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Bug #1999

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Cannot install OI on machine with big (>1TB?) disk

Added by Justin Santa Barbara over 9 years ago. Updated over 9 years ago.

Status:
Closed
Priority:
Normal
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Category:
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Target version:
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Start date:
2012-01-18
Due date:
% Done:

100%

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Difficulty:
Medium
Tags:
needs-triage

Description

Using the server CD, I can't install onto a big hard drive. The error message is: "disk has <N> blocks, which is too large for a 32 bit kernel" and then the big drive does not appear as an installation target (which makes sense).

The machine has 16GB of RAM, so would otherwise boot into 64 bit mode, but I'm guessing the ISO doesn't have the same 32/64 auto detect logic? Any way to force a 64 bit boot here?

Actions #1

Updated by Ken Mays over 9 years ago

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Actions #2

Updated by Ken Mays over 9 years ago

  • Status changed from Feedback to Closed

Closing ticket.

Various workarounds are posted on the Net. You can go into grub and
do this with select the 64-bit kernel or force through boot.conf (amd64).

FYI: Technically, it is ill-advised to install OI's root natively on >1TB drives.

Actions #3

Updated by Justin Santa Barbara over 9 years ago

  • Status changed from Closed to Feedback

That did work - thanks. Do you have a link that explains why OI's root shouldn't be on big drives?

Also, I'd suggest that a simple fix would be to have a 64 bit install option on the GRUB menu. I'd think it should actually be the default, because there are surely going to be more people with a >1TB disk than a 32 bit only CPU, but having the menu option will be a big step forwards.

Actions #4

Updated by Ken Mays over 9 years ago

  • Status changed from Feedback to Closed
  • % Done changed from 0 to 100

I'll see if they want to add this to the menus for oi_151 stable release under another ticket.

Issues with root on very large drives may be an 'urban legend' by now.

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