Ubuntu Installation :: Grub Error 15: File Not Found
Nov 2, 2010
Have a Dell Inspiron 4100 laptop. 1GB RAM and 1 Ghz processor. Has a working install of Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.4 OEL uses Grub version 0.97 My OEL install works well and I do not want to make any changes to it such as upogarding GRUB to a later version etc.
I have installed Xubuntu mini and this completed without a problem.
I have a single hard drive.
I went into OEL and mounted the Xubuntu root drive so I could see the /boot/grub/menu.lst file.
I copied the entries for the main xbuntu kernel etc and pasted them into my OEL grub.conf.
My problem now is: After booting my laptop, Ubuntu doesn't load and i'm stuck in a GRUB command prompt and not sure what to do. If i type "boot" I get "error: no loaded kernel"Here is how I got there:1. I ran 9.1 healthily until I was prompted to do an upgrade. I ran the upgrade but some packages weren't authenticated so I ran a partial upgrade. 2. I reboot but I'm faced with "Error 15: File not found". After some research and going through the forums, I thought I found the solution by following these instructions to copy the GRUB files from the Live CD (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Gr...0from%20LiveCD)3. Once I completed this, I'm now stuck at a grub> prompt when rebooting (the error 15 has disappeared). (the screen header informs me i'm dealing with "GNU GRUB version 1.98-1ubuntu5"Any thoughts on what I might have done wrong? From my reading today, I might have installed GRUB2 (even though Grub legacy would have been appropriate?). What is the best way out?
I've had my Ubuntu crash and had to reload it. I;ve reloaded 9.1 and am now getting the error
GRUB loading. error: file not found grub rescue>
I have tried a number of solution attempts I've found on the internet with no success.
I have Windows 7 also loaded however I'm not getting a Grub menu only the error above. I seem to have a number of Linux partitions I believe my correct one is on sda7. I had at one stage tried to have a boot partition on sda4.
After upgrading to 10.04 from 9.10 Win7 wouldn't startup any more. So I tried this HowTo: [URL] to restore Grub2. But now each time I boot up I get this two lines: error file not found grub rescue> I have NO idea what to do.
Ubuntu 9.10 was set up to handle the booting selection - previously I thought it was xp but Ubuntu 9.10 "did" it. The system started out as a xp / ubuntu 9.10 dual boot on a 400gb drive. xp has 210gb, ub has 80 and their is a 100gb shared storage. Xp was installed first and then I followed a guide over at linuxconfig.org to get ub installed so that I could select which OS was wanted at boot. Ubuntu manages the boot up menu (Went back to look at my notes from the original setup) The owner tried to update to ub 11.04 and afterall was said and done the machine now boots to the message
error file not found grub rescue I can't say if 11.04 was properly installed or not. Ask whatever you like and I'll give the best answer I can. I think the xp install is okay but I can't say for certain as I don't know how to boot it outside the bootmanager at startup. Data has been saved so if I have to blow it all away and start over I can but I'm hoping I won't have to.
I have been using various versions of Ubuntu for many years. I love it and I want to stay with it. Now I need help more than ever. So basicly I've searched through forums and other sites which seem to have had the same problem I am having.
However, I've tried all the "fixes" and nothing works at all at this point.
Here is what I have tried so far: [url] and every suggestion here: [url]
When I put in "sudo fdisk -l" I get this:
So after trying the suggestions in the above links I would restart and still get: "error: file not found. Grub rescue>"
I am trying to install it from a usb to an external hd. I installed Ubuntu 8.4 on the same hd before and it worked fine however I need one of the newer versions to use the programs I need. I've been at this for hours and maybe I am just missing something simple.
Been trying to solve this using Google for a while. Well, I recently did: sudo apt-get dist-upgrade. Now, whenever I boot up I get "Error #15: File not found."From what I've gathered, something is wrong with my menu.lstI've tried several things to fix this, but I can't figure it out.
I just (basically) completely uninstalled my OS by accident. In synaptic package manager I selected to completely remove volume control (which had been going haywire for god knows what reason) with intent to immediately reinstall. I didn't put 2 and 2 together when it said it'd remove all related files including the kernel... hal... restricted drivers... everything got uninstalled. Network manager crashed...
I decided to try my luck with restarting (what was left) of the system. Now I'm looking at a boot screen of: loading grub... error 15: file not found.
Did I have to just make a boot disc and reinstall the os? or can I just "put the pieces back together" as it were and reinstall with a 'sudo aptitude update' once I get network up again?
