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Old 10-19-2009, 07:20 AM   #1
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Error 15: File not Found after fresh install of Centos 5.3 with LVM

Hi All,

I have just done a reinstall of Centos 5.3 on a dedicated server (via a KVM). My partition arrangement was the default presented to me by the installer:

100Mb /dev/sda1 for /boot
460Gb /dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 for /

As you can see, I'm using LVM for everything other than /boot (I need to use LVM for an app I am testing).

On reboot, I get the following:

Booting 'CentOS (2.6.18-128.el5)'

root (hd0,0)
Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83
kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.18-128.el5 ro root=/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00

Error 15: File not found

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It looks like it can't find vmlinuz-2.6.18-128.el5 in /boot.

I have rebooted using the Centos Install Disk 1 and gone in to rescue mode. Rescue mode mounted my / under /mnt/sysimage, from there I could see that /boot had been mounted from /dev/sda1 as it should be.

However, there was no initrd.image or /vmlinuz-2.6.18-128.el5 under /boot or /boot/grub. Shouldn't the CentOS installer have created these?

Is there anyway I can recover this installation?

All help is very gratefully received.


Old 10-20-2009, 06:48 PM   #2
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You need to boot from Linux CD/DVD, chroot to /mnt/sysimage and setup grub again.

Here is link to the tutorial that should help. If it does not, google for GRUB, chroot and recovery.

Link for GRUB FAQ.
Old 10-21-2009, 01:34 AM   #3
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Check the content of /boot/grub/grub.conf, then search for those files.
As above, it's possible grub is not setup correctly.
Have a look at

fdisk -l

(lower L) to see if it matches.


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