Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 41790
Installer fails on 3ware Escalade 6200 (corrupt partition table)
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:33:21 EDT
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Description of problem:
I get to the point in the installation where it requests the instalation
type (workstation, server, etc.) When I hit <next> from here, a window
pops up saying that sda (the 3ware controlled volume) has a corrupt
partition table. Retrying doesn't help, so the installation fails.
At the beginning of the installation a small window briefly popped up
saying that it was loading the 3ware drivers.
sda currently contains a Mandrake 8.0 install on a RAID 1 volume (2x 20GB
I wish to overwrite this .
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Boot from install CD
2.Also tried expert mode with same result.
Actual Results: As descibed above.
Expected Results: Should have detected the drive properlyand let me
continue with the install.
The system runs fine with Mandrake 8.0 (except for some stability problems,
which is why I'm trying RH7.1). It will currently boot up the Mandrake
install, so I'm pretty confident that the drives & controller are OK.
Most of the Mandrake install is on ReiserFS if that matters.
AMD ThunderBird-C 1200 MHz
384 MB PC133 RAM
3ware Escalade 6200 IDE RAID controller
2x20 GB Maxtor 7200 RPM drives
GeForce2 MX video
Ensoniq 1371 based PCI sound card.
CD, CDRW, Zip on onboard IDE controllers.
I'm thinking that our installer might not be able to recognize the partition
table that Mandrake set up. That's just a guess though.
Here are two options I can think of:
1) Use fdisk to wipe the Mandrake partitions off the drive. You can do that
with the installer if you go to VC2 *before* the screen that causes the error
message. Once you're at VC2, say 'mknod sda' and then 'fdisk sda'. You should
then be able to wipe the existing partitions off the drive.
2)Boot the Red Hat installer with 'linux expert'. That should keep the
installer from probing the drive.
Does this help?
Seems strange that RedHat would fail to recognize partitions created by another
Linux distro. Particularly a RedHat derivative. Anyway...
I suspect that fdisk will solve the problem. Kinda hurts if you want to dual
boot though. I don't right now, so I'll probably try that.
BTW: What is 'VC2"?
I did try the expert mode. It eventually brought me back to the same place and
came back with the same error.
I'll retry the expert mode, and then fdisk if this doesn't work. Won't be
until tonight though.
What I meant was that we might have trouble recognizing the ReiserFS partitions,
which our installer doesn't set up (currently). Like I said, that was just a
guess. I'm not really sure whether the problem is a combination of the 3ware
card and ReiserFS...I don't have a lot of experience with either of those.
Normally, dual booting distros isn't a problem. It's something that I test on
my test machines, so that usually works.
VC2 is the second virtual console...press <Ctrl><Alt><F2> and you'll be at a
root shell inside the installer environment. You can then run fdisk from there
if you need to.
Let us know if the installer worked after fdisking the drive.
Closing due to inactivity. Please reopen if you have more information.
Sorry it took so long. I didn't get back to it until this morning.
Using fdisk to delete the existing partitions solved the problem. The install
went fine from that point.