Bug 154629 - "Assertion (heads < 256) at disk_dos.c:486 in function probe_partition_for_geom() failed." Error
"Assertion (heads < 256) at disk_dos.c:486 in function probe_partition_for_ge...
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 138419
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Anaconda Maintenance Team
Mike McLean
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Reported: 2005-04-13 01:34 EDT by seb kaz
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:11 EST (History)
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Description seb kaz 2005-04-13 01:34:07 EDT
Description of problem:
I'm installing Fedora Core 3 onto my dads laptop. It origanaly had XP Pro 
(NTFS) with two other partitions on it,(Also NTFS) on the one 60GB HardDrive.
I deleted one of them to make room for FC3. I started the setup up and came up 
with 27 "Assertion (heads < 256) at disk_dos.c:486 in function 
probe_partition_for_geom() failed." errors.

So, it went on like that for a coupple of times and got realy annoing!

I read something on here about this and it didn't help! And my mum had a try.
And when I had another try, i did it with "noprobe". There was a Linux Swap 
partition configured for 13GB.
So I deleted that and made 6GB for FC3, and 2GB for the Swap.
And when I tried Saving the configuration, it through a hissy-fit at me with 
this error: Could not allocate requested partitions: Partitioning failed: Could 
not allocate partitions

So I tried again to see if it would make the partition. No.

So... I continued without the swap. Made XP the defult boot, No Firewall, USA 
English, Sydney Australia Location, Root Password: ****** (Taken out for 
security reasons) Custom packages for Personal PC, Began install, Got CD's #1, 
2 and 3

Then the bug came up: "Assertion (heads < 256) at disk_dos.c:486 in function 
probe_partition_for_geom() failed."
so I quit and came here for support

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Fedora Core 3 - anaconda

How reproducible:
Quite reproducible

Steps to Reproduce:
1.NTFS with Windows XP Pro
2.Partition for Fedora Core 3, 10GB
3.Start the setup
Actual results:
Massive errors. Failed Install result of loosing data

Expected results:
Errors reporting: "Assertion (heads < 256) at disk_dos.c:486 in function 
probe_partition_for_geom() failed."

Additional info:
None given
Comment 1 Chris Lumens 2005-04-13 09:54:05 EDT

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 138419 ***

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