The software that loads up the operating system or another boot-loader (chain loading).

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Why does BIOS needs to load first stage boot loader from MBR, but this is not the case with UEFI?

So the question is : Why does BIOS needs to load first stage boot loader from MBR, but this is not the case with UEFI? I guess it might be because BIOS cannot address 64 bits(as well as 32 bits) ...
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How to recover windows 8 after accidently installed Kali linux [duplicate]

I have accidently installed Kali Linux 1.0.6 from pendrive on my windows 8 PC. i can still see the icons of my installed programm on my windows 8 but cant access them. Now I want to get back my ...
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Meaning of an ampersand prefix in a device tree

I am looking at a DTS file which tries to specify different nodes, but interestingly I find a few nodes having different style of nomenclature. / { model = "TI AM335x BeagleBone Black"; ...
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UEFI installation failed Fedora 21

I have installed Windows 8.1 on my Lenovo laptop. When I configure partitions I receive this error: No valid bootloader target device found. For UEFI installation , you must include an EFI System ...
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FreeBSD bootloader won't boot from the correct pool

I've installed FreeBSD 10.1 on a system which has two ZFS pools, and which boots from an other hard disk, which contains only the bootloader. The main pool disks are connected to SATA ports on a PCI-E ...
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Fix grub v2 bootloader configuration on running debian

We have a server running Debian Wheezy. It is connected to a UPS, that's why it basically never went down for years and we never noticed that the grub v2 bootloader could not load the correct kernel ...
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How to boot kali from native usb

Last night I made a kali linux usb. Now this isn't the live usb I literally installed kali on the drive. I did this from my desktop which meant naturally I had to install the grub for my boot loader. ...
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Simple problem, Long read: How to overwrite file residing on ESP at Linux boot

First, foundation. Here is my setup: I have a 64-bit dual-boot system running Windows 7 and Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon. I use rEFInd to graphically choose which system to boot. A little bit about ...
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Decided to install ArchLinux, but faced a problem with Windows

I decided to install ArchLinux and the tutorial I found wanted to create the partitions in advance. So I made the ext4 and linux-swap partitions and saw in gParted my old friends - the Windows ...
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What is the /boot partition really for?

I'm reading a relatively old text on Linux partitions and file systems (the LPIC 1 Certification Bible). It says: Some versions of the Linux boot loaders cannot access a kernel that is outside ...
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What file system should a GRUB 2 boot partition use?

I want to install GRUB 2 to its own, comparatively small (500 MB), partition. Are there any requirements on what file system type it has to be? Are there any that, although possible, are not ...
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install grub from grub bootable cd-rom

I want to install grub from grub bootable cd-rom. I found the instruction to make grub bootable cd-rom at ...
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bootable usb creator without default bootloader

I want a program (a linux command is more preferable) to create a bootable usb drive but all the programs which I have seen have a default bootloader which they install but I want the bootloader in ...
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Windows boot option is missing after installing CentOS 7, how can I get it back?

I recently installed CentOS 7 on a machine that has been running Windows 7. I did a dual boot installation and installed CentOS in a partition. But when I boot up my machine, it only gives me two ...
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Can't boot into Windows after adding Linux as dual-boot

Okay, so I just added Linux as a dual boot and now I can't boot back into Windows. Basically, I had one hard drive which was installed with Windows 7 and booted that. I recently got a second hard ...
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BURG themes not working

Sorry if this is a duplicate question. I couldn't seem to find an answer that worked for me. I currently have Elementary OS and windows dual-booting on my laptop (Dell Inspiron N5010) So I have ...
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GRUB2 - boot Arch from grubshell [closed]

I installed Arch Linux from CD, rewriting old Fedora Core - ext3 and substituting it with ext4 Arch Linux. On /dev/sda1 WinXP (I know, old). Then, I ejected CD and rebooted. I was thinking that GRUB ...
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Tried triple boot and Windows 7 no longer boots

I had a system with 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium installed and I installed first Fedora 64-bit alongside it. Then I decided I can do triple boot and installed Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS 64-bit using manual ...
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Boot loader below 128 GB

I have some old hardware where Linux can't boot if the bootlader is over 128 GB. The problem is that I don't know exactly how those 128 GB are considered. So the first question is, are they ...
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Why is the boot sector on a Linux partition empty?

I am aware that Linux systems largely use GRUB 2 as the bootloader stored in the master boot record of a GPT hard disk. However, each partition has its own Volume Boot Record or Partition Boot Record, ...
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Use rEFInd live usb values to fix Grub2

I have a machine that runs Ubuntu14.04 as it's main OS, but also has Windows8 and Slackware on it. Booting to the Grub2 menu allows for the selection of these OSes and several other options, but only ...
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Can't boot into legacy SeaBIOS

I have a Acer CB3-111 Chromebook, and am trying to run Debian wheezy Following tutorials online, I managed to: Put machine into developer mode Enable legacy SeaBIOS (crossystem dev_boot_usb=1 ...
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Is the EFI boot loader not in MBR?

