Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 29205
Disk druid (both text and GUI) has error when creating partitions.
Last modified: 2007-03-26 23:41:38 EDT
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Disk druid gives error "/... Couldn't fit boot partition.
System has a 45GB WD drive, 440BX motherboard, Celeron 400MHz processor.
Linux shares disk with Windows 2000 and I use Windows' boot manager or
floppy disk to launch Linux.
This only occurs with Fisher, I had no problem with RedHat 7.0 or other
distributions. I had to use RedHat 7.0 (or PartitionMagic) to create my
Linux partitions and then install 'Fisher.' If I have don't create the
partitions first or delete them with Disk Druid when installing 'Fisher',
I can not add them back again. The install proceeded well after that but
had another problem when kdm launched (See bug report against kdm.).
I also noted that when 'Fisher' installed it took a lot longer than RedHat
7.0 to run ananconda (1 - 2 minutes longer). It spent a lot of time
accessing the hard disk and CDROM (access lights flashed back and forth).
If not for the disk lights I would have though it had died. This also
happened at another point in the installation before ananconda.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Started installation of 'fisher' from CDROM
2. Tried to use Disk Druid to configure 45GB hard disk
Please give the original partition state of your system and the partition state
when you are trying to add the '/' partition.
Most likely you are trying to add '/' and there is only space about the 1024
cylinder limit, so the allocation fails (since we can only be sure that BIOS
will boot from below the 1024 cylinder limit).
We (Red Hat) should really try to resolve this before next release.
I am installing the boot partition about the 1024 cylinder limit. I tried
the "Wolverine" beta version and it also returned an error, but gave a clearer
message, saying the boot sector was greater than the 1024 limit. However,
RedHat 7.0 allowed me to create a boot partition above this limit. I did have
to change the lilo.conf file to use 'LBA32' to get lilo to work. 'Wolverine'
gave a warning message after the disk druid saying that the BIOS appeared to
support LBA. Shouldn't disk druid give a warning but still allow you to create
Because of the problems we've seen with different BIOSs returned erroneous
information about whether or not they support LBA32, we opted to not let disk
druid create partitions which extend above the 1024 cylinder limit
automatically. If you make a partition with the fdisk program, then assign it to
'/' (or '/boot') in the disk druid screen, it will let you use it.
Be sure you make a boot floppy no matter what you do, in case something goes
wrong with your motherboard/LILO interaction.