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install problems

The original BIOS Int 13h API uses 16 bits to store the cylinder and head
information combined, of which 10 bits stored the cylinder and 6 bits
stored the sector.  This is why you can access up to 1024 cylinders and 64
sectors without LBA.

There are no restrictions on the swap partition, since it is accessed only
after the Linux kernel is booted and the BIOS is no longer used.

-- Mike

On 2000-05-30 at 10:42 -0400, David Kramer wrote:

> The way that hard drive partition tables are laid out, there is only 2
> bytes for the cylinder number.  So only cylinders <1024 can be referenced.  
> Because of this the partition that contains the /boot directory (and I
> believe the swap partition too) must reside completely within the first
> 1024 cylinders.  

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