Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 62552
Anaconda confused about the drive geometry
Last modified: 2008-01-17 12:49:40 EST
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Description of problem:
Anaconda pops up an error message every time I install. Saying the drive
geometry is not the same as what gpartd thinks it should be. It offers to pass
parms to the kernel at boot. When i do that, it then says that the geometry
should be the other way. This is a drive on a Promise ATA100 controller on an
ASUS A7V133 Mobo. I'm quite confused... I have no way to tell what the bios
reports the Geometry as. its a 40G IBM Deskstar. I assume it would be in LBA
mode which is 5005/255/63 rather than 78092/16/63 or something. Quite odd.
Seems that either gpartd or anaconda is having an issue
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot the installer CD by hitting enter or passing hde=5005,255,63
2. When it comes to load Disk Druid error pops up
3. Change the geometry in the boot stage, and the same thing happens
with reversed numbers.
Actual Results: Anaconda/diskdruid/gpartd bitches about the geometry. if you
change it to what it THINKS is the Geometry, it just bitches about the opposite
Expected Results: nothing should happen at all, it should accept the info the
I cannot tell what the real geometry is on this controller. There are no
interactive features on it. This may well be a misplaced bug and need to go to
Disk Druid or gpartd actually. I'm not sure.
What does the kernel think it is (look in /proc/ide/hdX/geometry)?
Closing due to inactivity. Please reopen if there is new information regarding
the issue report.
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.