Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 163263
Partition errors installing FC4 on G4 iMac
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:10 EST
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Description of problem:
I am trying to install Fedora Core 4 Release to dual boot on a G4 800 Mhz iMac running 384
Mb or RAM and OS X Panther 10.3 for the primary OS.
While I have tried several different configurations, here is basically the error I encounter
I boot off of the OS X install CD #1 and use Disk Utility to create 2 partitions: a 35 gig
for OS X and a 20 gig for Fedora. Then I load OS X on the 35 gig and boot to the Fedora
From there I choose the Linux boot option from yaboot.
I used the verify disk utility on all of my media. All passed.
After Anaconda runs, the Fedora splash screen pops up and the installation begins.
From the first page I choose next.
I select mouse options and click next.
On the keyboard select page, I choose the default English keyboard layout and get the
following error when I click next.
The partition's data region doesn't occupy the entire partition.
I choose ignore. The error pops up 4 or 5 times, then recieve another error message.
Attempt to read sectors 16-18 outside of partition on /dev/hda
I choose ignore. Eventually I can get passed that screen to select all of my other install
parameters. BUT, I usually get one or the other or both after choosing the correct
parameters on each screen. Again, if I choose ignore several times, I can eventually proceed
with the installation.
Eventually, I arrive at the last screen before the actual formatting and installation
begins. When I choose next for the last time, I get both of the aforementioned errors. Then
I get one final error (forgive me for not writing it down, it was a very long string) and
I'm given the error to debug or ... I forgot the other option. Either way, whichever option
is chosen my entie screen goes completely pink and nothing happens. I have to manually power
the system off.
I have tried several different partitioning schemes including just making one solid
partition and loading ONLY Fedora, but I get the exact same errors every time.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot to FC4 installation on 800 Mhz G4 iMac
2. Try to install the OS under ANY partitioning scheme.
Actual Results: Screen errors out and goes completely pink.
Expected Results: It should have began formatting the filesystem and installing packages.
This is a duplicate of bug 159047. Please see that bug for a more detailed
discussion of what's going on. For a fix, download
http://people.redhat.com/clumens/mac-parted-update/updates.img, write it to a
floppy, and boot with "linux updates". This should fix you up.
You can also take the updates.img and use dd to write it to a USB key, then use
that with "linux updates" as well. You will need to dd it to the entire device,
so make sure you backup whatever may be on the USB drive first. You can do
something like this:
dd if=updates.img of=/dev/sda
Replace /dev/sda with the name of your USB key drive, though.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 159047 ***