Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 133225
parted throws assertion of heads < 256 during fc3test2 install
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:49 EST
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Description of problem:
During install of fc3test2 on a Compaq Deskpro EN (Celeron 850),
parted throws this message:
Assertion (heads < 256) at disk_dos.c:472 in function
This occurs several times, eventually hanging the machine.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot fc3test2 CD.
2. Attempt to partition disk, either automagically or manually.
3. Watch this assertion thrown several times.
4. Watch the box lock up after a few of these.
Actual Results: Install locks up.
Expected Results: Install should have proceeded normally.
There are several different CHS translations available in this BIOS,
including "Off", "Bit Shift", "LBA assisted", and "Manual". None of
the above work.
This should be fixed in rawhide with the newer version of parted
I have basically the same
White Box Pent' 133 (showing kids how one can use a PC found in
2 x 2GB drives, one was FC2 the other some DOS/Win95 disk
My error is sector count <= 63
At least my box does not lock up :)
I also have this same bug, but now with fedora core 3 TEST 3. So it is there yet
and should be resolved before final release. The HD I am using has a FAT32
partition used by Windows 98.
During installation of FC3-test-i386-DVD :
many times :
"Assertion (heads > 0) at disk_dos.c 482 in function
"Assertion (sectors <= 63) at disk_dos.c 487 in function
PC is running Fedora 2 only.
hda is WDC WD 600AB-22BVA0 (Geom 116301/16/63
hdb is Maxtor 4D040H2 (Geom 79408/16/63
The same fault as all of the above, no need repeating it all.
fedora core 3 current release 1/1/2005.
Assertion (heads < 256) at disk_dos.c:486 in
function probe_partition_for_geom() failed
But I make it just pass the partion, when it's about to start install
it gives me another error, then the install cancels out. I can't find
the cause. I'm trying to install to a Western Digital Caviar SE 250GB
hard drive. My computer's a P3 733MHz, and I'm trying to dual-boot
with Windows XP Pro. This is my first time actually trying to install
Linux, and I've made Fedora my choice of distro. So I really hope to
get it working. According to the history, this seems to be a
releatively old bug, dating back to Fedora Core 2? I'm trying to
install Core 3 Final.
Marking as a duplicate of a bug which was filed later, but has a whole lot more
comments/workarounds/etc. on it. Still trying to get this problem figured out.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 138419 ***