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Installed SuSe 9.1 with no problems. Decided to change to Fedora, downloaded to harddrive, burned to DVD.
During install, received these error messages:
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/src/build/475969-i386/install//usr/lib/anaconda/gui.py", line 1074, in handleRenderCallback
File "/usr/src/build/475969-i386/install//usr/lib/anaconda/iw/progress_gui.py", line 242, in renderCallback
File "/usr/src/build/475969-i386/install//usr/lib/anaconda/gui.py", line 789, in nextClicked
File "/usr/src/build/475969-i386/install//usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py", line 171, in gotoNext
File "/usr/src/build/475969-i386/install//usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py", line 239, in moveStep
rc = apply(func, self.bindArgs(args))
File "/usr/src/build/475969-i386/install//usr/lib/anaconda/packages.py", line 551, in turnOnFilesystems
File "/usr/src/build/475969-i386/install//usr/lib/anaconda/partedUtils.py", line 715, in savePartitions
error: Bug: Assertion ((C * heads + H) * sectors + S == A) at disk_dos.c:495 in function probe_partition_for_geom() failed.
80GB harddrive formatted first with ext3, then tried ext2. no go. Want to use extra hard drive for Linux. Main drive still has windows xp.
Perhaps someone has a link to understandable error message relief?
Should mention I am new to Linux
It looks like anaconda didn't like the disk geometry which it found. I'm not familiar with the anaconda code here; but what you might want to do is the following.
1. Check the drive geometry in your BIOS, if your BIOS supports this. It's in terms of Cylinders, Heads, Sectors. That's the "C" "H" "S" reference in the last lines of anaconda's output below.
2. Try doing an installation using the entire disk, and wiping out everything on it. Perhaps SuSE left some information behind which is causing Fedora some problems? That's just speculation on my part.
3. If #2 doesn't work, try booting up under the Rescue CD, and get
to the shell. From there you should be able to use fdisk or parted to delete the partition tables.
Or you can do something like dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=1M to completely wipe out everything on your hard disk. This will probably take a very, very long time, as it's not optimized for your disk drive geometry.
"Thank you dwight1,
When checking the bios, what am I, specifically, attempting to change?
In other words, what should be a friendly geometry for Fedora?
I just re-installed SuSe 9.1 today for a comparison, funny, but now I can't get internet through the Netgear wireless card(say router).
at least you answered me and I thank you