Bug 78765 - Installer crashed complaining about inconsistent partition table
Installer crashed complaining about inconsistent partition table
Status: CLOSED CURRENTRELEASE
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: installer (Show other bugs)
8.0
i586 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeremy Katz
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2002-11-29 08:25 EST by Stanislav
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:48 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-10-04 23:00:47 EDT
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Description Stanislav 2002-11-29 08:25:49 EST
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Description of problem:
Installer gets to the screen where it asks wether I would like to use automatic
partitioning, disk druid or fdisk. I choose Disk druid. installer displays
message box stating that: the partition table on /dev/hda/ is inconsistent .....
blah blah ..... . 
When I click Ignore machine freezes.
My partition table can not be *that* screwed up, beacuse I have been using this
disk, with same partitions for years under windows. (when creating partitions
for my windows two years ago I have intentionally left some space for future
linux installations).
I have even tried to run Partition Magic program (windows application) to create
swap and ex2fs partitions. Installer freezes anyway. I have got another disk in
my machine that is OK. What if I wanted to install linux on that other disc?

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How reproducible:
Always

Steps to Reproduce:
Every time I try to run setup on one particular machine.
I can send you snapshot of my partition table if you provide some tool for that,
or tell me how to do it.
I can install RedHat 8.0 linux from the same media on other machines.

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Comment 1 Michael Fulbright 2002-12-02 11:03:26 EST
Matt could you see if this is a parted issue please?
Comment 2 Mike Hmelovsky 2003-02-08 18:20:05 EST
I do not know if this is related, but I had a similar freeze going from Redhat 6.2 to 7.2 
on a PC100 598LMR motherboard.  I tried everything but nothing worked.  Then out of 
desparation I tried a BIOS setup and forced the hard drive to run in PIO Mode 0 (yeah, 
this reduses performace), but to my amazement it didn't freeze anymore and finished the 
initialization.  After installation was complete, I put the BIOS back to the correct 
setting.  Everything ran fine.  Why I don't know?

Comment 3 Mike Hmelovsky 2003-02-09 14:52:26 EST
I do not know if this is related, but I had a similar freeze going from Redhat 6.2 to 7.2 
on a PC100 598LMR motherboard.  I tried everything but nothing worked.  Then out of 
desparation I tried a BIOS setup and forced the hard drive to run in PIO Mode 0 (yeah, 
this reduses performace), but to my amazement it didn't freeze anymore and finished the 
initialization.  After installation was complete, I put the BIOS back to the correct 
setting.  Everything ran fine.  Why I don't know?

Comment 4 Stanislav 2003-02-12 04:28:17 EST
Reacion to Comment from Mike Hmelovsky
....... Then out of desparation I tried a BIOS setup and forced the hard drive
to run in PIO Mode 0 .......

I (the original submiter of the bug) have tried to set BIOS this way. I have
switched off all the IDE optimalization, prefetch, PIO, even ultra DMA, I have
even forced BIOS to use disk as LBA (instead of "Auto"). Nothing helps. Thanks
for the tip.
Comment 5 Jeremy Katz 2004-10-04 23:00:47 EDT
This should be happier in newer releases.  Please reopen if it still
occurs and you have more information to add to the problem report.

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