I've a SOYO Dragon Platinum Edition motherboard, with SATA drives. According to FreeBSD's installation process, my geometry is incorrectly set. So, I did as it asked, rebooted into the BIOS and retrieved the figures:

Cylinders:   38309
Head:          16
Pre:               0
LandZone:      38308
Sectors:        255

I selected the "G" command from sysinstall's menu to set the geometry manually: 38309/16/255 (cyl/hd/sector) and it still insists the figures are wrong. It's defaulting back to what it believes is correct:

9729 cylinders
255 heads
63 sectors

These are 80gb SATA drives. The BIOS is set to run in IDE Enhanced mode (I believe).

I did a test installation and it worked, except the dreaded GRUB loader (from a linux test install) keeps coming up (fdisk /mbr does NOT get rid of it)... I don't know if that's the cause of this problem (doubtful).

Any clues as to what might be wrong? The BIOS is AMI/Phoenix, and is up-to-date.


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