I have two partitions installed on my computer, Ubuntu 10.04 (part. sda2) and Windows XP (part. sda1). When I restart my computer I get this message: error: file not found grub rescue>
I thought this must be a grub error, so I booteda Super Grub disk (v 0.9799). Then I tried to fix grub with the Super Grub disk, but I got this message: Error 15: File not found Booting 'not lucky' pause SGD has NOT succeeded SGD has NOT succeeded
I then booted the system using an Ubuntu live CD, version 10.04.I tried to repair the sda2 Ubuntu partition. At a terminal prompt I ran [code] sudo e2fsck -f -y -v /dev/sda2. This did not work. It ended with "e2fsck aborted". I could not repair the Ubuntu partition, I tried to open the sda2 partition by running the terminal command [code] sudo mount /dev/sda2 /mnt. I received the following message:
mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sda2 missing codepage or helper program, or other error In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try dmesg | tail or so
Using the ntfs-config program, I can easily mount the Windows XP partition (sda1). It mounts and I can read or write the files on the Windows XP partition. So at least Windows XP is not damaged. I downloaded and ran the boot info script, and here are the results:
Code: Boot Info Script 0.55 dated February 15th, 2010 => Grub 2 is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks on the same drive in partition #2 for /boot/grub .....
I am using Ubuntu 10.10 dual booted with windows vista. My boot is in a separate partition (sda5). My computer told me that there was limited space on that partition so I tried to clean things up using apt-get by removing old kernels. Turns out I didn't do it correctly because I consistently get an 'ERROR 15' when I shut down and rebooted my computer. I have a live-CD USB-stick so I tried reinstalling grub, (grub-install) updating the menu.lst (update-grub), and manually going through menu.lst and changing to root=(hd0,4) and groot=/dev/sda6. But I still get this ERROR 15 when I reboot.
when I do sudo grub find /boot/grub/stage1 find /boot/stage1
Both give me an ERROR 15 message and I'm not sure how to proceed with a diagnosis. When I ran update-grub, occasionally it used to tell me that /etc/fstab may be incorrect. Here is /boot/grub (note that stage 1 does exist!) ( this is /dev/sda5)
I am unable to get a knoppix poor mans install to boot using grub and opensuse 11.3. I have tried the same method on another box, same opensuse 11.3 and it boots fine. However, no matter what partition I put the knoppix files in on the problem box, it is the same error. I also have several opensuse kernels listed in the grub menu that were added when the kernel was updated, so the knoppix grub entry is off the screen. I have to down arrow to list the knoppix entry. I read that with this kind of error using ubunto as the host system, that running update-grub will force grub to look for bootable kernels and add it to the menu of boot choices. Does the same fix apply to opensuse 11.3? I have two versions of puppy linux working on this box as a poor mans install, so I am at a loss why it will not see the knoppix kernel. Can it be a problem of too many kernels listed in the menu.lst file? This box is a live update from opensuse 11.0.
I have a new installation. I try to boot and instead of my grub menu, I get "error: file not found" and am dropped into the rescue prompt. I have just a standard "Desktop" installation. I installed from the 5.05 net install cd. I installed grub to the MBR.
partitions are: hd0,2 is / hd0,5 is swap entering the "set" command results in: prefix=(hd0,2)/boot/grub root=hd0,2 [Code]...
I did the Synaptic Upgrade to Maverick Meerkat 10.10 on my laptop. Win 7 on one of two separate hard drives, and Ubuntu on the other. I kept all the previous configurations the same when the software asked the question about changing to the new formats. On boot up the laptop went right into "grub rescue >".
I located the partitions and found the Ubuntu partition on (hd1,1).
I set the prefix and root which now show:
I am not sure what Modules to Load, because I can not find any references to them in my big Ubuntu Book.
I tried "insmod /boot/grub/linux.mod", but it returns "error 'grub-xputs' not found".
When using the "initrd" command, it responds "unknown command". Trying to exit Grub 2 with "normal" also yields an "unknown command".The command "exit", "help", and "linux" returns an "unknown command".
The hold up seems to be that pesky 'grub-xputs'. I can not find out what it is.
Is there a list somewhere of Grub 2 Commands?
I had a similar problem upgrading from 9.10 to 10.04 last April. I was able to reload grub and get the laptop operating normally. This time I am unable to get the laptop out of grub rescue.
I just (for the first time ever) installed a version of Ubuntu. It is 10.04. I installed off of the Live Disk. I was having a great time until the first time I went to boot into it and I got the message "Error: No such device: "long number" Grub Rescue> "
Just before the computer boots into the grub menu, I noticed a message on the prompt saying that a file was not found. I had reinstalled Ubuntu 10.04 prior to this. Maybe the grub was not configured properly but I don't know how to fix or find the missing file. I also noticed that I don't have /boot/grub/grub.cfg.
I am reading spc456's thread with the same subject line and trying to work through the thread with suggestions by drs305.
My situation is very similar. It started with a sudden Windows boot problem (still my primary OS):
This was only if I selected Windows from the boot menu. I thought I could cure it with the Windows-7 Repair Disk from neosmart.net. This appears to have wiped my Boot partition completely and now I can't boot anything. (I'm using the Ubuntu 10.10 live as I type this.)
I downloaded boot_info_script055.sh and here are the RESULTS but I don't know what needle to look for in that haystack.
