Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 88787
Inconsistent partition table error on update from RH8 to RH9
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:53:01 EDT
From Bugzilla Helper:User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Konqueror/3; Linux)Description of problem:I'm upgrading from RH8, which has run very well for the last 6 months, toRH9.Before I reach the package upgrade options screen (Ie after selecting themouse and languages) I receive the following message on a warning window:(not quite verbatum)<paraphrase begins>The partition table on /dev/hda is inconsistent.The probable cause of this is Linux detected the BIOS geometry for/dev/hda incorrectly. GNU Parted suspects the real geometry should be119159/16/63 not 7476/255/63. You should check your BIOS first.You can inform Linux by adding the parameter hda=119150,16,63 to thecommand line. (Or you can ignore it and fix it later.) <paraphrase ends>So, I rebooted the computer without doing anything and rebooted into theBIOS manager. Here I had the BIOS detect the hard drive geometry, whereit found it to be 29437/16 heads/255 sectors. We've now got 3 different geometries: What Linux is installed with ie7476/255/63, what GNU Parted thinks it is ie 119159/16/63 and what theBIOS says it is ie 29437/16/255.Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):From RH9 CDROMHow reproducible:AlwaysSteps to Reproduce:1. Reboot and run RH9 disk 1 from CDROM 2. Select english, english USA and 2 button mouse for upgrading 3. Actual Results: The error window mentioned above appears.Expected Results: Dunno. Has my partition table been wrong all along ? Is the BIOS finding the drive parameters correctly ? Additional info:The hard drive is a 60GB Maxtor. The processor is an AMD 2GHz Athalon. I've forgotten what the brand of the motherboard is. The system has worked very well for the last 6 months. No lockups, no crashes, etc. I sometimes get a complaint about hard drive dma issues in dmesg.Let me know if you need to see more.
I forgot to mention that the filesystem for /dev/hda is ext3. I get this when run in RH8: # /sbin/hdparm -g /dev/hda /dev/hda: geometry = 7476/255/63, sectors = 120103200, start = 0
Does this still happen with newer releases?
I no longer run this installation. I can't provide more information.