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Old 09-30-2008, 09:21 AM   #1
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Installation problem - Fedora 9 (No volume groups Found)


I am tottaly newbie :-) (So sorry for maybe stupid question)

I have installed Fedora 8 to server with SCSI Controller - Adaptec i20 (configured as RAID1 + Hotspare)

After successful installation I reboot computer and after boot proccess i can see messages something like this :

No volume Groups Found
Volume Group "VolGroup00" not found
Unable to access resume device
switchroot: mount failed No such file or directory

Can anyone help me please. I am really confused ....
Old 10-01-2008, 02:56 AM   #2
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Are you able to see the bootloader (GRUB or LILO)?

If so, there is always an option called FAILSAFE. Will it let you boot into that?

The info I need mostly is, 1, will it let you into the BASH shell at all during regular boot, and 2, if not will it let you into the BASH shell in FAILSAFE.

If you can see the shell, the first thing I want you to do is, go to /etc/fstab with your preferred shell text editor. If you don't have a favorite, use nano.

So the easiest way is type: "nano /etc/fstab" (without the quotes of course ).

Let me know what you find. I apologize if I went a bit too far in the clarifications.
Old 10-01-2008, 06:06 AM   #3
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I Can see bootloader - Grub. Than confirm my choice - boot Fedora 9 - boot processing .. and ends with error messages described in previous post.

Some notices:

When I tray to boot from LiveCD Fedora 9 - Everything is OK
When I boot Fedora "rescue mode" I am able to put commands at bash shell

Here some of my configuration files:


UUID=e088efc8-83f9-4e18-8cef-737e37e0a9dc / ext3 defaults 1 1
UUID=73202644-850f-4485-a64a-bafdccb4d121 /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
UUID=6167b880-c6c6-404e-b3ce-53f749a9eaa4 swap swap defaults 0 0


# grub.conf generated by anaconda
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that
# all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
# root (hd0,0)
# kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00
# initrd /initrd-version.img
title Fedora (2.6.25-14.fc9.i686)
root (hd0,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.25-14.fc9.i686 ro root=UUID=6433eb0f-f7e7-4d61-b002-bd7427450bf2 rhgb quiet
initrd /initrd-2.6.25-14.fc9.i686.img


Module Size Used by
sha256_generic 16000 0
aes_generic 30888 0
cbc 7168 0
dm_crypt 14980 0
crypto_blkcipher 18052 2 cbc,dm_crypt
dm_emc 8320 0
dm_round_robin 6656 0
dm_multipath 18056 2 dm_emc,dm_round_robin
dm_snapshot 18596 0
dm_mirror 26116 0
dm_zero 5632 0
dm_mod 49236 11 dm_crypt,dm_multipath,dm_snapshot,dm_mirror,dm_zero
xfs 436628 0
jfs 153128 0
reiserfs 204984 0
lock_nolock 6528 0
gfs2 330904 1 lock_nolock
msdos 10752 0
linear 8448 0
raid10 22528 0
raid456 121872 0
async_xor 7040 1 raid456
async_memcpy 6016 1 raid456
async_tx 9652 3 raid456,async_xor,async_memcpy
xor 18312 2 raid456,async_xor
raid1 22400 0
raid0 10496 0
sg 31028 0
sr_mod 17064 0
cdrom 32796 1 sr_mod
i2o_block 12172 3
pata_serverworks 10496 0
ata_generic 8964 0
aic7xxx 128932 0
pata_acpi 8192 0
scsi_transport_spi 23168 1 aic7xxx
i2o_core 33432 1 i2o_block
skge 37264 0
libata 126816 3 pata_serverworks,ata_generic,pata_acpi
ohci_hcd 22276 0
e100 33036 0
mii 8192 1 e100
ipv6 221660 10
iscsi_tcp 18820 0
libiscsi 24576 1 iscsi_tcp
scsi_transport_iscsi 28184 2 iscsi_tcp,libiscsi
scsi_mod 121204 8 sg,sr_mod,aic7xxx,scsi_transport_spi,libata,iscsi_tcp,libiscsi,scsi_transport_iscsi
ext2 59016 0
ext3 109192 2
jbd 40980 1 ext3
ext4dev 175256 0
jbd2 56356 1 ext4dev
mbcache 10116 3 ext2,ext3,ext4dev
crc16 5760 1 ext4dev
squashfs 36488 1
pcspkr 6272 0
edd 11336 0
floppy 52084 1
loop 16644 2
nfs 216660 0
lockd 57336 1 nfs
nfs_acl 6656 1 nfs
sunrpc 151412 5 nfs,lockd,nfs_acl
vfat 12672 1
fat 42784 2 msdos,vfat
cramfs 43728 0

I hope it will be usefull. Thanks for help of any kind. :-)
Old 10-02-2008, 12:59 AM   #4
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Rescue mode is what they decided to call it then, lol :P. I guess the Fedora Project wanted to be so independent from Red Hat, they thought they'd rename a few things then B-). Oh well, its all good.

Its strange how the mount points are being mounted in fstab. So your RAID 1 array is being named the VolGroup00 I am assuming.

Try this for me, go back into rescue mode, then issue a manual mount command without having to mess with the fstab file.

So what you want to do, is create a directory somewhere in the partition like /etc/test, so type "mkdir /etc/test". Then mount the volgroup to /etc/test. So type "mount /dev/VolGroup00 /etc/test". See if it mounts it or errors out. That will give me an idea of what is causing the issue.
Old 10-02-2008, 03:43 AM   #5
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"VolGroup00" isn't name of the RAID array. "VolGroup00" is logical LVM volume created during installation. I have tried to make new installation without using LVM volumes (just 3 partitions - boot "/boot", root "/" and swap). The result was very similar. Problem is for sure concerned to Adaptec RAID Controller. When I try installation on very similar machine (without RAID SCSI Controller) everything is OK.

I have tried other Linux distributions (Suse, Centos, Ubuntu) - with the same results .. :-(

PS: Sorry for my poor English :-)
Old 10-03-2008, 12:19 AM   #6
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LVM name, not RAID name, sorry about that. Thats what happens when your zoning out and trying to help resolve a linux issue, lol. :P

Is the RAID controller a PCI card? If so, does it show up when you run lspci?

It sounds like it very well could be a driver issue or related. One thing that doesn't hurt to do also is check the Linux HCL here on the site. Here is a list of all the Adaptec RAID cards:


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