Bootloader issues: what happens before the operating system itself starts.

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Where do these boot log entries come from and who creates them?

I'm wondering what kind of code writes these first two lines into /var/log/syslog while booting my machine: Aug 4 10:13:48 HOSTNAME kernel: imklog 5.8.11, log source = /proc/kmsg started. Aug 4 ...
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How to edit debian installer boot paramaters?

I need to edit the boot parameters of the Debian installer to add priority=critical to the arguments. (this is for preseeding). what should i do to apply these parameters to the installer.
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Unable to boot Linux Mint due to Wi-Fi adapter

I have a Lenovo Flex 2 14D notebook with AMD A8 processor and factory installed Win 8.1 OS. Recently I dual-booted it with Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon. However the boot fails all the time. I ...
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Installing a bootloader on a mac

Due to a somewhat odd requirement for a particular linux installation, with a particular software suite, I found it best to use ddrescue to populate the harddrive with the partitions and their data. ...
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Disable laptop keyboard to only use USB keyboard

I need to disable my laptop's keyboard so that keyboard can only be used via USB. I am not using X, I am on the Linux console. The solution should be able to start as early in the boot process as ...
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Grub reboots PC after showing only “Grub loading.”

I have this old computer I use for the more experimental OSes, and about a month ago I installed Gentoo on it, with GRUB2 as boot loader. Everything worked fine, but every boot it would show an error ...
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How to defend against a Live USB computer hack

A Linux installation can be simply hacked by using a live USB/CD, gaining root access on the live distro, chrooting to the target filesystem and running passwd root. One can use grub too. There may be ...
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Arch Linux Boot Halts on “Started Authorization Manager.”

I was using Arch Linux on my laptop, and during the shutdown procedures there was something making it wait and during that time my laptop ran out of batteries. Now when I try to boot it halts. This ...
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Uboot pass arguments to kernel!

How uboot can pass command line argument to kernel? I did some googling and got to know that it uses bootargs environment variable.There it was mentioned that setenv bootargs key=value.Since I am ...
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how to completely blank video output on boot (no kernel logging, grub output, etc.)

So, this is an inversion of the classic question: "Why is my terminal blank on boot?" -- How do I make my terminal blank on boot? I'm creating a Debian Wheezy system with GRUB as the boot loader that ...
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grub2: error: /vmlinuz-3.16-ucs109-amd64.efi.signed has invalid signature

I am using a derivative of Debian, called Univention Corporate Server. It's a nice appliance that I use for my home server. Yesterday I upgraded to the newest version and since then my server does not ...
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Boot to different partition after restore of operating system

Let's say I have a server with one RAID with 3 partitions: P1 - 20G OS / programs P2 - 190G Data P3 - 20G unused If I ever need to roll back P1 to a previous state, and I've restored a past ...
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Kali linux does not boot in gui

I got kali linux installed on my pc for a while but now linux will not boot in gui mode , only in text mode ( terminal ). I get no errors on booting it goes directly to the login screen . Hope you ...
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How to get the values for “set root” in menuentry while setting password for GRUB2 on CentOS 7

I need to disable single user mode on my servers running CentOS 7. I read the RedHat documentation on what goes to /etc/grub.d/40_custom and how to encrypt the password and all but one details makes ...
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Failed to start user service: unknown unit: user@0.service after grub launch

First I have to let you know that I got absolutely no knowledge about linux and need help and explaination like Im 3. So, Im on holidays and I have no live cd with me. I tried to install crome and ...
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Why my manufacturer splash screen is not showing?

I recently installed Fedora 22 on a dual-boot with Windows 8 on the other. But, since I installed it, I have had the following problem: When I press my power button to switch it on, the screen just ...
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Live USB - Tails tries to boot but ends up booting into Kali Linux

I have a bootable USB drive with Tails and Kali Linux on it, among others. Kali boots fine. However when I try to load Tails, it manages to get past the Tails loading screen but then the Kali logo ...
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Boot Debian netinst CD to RAM?

