Bug 53547 - Installer stops after format
Summary: Installer stops after format
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 37280
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda
Version: 7.1
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Brent Fox
QA Contact: Brock Organ
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2001-09-11 08:52 UTC by Need Real Name
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:37 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2001-11-19 09:40:12 UTC

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Description Need Real Name 2001-09-11 08:52:32 UTC
From Bugzilla Helper:
User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.0; Windows 98; DigExt)

Description of problem:
No matter what install options I choose, my compaq deskpro 2000 (5166MMX) 
hangs during install just after formatting the drive.  It returns the 
following error:

HeaderLoad: assertion "rdlen == dl" failed. 

This problem only occurs when i use a maxtor 30,7 GB drive (5T030H3) or a 
maxtor 20 GB drive (I don't have any other drives). The original 2.1 GB 
western digital drive that came with the deskpro 2000 doen't have this 
problem. I used the same disks on a clone PC and it works fine. 
- The BIOS large disk translations option is turned off.
- I tried all the compaq firmware upgrades that check for older maxtor 
firmwares (didn't apply to any of my drives)
- Sometimes there is no error but the system just hangs. 
- Doing a custom install with the LILO option turned off works OK

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Take a compaq deskpro 2000
2. replace the original disk with a brand new one (Maxtor)
3. install linux
4. wait for the error

Actual Results:  The error "HeaderLoad: assertion "rdlen == dl" failed. " 

Expected Results:  Installer should start transferring the images to the 

Additional info:

Comment 1 Doug Ledford 2001-09-19 14:08:32 UTC
This sounds like an install code bug.  Reassigning to the component anaconda and
the owner of that component.

Comment 2 Brent Fox 2001-09-20 15:01:38 UTC
Can you attach the complete debug error message?

Comment 3 Need Real Name 2001-09-27 20:51:46 UTC
Do you mean the complete contents of the screen after linux stops responding or 
do I have to do anything special to obtain a "complete debug error message"?

Comment 4 Brent Fox 2001-09-28 14:37:20 UTC
Well, when you see the message "HeaderLoad: assertion "rdlen == dl" failed.", is
there any more information on the screen with it?  Usually when a crash occurs,
a bunch of information is written to the screen that gives us a clue as to where
the crash occured.  If there's more information on the screen, tell us what it says.

I can't really say what the problem is at this point, and I haven't seen this
problem before.  I'm a little confused as to why the computer works with the old
hard drive, but not the new one...but the new hard drive works in a different
computer.  This makes it seem like a hardware problem to me, but I can't say for
sure.  Does the BIOS identify the new drive?

Comment 5 Brent Fox 2001-10-15 16:17:42 UTC
Closing due to inactivity.  Please reopen if you have more information.

Comment 6 Need Real Name 2001-10-15 21:11:45 UTC
Sorry to keep you waiting. Just back from vacation. I will have a replacement 
server in 2 weeks. After that i'll be able to do a new install on the compaq to 
reproduce the message. 

I'll be back.

Comment 7 Need Real Name 2001-10-15 21:23:57 UTC
In case you're wondering. I have completed the install and the machine is being 
used as a mailserver. It boots from floppy and that seems to work. Although 
sometimes I can see CRC errors on the screen which isn't very comforting.

- the maxtor drives passed all the tests on the maxtor diagnostic diskettes.
- I ran windows NT server 4.0 SP 6a on it for 90 days without any problems 
although I used the WD 2.1 GB drive to boot during that period.

Anyway. I'll have more info in a couple of weeks

Comment 8 Brent Fox 2001-10-16 19:36:02 UTC
Ok, I'm reopening the bug report and will put in Needinfo state until your new
server comes in.

Comment 9 Brent Fox 2001-11-05 15:09:22 UTC
Have you made any progress?

Comment 10 Need Real Name 2001-11-09 14:26:29 UTC
The replacement server will hopefully arrive on monday. I'll have more on 

Comment 11 Brent Fox 2001-11-09 21:08:31 UTC

Comment 12 Need Real Name 2001-11-16 13:02:27 UTC
Ok here it is:

#Top of the screen show the following message a number of times (+/- 7 times)

Gtk-CRITICAL **: file gtkaccelgroup.c: line 188 (gtk_accel_group_attach): 
assertion 'g_slist_find (accel_group->attach_objects, object) == NULL' failed

#then the following text

python: header.c:511: headerload: Assertion 'rdlen == dl' failed
install exited abnormally
sending termination signals...done
sending kill signals...done
disabling swap...
unmounting filesystems...
    /mnt/source umount failed ()
you may safely reboot your system

Comment 13 Brent Fox 2001-11-16 19:51:42 UTC
Can you try doing the install in text mode?  Just boot the installer by typing 
'text'.  Does that help?

Comment 14 Need Real Name 2001-11-19 09:40:07 UTC
#During install it says:

WARNING: Unknown EDD version 0x1600 supported

In dont know if this message shows up during a graphical install.
The rest is the same.

Python: headerload asserttion failed etc. etc.

Doesn't work.

Comment 15 Brent Fox 2001-11-20 18:16:23 UTC
This looks like a dupe of bug #37280

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 37280 ***

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