such partitions using
LILO problematic at best.
You can still use such partitions for Linux or other operating
systems that access the controller directly.
It's recommend that you create at least one Linux partition
entirely under the 1024 logical cylinder limit, and boot from
that. The other partitions will then be okay.
Also there seems to be a bit of trouble with the newer Ultra-DMA
drives. I haven't gotten the straight scoop on thembut they are
becoming a very common problem at the SVLUG installfests. When
you can get 8 to 12 Gig drives for $200 to $300 it's no wonder.