Is it possible to boot an install CD to RAM? I want to boot the CD and eject it before I proceed with the setup. And when not, where do the changes have to be made, to get a "toram" boot option?
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Grub 2 multi image boot disk boots some images but restarts on others

The issue I'm having is that my bootable usb I have only works with certain boot images, to be more specific it will boot Ubuntu desktop iso images but not Ubuntu server. If I try to boot Ubuntu ...
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how do I make a grub boot disk with multiple boot images

How do I use commands (I'm doing everything on Ubuntu) to create a bootable usb that displays a grub menu automatically when booted from, on that grub menu lists some boot images (downloaded from ...
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What is the difference between the /boot partition files and the /boot directory in root? [duplicate]

After having trouble with booting Linux after installing Windows 7 on a separate SSD, I am just wondering, what is the benefit of creating a separate /boot partition during installation? I remember ...
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An error during boot that I can not see

When I boot fedora, It shows an failure about modules and it disappears and then splash appears. I checked the /var/log/boot.log but there was no errors or failures there. Where can I find it?
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Linux fails with starting on a dualboot system after Windows update

I have Windows 7 and Kali Linux on my computer, normally I don't use windows anymore. But today I started windows and it updated itself. I am writing my thesis and all my stuff is in Linux so I really ...
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Where in the kernel /dev/kmsg gets initialized?

I'm trying to figure out at which point in the boot up process /dev/kmsg gets initialized and can thus be written. On my system the first line that occurs in dmesg is printk(KERN_INFO "Initializing ...
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Problem booting Ubuntu (or any OS), even after doing clean installs

Summary: OS (Ubuntu / Windows) installs fine, but when the time comes to restart and boot, it doesn't boot. (Gets stuck; screen blinks and I am still at boot selector). Can boot to a live ...
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How to get more info about the boot message “Waiting for /dev to be fully populated”

during the boot of my Debian I see Waiting for /dev to be fully populated and then a timeout expires, the text is rapidly scrolling and so I cannot read it; the boot process continue with no ...
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How to save a file from an initramfs emergency shell?

I can't boot because of some strange error. There is an error report file generated for me, to supposedly submit it along with a bug report, or whatever. So to help me figure out what the problem is, ...
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New-installed debian system hangs on boot (probably a hardware issue, likely USB, maybe Ethernet?)

I recently migrated an entire system from Crunchbang 11 to vanilla Debian 8.1 (in the cleanest way possible --- backed it all up, blew away the old install, reinstalled the old /home and /usr/local, ...
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Getting “No DEFAULT or UI configuration directive found” when booting from USB

I made a bootable Freya-OS USB. It works fine in my laptop. But, when I am trying to boot my desktop from the USB, it shows this error: "No DEFAULT or UI configuration directive found". Syslinux ...
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Linux Mint doesn't recognize hdd in ahci mode after kernel update

Sometimes ago after a kernel update (or more, I didn't reboot, just did sleep/resume day in day out) I finally tried to reboot and got kernel panic problem you can see at the screenshot ('VFS: cannot ...
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Full Linux Install On USB Drive - GRUB Problems

I recently bought a new laptop and decided to install Kali Linux on it. However, the laptop (an Asus Zenbook btw.) has a 128GB drive which is not very much. That is why I bought a 64GB, SanDisk, ...
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Arch Bootable drive doesn't boot

I have a usb with a live arch distro (created with the dd method in the wiki). On one computer I can override the boot and boot into arch instead of ubuntu (the only other system, in UEFI mode, if ...
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Cloned server will only boot read-only

I have cloned one of my servers that is about the to be shut down into a virtualbox machine. I used rsync for that, remembering to keep the relevant attributes etc. I also modified fstab. I have ...
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Advice Needed for Grub2 Rescue Prompt

