Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 149452
Errors installing fedora
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:00 EST
Description of problem:
Im a first time linux user insatlling fedora core 3. I use a intel p4
1.7Ghz 256 ram, 2 harddisks ( a 20G and a 80G).
First and foremost errors start occuring at the beginning of the
installation when selecting the keyboard layout and then hitting next
generates the error, "Assertion (heads>256) at disk_doc.c: 486 in
function probe_partition_for_geom() failed"
After my first failed attempt at installation, in any subsequent
installations the above message is followed by the messages "Attempt
to read sectors 2-3 outside of partition on /dev/hdb" & "Attempt to
read sectors 0-7 outside of partition on /dev/hdb". I just hit ignore
for all the prompts.
Well i'll give you the layout on the drives. The 20 gig drive has
windows xp with a ntfs file system. I used partition magic to free up
10 gigs (approx) for use with linux. 80 gig drive is OS free and is
formatted in the vfat file system (for some reason their is 2 megs of
Using disk druid in linux, i set up a root partition for linux with
size 8582 megs and a swap partition with (510 megs). Note all this is
on hda and I do nothing to hdb (80 gig drive).
I pretty much select default settings for all other install options,
except i use the advanced boot features and not use the MBR of hda
because I heard windows sometimes has problems with this. I
periodically (when clicking 'next' to move to the upcoming screen)
gwt the error messages I mentioned earlier occuring again, till
finally I reach the final install stage, where i am informed that I
need 2 fedora cds (even though my friend gave me 4??) and i ok the
install. Upon doing this I get a rerun of the error message mentioned
earlier and im given the option to save a log onto didk and post on
thx for the help, excuse my noobness if i missed anything.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
Created attachment 111325 [details]
This is the post installation dump of my failed installation
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 138419 ***
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.