Bug 62552 - Anaconda confused about the drive geometry
Anaconda confused about the drive geometry
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeremy Katz
Brock Organ
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Blocks: 61901
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Reported: 2002-04-02 11:00 EST by Daniel Powell
Modified: 2008-01-17 12:49 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2006-02-21 13:48:39 EST
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Description Daniel Powell 2002-04-02 11:00:35 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

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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 
BIOS gives.

Additional info:

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.
Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2002-04-10 17:47:51 EDT
What does the kernel think it is (look in /proc/ide/hdX/geometry)?
Comment 2 Michael Fulbright 2002-05-06 14:27:25 EDT
Closing due to inactivity. Please reopen if there is new information regarding
the issue report.
Comment 3 Red Hat Bugzilla 2006-02-21 13:48:39 EST
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.

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