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Old 12-14-2005, 11:30 PM   #1
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probe_partition_for_geom() failed proglem in fc3?

Hi to all,
this is Raju.
First I've installed Windows 2000 Professional.
Now I am attempting to install Fedora Core 3 on a dual boot machine, it is giving the following bugs

The first Bug stated this:
Assertion (heads>0) at dis_dos.c:485 in function probe_partition_for_geom() failed.

The second Bug stated this:
Assertion (sectors<63) at disk_dos.c:490 in function probe_partition_for_geom() failed.

Can anyone offer any advice as to why I'm getting these 2 bugs?
and how can i remove the error.
Please help me out .

Thanks to all.

Old 12-15-2005, 01:16 AM   #2
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Your problem is likely related to a bug in the Anaconda installer, which is used to install RedHat/Fedora.

The FC3 “Assertion...function probe_partition_for_geom() failed” problem is usually “fixed” by downloading an update for the installer and then either transferring the update image to a floppy for use during a CD-based installation or transferring the update image to the NFS folder containing the CD iso images used for NFS-based installations (i.e., boot: linux askmethod).

One of the early Buzilla reports on this problem is here: (see comments 2 and 62).

I once explained how to use the update image in detail in post #4 here:

The link for downloading rawrite.exe is dead, but Googling “rawrite.exe download” gives several sites you can download it from, the first of which was:

Or you can go directly to the download here:


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