40 gig seagate on ol' deskpro2000?

Henk Kloepping
Occasional Contributor

40 gig seagate on ol' deskpro2000?

own a stack of old Deskpro's. I run Linux on them. Recently a disk died on me. I wanted to replace it and had a 40 Gb disk laying around. I installed the disk (Seagate ST380810A) and ran the original set up utility. I was able to set up the disk (CHS=16383, 116, 63) but the system does not recognise it. I had ran into this type of trouble before and remembered that I probably would need a BIOS update. So, I downloaded the proper Softpaq (whose release notes state that it supports >30 Gb disks now) and to my dismay had to find out that you need DOS to create the disks. I do not have dos.

Is there anyone out there that can create the disks for me and convert them in dd-able images? I need the disks created by SP12906 and possibly SP16085.

Also, I'd be happy to hear from anybody who succesfully installed a 40 Gig Seagate in one of these machines an ran Linux on it.
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Steven E. Protter
Exalted Contributor

Re: 40 gig seagate on ol' deskpro2000?

I'm afraid there may be a problem with the BIOS on those machines with big disks.

Go to a machine running one of the following OS's

Windows 95
Windows 98
Windows Me
Maybe XP Home(avoid if possible)

start button
control panel
add remove programs

You can make a dos diskette up using that interface.

This will let you do what you wish.

My personal choice is windows 98, because it has nice CD-rom support built in.

I use these boot disks for creating Linux boot diskettes, local or network images.

Steven E Protter
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Henk Kloepping
Occasional Contributor

Re: 40 gig seagate on ol' deskpro2000?

Rhetorical question: why on earth do the HP/Compaq people - Linux minded folks, after all - not provide diskette images instead of platform dependant stuff like DOS-executables or Windows based stuff?

What I had hoped for was a kind soul somewhere that once already had created the diskettes and would do me the favour to rawrite or dd them into an image. That way I do not need to buy or borrow Windows or DOS (FreeDOS?) and install it somewhere on an empty partition (I don't have one of these either, though I /DO/ have a 40 Gig disk laying around which... ah well :-)).

I envision something like this:

$ wget
$ dd if=disk_1.img of=/dev/fd bs=1440k


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