Hi (your last mail to the -user list was in html, oops), FreeDOS is right to complain here: There is an official partition type for FAT16 LBA, but you have a partition which is marked as FAT16 CHS while at the same time reaching beyond the 1024 cylinders that CHS can reach! WinXP seems to just ignore the problem. FreeDOS shows a warning and tries to ignore the problem, too, but somehow crashes.
Partition Status Mbytes Description Usage Start Cyl End Cyl 1 20 16 Hidden FAT16 0% 0 1 3 7 A 27980 NTFS 98% 16 3582 C: 4 6 494 FAT16 2% 3584 3646 ---- ---- start/end cyl are > 1023 WARNING: partition Pri: 4 FS 06 has CHS:3584-0-1 not 1023-254-63 WARNING: partition Pri: 4 FS 06 has CHS:3546-254-63, not 1023-254-63 3646, I assume? WARNING: partition Pri: 4 FS 06 is not LBA Please run FDISK to correct this - using LBA to access partition start 3584-0-1, end 3646-254-63 C:HD1, Pri [ 4], CHS: 3584-0-1, start=28113 MB, size=494 MB Those messages are far too verbose if you ask me! It would have been enough to show only: Partition should be marked as LBA, use FDISK to correct this: start 3584-0-1, end 3646-254-63 C:HD1, Pri [ 4], CHS: 3584-0-1, start=28113 MB, size=494 MB This would already contain all required information (you can add, optionally, the overall drive geometry to the start 3584-0-1, end 3646-254-63 line). Would be nice if Jeremy could reduce the error message verbosity here :-) PS: This is NOT a smoking gun. Your partition table is wrong, but in a "mild" way, which WinXP fixes silently and which FreeDOS complains about. Nothing caused by FDISK, though. ("fixes" as in "assumes the right value" - WinXP does not fix the data on disk. Actually MS FDISK is SO "caring" / crazy that if you create a FAT16 partition but format it with a FAT32 filesystem, their FDISK will pretend that the partition table would show the correct FAT32 value...) Eric ------------------------------------------------------- SF.Net email is sponsored by: Discover Easy Linux Migration Strategies from IBM. Find simple to follow Roadmaps, straightforward articles, informative Webcasts and more! Get everything you need to get up to speed, fast. http://ads.osdn.com/?ad_id=7477&alloc_id=16492&op=click _______________________________________________ Freedos-user mailing list Freedosfirstname.lastname@example.org https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/freedos-user