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Old 11-11-2008, 08:30 PM   #1
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No Volume Groups Found, Fedora 9 installation


I am really new to linux and apparently this is my first post in the forum. I was installing Fedora 9 in my machine, after the

installation was completed I rebooted and the machine showed following msg and halted.

Decompressing Linux... Done.
Booting the kernel
Red Hat nash version 6.0.52 starting
Reading all physical volumes. This may take a while...
No volume groups found
Volume group "VolGroup00" not found
Unable to access resume device (/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol01)
mount: could not find filesystem '/dev/root'
setuproot: moving /dev failed: No such file or directory
setuproot: error mounting /proc: No such file or directory
setuproot: error mounting /sys: No such file or directory
Mount failed for selinuxfs on /selinux: No such file or directory
switchroot: mount failed: No such file or directory
I rescued the OS with a Live cd and after a litte bit googling I tried these commands:

#vgchange -a y /dev/VolGroup00

2 logical volume(s) in volume group "VolGroup00" now active.

#mount dev/VolGroup00

mount: can`t find dev/VolGroup00/ in /etc/fstab or /etc/mtab
I opened the /etc/fstab. But i wasn`t quite sure how should I edit this file, if I had to. Here is how it is now:

/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00  /    ext3      defaults            1 1
UUID=80fac126-d754-4d4f-a350-ee498e211ec0 /boot    ext3   defaults 1 2

tmpfs          /dev/shm        tmpfs     defaults           0 0
devpts         /dev/pts        devpts    gid=5,mode=620     0 0
sysfs          /sys            sysfs     defaults           0 0
proc           /proc           proc      defaults           0 0
/dev/VolGroup/LogVol01 swap    swap      defaults           0 0
Any help would be greatly appriciated. And as I am an absolute newbie it would be very helpful if you post your suggestions in a bit details.

Old 11-12-2008, 02:08 AM   #2
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somebody please help me out.. I am still stuck
Old 11-12-2008, 02:39 AM   #3
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is there another OS on the box like windows ? That is are you doing a duel boot.
if not this is a common error if you have sata and ide drives setup together
is the computer a named brand ( like HP or DELL) ?
How many hard drives are on the system 1,2,3,4 ?

one thing that may be helpful is from the install dvd .running in rescue mode . after you run
chroot /mnt/sysimage
is to run
fdisk -l

and post that output

if the box is a striate forward 1 drive and a dvd drive then try to reinstall using the install option , from the popup menu, to "replace all existing linux partitions "

personally i DISLIKE using LVM for this very reason , among others too .
Old 11-12-2008, 03:51 AM   #4
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Thanks for your reply.

No, there are no other OS in the machine, I am not doing a Dual Boot.
There are only SCSI Hard Drives, neither SATA nor IDE.
Actually its a Fujitsu Server (3.06 Ghz, 3GB RAM, 36X3 SCSI HDD)

Here is the output of the command #fdisk -l

Disk /dev/i2o/hda: 109.1 GB, 109156761600 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 13270 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065*512=8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000a2a92

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/i2o/hda1 * 1 25 200781 83 Linux
/dev/i2o/hda2 26 13270 106390462+ 8e Linux LVM

Disk /dev/dm-0: 106.8GB, 106803757056 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 12984 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065*512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Disk /dev/dm-0 doesn`t contain a valid partition table

Disk /dev/dm-1: 2080MB, 2080374784 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 252 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065*512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x30307800

Disk /dev/dm-1 doesn`t contain a valid partition table

Yes, while installing I did check the option "replace all existing linux partitions " , but unfortunately it didn`t work.

Please let me know if you need any other info. Thanks for helping.
Old 11-28-2008, 04:15 PM   #5
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VolGroup00 Not found

This post was helpful to me so I thought I would share the solution I came across.

When upgrading from Fedora 9 to Fedora 10, after a successful upgrade, the system failed to boot with the error VolGroup00 not found.

After a plethora of re-upgrade, and re-install attempts with different media etc, I did a fresh install of Fedora 10 64bit, but booting still hung up on not being able to find Volgroup00.

The end solution for me was after the last 10 install, boot into resucue mode, chroot, and add to /etc/sysconfig/mkinitrd "MODULES="scsi_wait_scan". (Reference on how to rebuild init: http )

Then rebuild the init file and reboot.

Hope this helps someone.

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Thanks Edward, I really appriciate your contribution.

In my case, I had a Fujitsu Server. After giving a considerable effort to solve this problem we contacted Fujitsu Corp. technical service to ask about this. They said some particular OS like Fedora 9 CAN NOT be installed in this particular server, probably for some bios setting. Then we found out that many of the old servers can not install Fedora and some other distros of linux (though new and latest servers have less problem regarding this issue). And this is not caused for Physical configuration (less memory or lower clock speed) but for Bios settings.

Later on I could install Ubuntu on the server. But it made the application installation process a lot complicated. Anyway, I will have to do this installation for a lot more times. So next time I get the problem I'll try your solution.

Btw, can you explain the editing of mkinitrd and rebuild init in a bit details ?

Old 12-12-2008, 07:55 PM   #7
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ebroo, I'm in debt to you.

For some reason, the method you specified didn't work for me, but the following did:
mkinitrd -f --with=scsi_wait_scan <old initrd> <kernel version>

I just wish I had read your post before I reinstalled (which ended in the same problem)...


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