Bug 308831 - installer crashed on beginning of installation, error occured trying to initialize swap device sda5
Summary: installer crashed on beginning of installation, error occured trying to initi...
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda
Version: 8
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Anaconda Maintenance Team
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2007-09-27 12:24 UTC by teejay
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:12 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2007-10-05 15:02:21 UTC

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Detail of Unhandled Exception, Error, Anaconda (27.99 KB, text/plain)
2007-09-27 15:27 UTC, teejay
no flags Details

Description teejay 2007-09-27 12:24:34 UTC
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Description of problem:
trying to install of kde live cd. the installer crashes at the beginning of 
the installation giving this message: "an error occurred trying to initialize 
swap on device sda5. this problem is serious, and the install cannon continue. 
press <enter> to exit the installer." i have mepis 7 beta currently installed 
and i selected the option to manually partition hard drive. i have one hard 
drive with a root partition, home partition, boot partition, and a swap 
partition, also a small ntfs partition. the swap partition is on an extended 
partition. also sometimes i get this error message just before manual 
partition setup. "/dev/sda5 has a partition type of 0x82 (linux swap) but does 
not appear to be formatted as a linux swap partition. would you like to format 
this partition as a swap partition?" i select yes. the swap partition has been 
used on multiple versions of linux including fedora 7 and it worked fine.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. start live cd installer.
2. click through and choose manual partition setup.
3. /dev/sda1 as /boot and format
   /dev/sda2 as / and format
   /dev/sda3 as ntfs - not changed
   /dev/sda4 as Extended
   /dev/sda5 as swap and format
   /dev/sda6 as /home and no format
4. default settings for rest of installer
5. click 'next' to start installation and error message appears

Actual Results:
the error message appeared and 4 autodetect windows appeared for /home /boot 
12G media and another 12G media.

Expected Results:
the installer should have did its stuff and installed the system.

Additional info:
the computer is an hp dv6000 with an amd64x2 turion nvidia geforce 7200 GO and 
broadcom wireless. with older kernels sometimes system would not boot and with 
fedora 7 default kernel there was a problem with ACPI and the only way to use 
it was with the kernel parameter vga=792. using that parameter and also when 
using other distros the system locks up on shut down at syncing hardware clock 
to system time. there is believed to be a problem with ACPI on these 

Comment 1 teejay 2007-09-27 12:29:39 UTC
tried to delete the swap partition within the installer and than recreated the 
swap partition with the remaining free space. now when the installer begins i 
get this error message. "error informing the kernel about modification to 
partition /dev/sda6--device or resource busy. this means that linux wont know 
about any changes you made to /dev/sda6 until you reboot -- so you shouldnt 
mount it or use it in any way before rebooting." if i click 'ignore' the same 
error message as before appears. i used /dev/sda6 as the swap.

Comment 2 teejay 2007-09-27 12:53:47 UTC
i attempted to do an install without any swap partition and all works well 
until it starts formatting. at that point the whole system goes into a hard 
lock and must be restared.

Comment 3 teejay 2007-09-27 15:27:30 UTC
Created attachment 208521 [details]
Detail of Unhandled Exception, Error, Anaconda

i deleted the swap file. than i added a swap file on the primary and then i
tried to add another swap file to the extended and this error occurred.

Comment 4 teejay 2007-09-27 16:27:56 UTC
i tried installing again and selected the 'remove all partitions and create 
default layout' option and this time everything worked well until it got 
to "formating /boot partition" in which the system hard locked.

Comment 5 Jeremy Katz 2007-10-05 15:02:21 UTC
this is resolved in test3

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