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The Grub is not booting with " No Active Partitions" Error (Doc ID 2430197.1)

Last updated on MAY 22, 2020

Applies to:

Linux OS - Version Oracle Linux 6.0 and later
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Version N/A and later
Linux x86-64


After rebooting the server, the OS fails to boot with the following error message:
"No Active Partitions"

e.g. The following output is seen:

Devices in the process of spinning up!
LSI Corporation MPT2 boot ROM successfully installed!
IBIOS(C)2009 American Megatrends, Inc.
BIOS Date: 02/11/18 10:33:25 Ver: 08.00.16
Sun BIOS Revision:
Sun Fire X4170 M2 Server
CPU Power (TDP Limit) = 95 Watts
Product Serial Number:1050FMM062
CPU : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU X5670 @ 2.93GHz
Speed : 2.93 GHz Count : 24

Press F2 to run Setup (CTRL+E on Serial Console)

Press F12 if you want to boot from the network (CTRL+N on Serial Console)
Press F8 for BBS POPUP (CTRL+P on Serial Console)
QPI Operational Speed at : 6.4GT/s
BMC Firmware Revision: r123801
Initializing USB Controllers .. Done.
147448MB OK
USB Device(s): USB Mass StoragHiSpeed*
01 USB mass storage devices found and configu
BMC Responding
Checking NVRAM..
Sun Fire X4170 M2 Server CPU Power (TDP Limit) = 95 Watts
Product Serial

No active partition <<<<<<<<<<<<<<

GNU GRUB version 0.97 (613K lower / 2087424K upper memory)
Minimal BASH-like line editing is supported. For the first word, TAB
lists possible command completions. Anywhere else TAB lists the possible
completions of a device/filename.

grub> root
Possible commands are: root rootnoverify
Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0x0
grub> root (hd0,0)
Error 22: No such partition
grub> root (hd2,0)
Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0xfd
grub> kernel
Error 1: Filename must be either an absolute pathname or blocklist
grub> kernel /vmlinuz-3.8.13-118.21.4.el6uek.x86_64 ro root=/dev/mapper

However, if the kernel and vmlinuz are specified manually in GRUB MENU, the system will boot normally without error.



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