When I boot my system, I receive the following Error Message on my screen: error: no such partition. Entering rescue mode... grub rescue> After seeing the error, I plugged in an external USB ...
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Unable to Boot After removing Old Kernels

I removed old linux-image and linux-header files to free up space in /boot. I did this first by purging them in terminal, and when I noticed some issues with how the the operating system performed, i ...
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Boot live img files in grub

I've compiled a purely 32-bit version of Android that I'm attempting to boot on a device with a 32 bit UEFI. How the heck do I configure GRUB2 to load a live img file? The image file contains the ...
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Oracle Solaris 11.2 hangs during installation

I'm in the process of installing OracleSolaris 11.2 (taken from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/solaris11/downloads/install-2245079.html) on PC with the following spec: Intel Core2 ...
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EFI dual-boot problem on HP Pavilion 15 with Windows 8 and Debian 8

Context HP Pavilion 15 Notebook, when I bought it there was Windows 8 pre-installed. Yesterday I partitioned my hard disk and I installed a fresh new Debian 8 everything fine, here's the table: ...
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After installing Kali Linux next to Windows 8.1, I can see it (using rEFInd), but it cannot boot

I have an MSI laptop that came with Windows 8.1. Originally, I wanted to get Ubuntu on it using dual boot, because I need both windows only and Linux only tools for my studies. I do not remember the ...
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how do I do a command line only boot of CentOS 7?

Can someone please explain how to trigger a command line only boot of CentOS 7 from a USB boot stick? I want to boot the terminal only and then use the normal CentOS 7 terminal to swap out the ...
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OpenIndiana installation hangs with unsupported PCIe card in

I'm trying to install OpenIndiana (taken from http://dlc.openindiana.org/isos/151a8/oi-dev-151a8-live-x86.iso or server version http://dlc.openindiana.org/isos/151a8/oi-dev-151a8-text-x86.iso) on a ...
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Load root partition on embedded linux system

I'm using a zynq-7000 SoC, running a custom petalinux build, which is on an SD card. The boot partition contains a boot.bin (the bootloaders etc) and an image (containing the kernel). The root ...
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RAID boot drive not found after mdadm upgrade

I was having trouble getting a new RAID array to assemble on startup, and before anyone responded to that post, I tried updating mdadm, but this ended up taking a very long time because of all the ...
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centos 7 dual boot with windows 8.1

How do I install CentOS 7 alongside Windows 8.1 to create a dual boot machine? I did this easily enough on a Windows 7 machine using pendrivelinux. But that approach is resulting in a failure to ...
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Boot failure: no errors, but I can't access the shell

I just installed a new RAID 1 array as /dev/md2 to a server. It mounted correctly and I was able to read/write. I edited fstab and rebooted, but was unable to ssh in. I then plugged in a keyboard and ...
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saving file to usb stick while using linux boot stick

I am using the instructions in this youtube video to install CentOS 7 on a new computer that is running Windows 8. The tutorial uses UniversalUSBInstaller from PenDriveLinux, but the installation is ...
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HDMI non responsive after boot

I have a QNAP NAS-269G with Ubuntu 12.11 Server installed on it. When I plug a monitor to it via HDMI it shows the entire boot process. Then when the log in prompt should normally show the screen goes ...
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Elementary OS - Locked Boot

Please go easy on me and assist me. I am more than willing to provide the information you require, please just give me pointers. I have built my own personal gaming computer recently and have faced ...
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SquashFS+UnionFS as root filesystem?

What's an easy way to to use a union filesystem (read-only SquashFS + R/W overlay) as /? I'm thinking of using a custom boot script as the kernel init= argument. The script would mount the SquashFS + ...
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Startup problem: invalid partition table or use UEFI BOOT

I'm working on a Dell Latitude E5430. Recently I booted pcbsd from USB using this file: PCBSD10.1.1-RELEASE-01-31-2015-x64-DVD-USB_0.iso But I guess I did something wrong. I was trying to install ...