Boot Info Summary:
Well, I see why the Windows boot didn't show up. Looks like 30-OS_prober was failing to find the Windows boot record, which makes sense if the whole blessed (ahem) boot partition has been hosed.
I tried to follow the grub-install instructions:
But since grub2 is obviously not going to find the Windows boot record, I will continue with drs305's.
No, I have not mounted /dev. Where would I do that? Against which FS?
In any case, I am now printing the article "How to restore the Ubuntu/XP/Vista/7 bootloader" to see if I can get that going.
To my dismay, I discovered that the disk supplied with my Dell machine is NOT a Windows Installation disk, so no straightforward "fixmbr" command will be possible at this time.
I'll let y'all know how I have fared with this. I am sceptical because it's not merely the master boot record that has gotten corrupted but the whole blessed (have I used that adjective already?) boot partition.
I just got a new computer that has Windows 7 Ultimate, and I want to install Ubuntu to a partition that I created. I want to be able to re-add my Windows 7 to the GRUB, without erasing either of my operating systems. I have seen people that changed the menu.lst file, but got the BOOTMGR not found error. Will I get this problem? My computer came with one drive split in two partitions, WIN7 and DATA. I took 150GB out of the DATA partition to make a new one called Linux. So, how would I put Windows 7 in GRUB, but not erase eithr operating system, and will I get the BOOTMGR not found error?
I have had it with the frustration of trying to figure out how to successfully install grub on my own, so I am hitting the forums. What can you tell me about installing grub/grub2 (whichever is best -- I want something that works) to my single hard drive computer. Operating systems: Windows XP, xUbuntu 9.10 Hard drive: Samsung SATA 2, 1 TB Desired result: Menu that loads upon boot so that I can select which OS I would like to load without inserting media device or disk.
I thought this individual had the most straight forward and thorough tutorial (of any I have seen) on the subject but precluded at least one thing for me that I cannot afford to ignore: I don't seem to have a "stage1" that can be loaded by the grub shell. Trying to find it in /boot/grub/stage1 in the grub shell, I get... "Error 15: File not found" What I do have in that directory is 'grubenv'. When I boot up, it loads grub, but it comes up with an error message saying, "File not found". Then, all I get is the 'grub rescue' prompt: "grub rescue>".
Obviously, after spending hours on this thing, this is not the whole story. But there have been so many attempts to try fix it with one thing or another, that I cannot easily relate them all, if I could even remember each one.
Just installed ubuntu using a usb card. The installation was successful, but now there is a grub error 15 "file not found" on startup.The computer has two hard drives, and here is the output from fdisk -l.
Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160000000000 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19452 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Iv been using ubuntu on my laptop for just over a year now and thought it about time my desktop got the same. I cant get rid of the vista section of the disk because of things i have on there so a friend gave me a spare 80gb hard drive to have a play with it and go from there. So first of all installed unbuntu 10.10 on the hard drive alls fine i can boot into both vista and ubuntu, i then want to install backtrack 4, so i booted the backtrack disc and off we went, i split the 80gb hard drive in two and installed backtrack to one section, now i cant boot to anything other than backtrack. I got an option for ubuntu although this does look different now (showing up as 'ubuntu, with linux 2.6.35-22-generic-pae') when i go to this option i get the message "error 15:file not found" I also have the option for other operating system, i get this message when i choose this option "error 11: Unrecognized device string"
I'd like to install Ubuntu 10.10 in my laptop. So, I downloaded the iso file and burned into CD. I'd like to install into D drive since I use Windows Vista in C drive.
Below is the specification of my laptop. Mobile AMD processor 2 G HZ, 1G RAM 32-bit Windows Vista Home basic Harddisk C : 46 G (18giga free), D : 10 G (10giga free) How can I make partition and where should I start with, either Beginning or End of existing partition? SWAP? I watched a few videos but stlll can't grasp clearly how to do. I tried to boot w/ Live CD. But I didn't see the 4 different options: Try out without installing, Memory test, Ubuntu Disk test, Install Ubuntu, and Booting w/ harddisk. I had only 2 options; Try out w/o installing, Installing. Why is it so?
In addition, while booting w/ Live CD, I saw a message as following: Error: b43.../firmware file not found.. something like this.. it was too fast to catch! However, I went on and show its desktop screen. May I not be able to install in my laptop? Does my laptop have any faulty disk or memory? I wonder. Finally, I use Wireless connection in the library so when I boot with Live CD, then internet is disconnected. Should I need to be connected before installing?
i have a dual boot system set up right now through wubi. the installation went fine. but then i tried to upgrade ubuntu from 10.04.2 to 10.10. the update went fine, no errors. but afterwards when i restarted my computer and selected ubuntu, it said "error: file not found" it didn't even get to grub. this has happened numerous of times trying to upgrade in the past.
p.s: i have vista installed as the other side of the dual boot.