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

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passing bootloader arguments to the kernel

We know that the bootloader parameters are passed to the kernel before the init process starts executing. What file in the /proc directory actually does this job?
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Repairing Bootmgr from Linux Opensuse

I have dual boot of windows8.1 and Linux Opensuse13.2 on my machine. Both OS were working fine. In an attempt to launch windows8.1 from Grub2 boot loader, I made changes to windows boot loader by ...
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Dual booting with two drives

So I need to install a microsoft product on one of my drives today sadly. My current setup is so that I have a SSD which has Linux on it. And a 1 TB HDD which just extends my Videos and Documents ...
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Dual boot Opensuse13.2 and windows8.1 boot loader

I installed Opensuse13.2 using dual boot on my system that originally had windows 8.1. If I was using UEFI boot option then my computer automatically logged onto the windows OS. So I was using ...
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How come my Grub isn't initialised at the boot?

I am a new linux user so apologies in advance for any dumb things. I dual booted Kali next to Windows7 and after a succesfull install I rebooted to not find an option to use Kali instead of Win7 in ...
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How to move the bootloader from a hard drive to a usb stick

I've decided to move my Debian bootloader and /boot from the hard drive to a USB stick. I'm using LUKS to en/decrypt my hard drive and the bootloader is the only unencrypted partition. How can I ...
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Does the speed of a USB bootloader matter?

What I am trying to do Create an encrypted arch linux setup using LUKS. Bootloader must be on USB. QUESTION Does the speed of USB-device matter? Does the system contiously use the bootloader to ...
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How do you find out which boot loader your using in damn small linux distribution

Im trying to figure out which boot loader my damn small linux distribution is using which can be either LILO or GRUB. This list all the installed packages http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/packages.html ...
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How do I find/change where GRUB 2 gets installed on a rewrite, on Debian Wheezy?

I have a Debian Wheezy system. On a recent upgrade, I got an error message from GRUB telling me that embedding was not supported for ext2 file systems (huh? Never seen that one before.) and after a ...
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Is it possible to use u-boot or redboot to boot a linux (minimal ubuntu) image on x86_64?

I am reading conflicting information about if this is possible or if it is a bad idea. I have used u-boot with Pandaboard but obviously this isn't x86_64 architecture. I have not seen any examples ...
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how can i assemble my components (kernel, initramfs, rootfs) into a single bootable image?

I have created a compressed rootfs, kernel, and initramfs. I have a syslinux configuration that boots my rootfs/kernel to RAM. It works. However, I'd like to have something like image1 which ...
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Restore windows boot manager in grub command line

So I installed GRUB2 and Ubuntu 14.10 alongside Windwos 8.1. I am on an Acer laptop, which does not have a cd drive. I deleted the Ubuntu partition in windows 8.1 through the integrated disk manager, ...
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Laptop boots directly to Ubuntu, can't access BIOS or Boot menu anymore

I'm running Laptop with single OS: UbuntuMATE 15.04 Beta1 64bit on Toshiba laptop Core i3. After burning "Elementary OS" on a live USB drive using UNetbootin, what happened is: -After reboot, laptop ...
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Grub2 don't see my second HDD

When the new distro is installed it makes grub2 boot menu, but it does not consider my second HDD where I have Windows7. So I tried to edit grubs cfg file but with no success. Also tried to insert ...
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Unable to start ubuntu after installing updates - Stuck at 'Try (hd0,0)'

I've installed Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS on the same hard drive as my Windows 8.1 OS, on its own partition. The installation went without any hickups. After that I used EasyBCD on my windows system to ...
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U-Boot Bootup error

I'm running a Debian Linux on a Cubietruck, running off a SD card. When I power on, I get the following error: Booting kernel from Legacy Image at 46000000 ... ...
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Install Linux on Chromebook with failed TPM module?

I have a Samsung XE303C12 Chromebook which apparently has a failed TPM module. It won't boot into ChromeOS, and when I try to recover the OS, I'm told that an error has occurred. I hit Tab and the ...
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Booting Linux from RAM

I want to find a cross-distro solution for setting linux up to boot from RAM. What this involves in essence would be copying an existing installation of linux one way or another over to the RAM (to ...
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can I use vmlinux instead of vmlinuz with GRUB2 (Fedora)?

Can I use vmlinux instead of vmlinuz with GRUB2 (Fedora)? I've seen this: Can vmlinux be used instead of uImage? but it speaks of U-Boot, not GRUB2.
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Changing hard disk configuration without reinstall

I have been using Arch Linux since 2013 and I love it The major reason I tried Arch was that it let me install with / on a RAID-0 partition. My laptop has 2 hard drive bays and I had 2 SSDs There ...
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How to Overwrite Linux Mint 13 with 17.1 with Windows 8.1 dualboot?

I have recently been given a disk from my friend to install Linux Mint and have installed it to dual boot with my Windows 8.1. The version he gave me was version 13 (maya). I want to overwrite this ...
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System Boot Order not found (Secure boot is not enabled)

I have this problem http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=299306. Although this thread is not mine, I experience this problem in familiar way. Also when I put live CD, it cannot boot from the ...
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Multiple boot: Windows-10 along Linux?

On a computer running for the long term Linux Mint 17 Xfce (ubuntu 14.04) along Windows 7 I have created another two separate partitions with the purpose of installing for the short term other systems ...
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Can Grub2 multi-boot LUKS/LVM distros with only one boot partition?

There are many tutorials on the internet for multi-booting unencrypted distros using a single boot partition and chainloading. For example, booting 145 OSes. Likewise, there are tutorials for ...
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How to write a program which can run on a computer without a operating system? [closed]

If there is a computer without operating system, then we can install one on it using a floppy disc or usb stick. While the computer is booting, we push F11 or some other button, then the computer ...
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CentOS rescue mode

After a power outage somehow my server is not finding the boot partition anymore. As far as I read about recovering a CentOS 6.4 I just need to pick "Rescue installed system" option from the boot ...
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Why does BIOS needs to load first stage boot loader from MBR, but this is not the case with UEFI?

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) memory while UEFI has ...
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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). ...