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Re: A parted bug ??

From: Sven Luther
Subject: Re: A parted bug ??
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2004 13:22:00 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.6+20040907i

On Thu, Nov 11, 2004 at 12:39:15PM +0100, Szakacsits Szabolcs wrote:
> On Wed, 10 Nov 2004, Edward wrote:
> > I am not sure if this is a parted bug.
> > 
> > I had Windows 2000 on FAT32.
> > After I resize my fat32 boot partition with
> > parted(v1.6.16), windows 2000 can not be booted.
> > I checked BPB of fat32 bootsector, I found parted
> > change Sectors Per Track(offset 0x18) and Number of
> > Heads(offset 0x1A) to FF FF FF FF.
> > Then I modified the 4 bytes to 3F 00 FF 00 and windows
> > 2000 can be booted.
> This is horrible news. Fundamentally this problem keeps occuring for 
> years and recently it started to cause major havoc for a lot of people. 
> I believed it was fixed in 1.6.12.

Notice that a debian bug report against the parted seems to suggest that
putting the drive in LBA mode in the BIOS fixes these issues, and that they
only appear when CHS is selected in the BIOS.

That said, my knowledge of broken x86 hardware is rather abysmal, so i could
be speaking nonsense here. A simple solution is to just erase windows though


Sven Luther

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