Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 57917
Installer fails to detect hdb Linux partitions for upgrade or full install from 7.1 version.
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:38:51 EDT
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Description of problem:
On a dual boot system where hda has Win98 and hdb has RH 7.1 using the LILO loader the REDHAT 7.2 Workstation installer will not
recognize the existence of hdb at all. I attempted to do an upgrade install but installer cannot locate any LINUX partitions. I tried to do a full
workstation install but the only destination for the install that the installer will allow to be selected is hda. Its obvious that hdb and the
working LINUX partitions located on it are not capable of being detected by the LINUX 7.2 installer. I searched the redhat.install
newsgroups and found several reports of the exact same problem. For informational purposes the REDHAT 7.1 that currently works fine
on hdb was installed by the RH 7.1 installer a year ago on a brand new installed 30G hard drive. the install occurred effortlessly with the
installer easily detecting the blank hard drive and doing a standard automatic partitioning. No custom tweaking was done on this at all.
Beyond installing Nvidia Xfree 8.6 drivers and the Staroffice application provided in the RH 7.1 package the system is pretty much a virgin.
The system motherboard is an ASUS P3V4X with a slot 1 Pentium 3, 800 Mhz, with 133 Mhz Front side bus. 500M of SDRAM (133 Mhz) is
installed. Both hard drives hda and hdb are identical models of 30G Maxtor UDMA 66. Internet connection is via eth0 using a DSL
modem. Video card is an ELSA GLADIAC Geforce 2 and Pine TNT2 for secondary monitor support. Both CDROM and DVD drives are
installed and work fine under RH 7.1.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot RH 7.2 Installation cdrom
2. Select Upgrade install
Actual Results: Installer posts screen message indicating that no Linux partitions were detected ...system cannot be upgraded.
Expected Results: The istall show have asked me if I wished to update my filesystem from ext2 to ext3 and then proceeded.
If you hit ctrl-alt-F2 from the installer, and run the following commands, what
is the output?
# mknod /dev/hdb
# fdisk -l /dev/hdb
# parted /dev/hdb
Closing due to inactivity. Please reopen if you have more information.
'Not a bug' eh? :) Please see Service Request 197114. Been dealing with this for
'advisory RHBA-2002:016-06' has no effect. Druid says 'you have no Linux
partitions to upgrade' but fdisk still sees everything just fine.
Have a :) day!