Based on this answer for detecting the boot loader I ran sudo dd if=/dev/sda bs=512 count=1 2>&1 | grep GRUB and it matched. However, I'm pretty sure I'm running Gummiboot since modifying ...
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Booting Linux OS from syslinux bootloader

I have a multiboot usb stick in /dev/sdb. The sdb1 partition contains linux distribution images and has syslinux installed on it. The second partition sdb2 has a Linux OS installed on it (Ubuntu). ...
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Filesystem for boot partition

I created a BIOS boot partition on a hard drive, using gdisk : $ sudo gdisk /dev/sdb Command (? for help): p Disk /dev/sdb: 7821312 sectors, 3.7 GiB Logical sector size: 512 bytes Disk identifier ...
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Too many problems with GRUB2; need factory reset, but cannot fresh install

An update corrupted my GRUB, so it takes extra-long to boot my computer since I have to go through the lengthier option via recovery mode. I want to back up my files on Dropbox and restore the whole ...
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Debian Jessie stuck at “Loading initial ramdisk”. UEFI mode

I managed to install Debian Jessie on a MSI G70 2PE Apache Pro that came with Windows 8. First I partitioned some space on the laptop. Then I put on the net install cd for Debian and installed it on ...
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Easy way initrd to chain loading another kernel with kexec

I have here a machine which won't boot 64-bit kernels (it has efi32 with a little bit of... uncommon firmware). Currently, my only way to boot my 64-bit linux system is: Booting a 32-bit distro ...
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Problem with dual booting Arch and windows (using syslinux)

I am trying to create a dual boot system. First I installed windows 8.1 Then I installed in a separate partition arch linux. Then I installed with the help of a guy in a greek forum syslinux giving ...
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How can I show battery percentage at u-boot?

I am checking the battery level from my sensor and able to display a static 'low battery' or 'in charging' image.How or what approach should I take to show the level of battery percentage through ...
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Ext2 filesystem for /boot partition

Is the ext2 filesystem good for /boot partition? I set ext4 for / root partition, but wasn't sure which filesystem to select for the /boot partition, and I just set ext2. Does it matter in this case?
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How to move GRUB installation to a different partition?

I have a laptop for work. I originally had Windows 7 on it then I installed Linux Mint 17 to dual boot. During my installation of Mint 17 I accidentally installed GRUB on the wrong partition (sda2). ...
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Failed to get canonical path of `/tmp/kcm-grub2-0/boot/grub'. (Grub2 Bootloader can't access Windows 8 because it is hibernated)

After playing with Grub Customizer, I restart and find there is no Win 8 entry. I go back to Linux (Netrunner OS) and try to find it on both Grub Customizer and GRUB2 Bootloader but there is no Win 8 ...
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Dualbooting Fedora and Windows 7 (EFI issues)

I've been struggling with this for a couple days now and I'm totally at a loss as to what to do. I recently purchased a new desktop (HP Envy 700-109c) and I've been trying to get my usual setup ...
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how to bootup/reboot in verbose mode?

I have Ubuntu 14.04TLS. How can I permanently change grub to switch to verbose mode on bootup/reboot so I can see the rolling text? I would like to make this change stick. Thanks!
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Can't get rEFIt to boot after install (Ubuntu + OSX on macbook pro)

I'm trying to dual boot Ubuntu and OSX on my macbook (MacBookPro8,2). As per the usual guide, I downloaded rEFIt (the .dmg) and installed it. Then I rebooted about 12 times and still always just get ...
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Install rEFInd on OS X 10.10 Yosemite

I want to dual boot my macbook with Arch Linux and thus tried to install rEFInd using the install script, however, after install rEFInd doesn't seem to start at all? Anyone experienced the same issue ...
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linux boot manager has been blocked [SOLVED] [closed]

I've just installed arch linux on a UEFI motherboard. as bootloader I installed "gummiboot". I've got the following problem, when the computer stars I recive the message: "Linux Boot Manager has been ...
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Signing GRUB bootloader

The laptop I recently bought uses UEFI. As an experiment, I think it would be really cool to generate my own keys and use them to sign my bootloader, and also to password protect the bootloader. How ...
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Recovering from 'grub rescue>' crash [closed]

Originally posted to AskUbuntu.com ... AskUbuntu has adopted a policy of closing questions about EOL (End Of Life) versions. There's a vocal contingent to remove them as well. To prevent ...
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Installed Centos 7 after Windows and can't boot into CentOS

I wanted to setup a dual boot for Windows 7 and CentOS 7 I had a Windows 7 machine with 500GB disk. I shrank the Windows partition to provide space for CentOS 7 (roughly 230GB). I created a USB ...
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Multiple Windows 7 installations from Grub

I have the following disk configuration: Disk /dev/sda: 750.2 GB, 750156374016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 91201 cylinders, total 1465149168 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes ...
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reorder GRUB to list Windows on top

I have win 7 and linux mint 14 installed. Is it possible to modify the GRUB Menu to show Windows as the first option instead of Linux, which it currently does. Mainly so that during boot it starts ...
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Mislocated bootloader is needed removed

I used to have Windows XP on my computers smaller partition but it seems the bootloader is located on the bigger one. After replacing my OS with Linux Mint, I kept being asked as to choose whether ...
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How to not install GRUB when installing Elementary OS Luna?

I'd like to install eOS Luna, but I already have Debian 7.5 installed, so don't want to install GRUB again, as the last time I did this it broke the bootloader... Is this possible? I haven't seen any ...
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LVM - failed to install bootloader

I have Mint 16 installed on an LVM system. I originally had 3 logical volumes: lvswap, lvrootone, and lvstorage, with Mint 16 installed on lvrootone. I was hoping to use this scheme to upgrade and try ...
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The Case of the Conflicting Bootloaders

A server with a 2-disk RAID array (mirrored) is serviced by a 4-port 3Ware controller. Recently it became inaccessible after a restart. At the console it asked for the runlevel. Indeed, the /etc ...
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Find bootloader

Out of curiosity, Is it possible to find out which bootloader was used to start a given system? Was the system booted by GRUB, Lilo or any other boot loader? I'm guessing there must exist some /sys ...
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Boot Crunchbang LiveCD from HDD

Is it possible to copy Crunchbang's LiveCD (or any other LiveCD) contents to a hard drive and run it from grub? Or is there any other option to start #! installer without a CD or USB stick? I have ...
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Separate /boot partition on USB

During standard Debian install i decided to go with implementing additional security factor which is /boot on separate USB key. In Debian guide I've found it is only put this way. ...