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

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Install to usb drive

I'm thinking about to install Debian Wheezy or CentOs 6.5 (not the live version) on an USB drive. I think this shouldn't be a problem as long as my computer can boot from USB. But will this work ...
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Errors after creating partitions during Fedora 20 installation

I made drives like this : / 10GB /home 37GB swap 8GB but there is an error : you have not created a bootloader stage1 target device. you have not created a bootable ...
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Unable to boot Linux / Windows as there are no boot entries in the BIOS

I have Asus N56D laptop with Windows 8 pre-installed in EFI mode. I installed Linux Mint 15 dual boot and got it working with the Boot-Repair utility. Everything was going fine until I decided to ...
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Boot partiotionless disk with syslinux

A file system can be configured to span a complete disk, omitting any partition table. Notice intentionally the command to do so does not use /dev/sda1 but the raw, unpartitioned device instead. ...
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Debian 7 - Startx fails to start system

When I boot into the second primary boot loader, I get to the text based console to boot when I type 'startx'. The screen loads, and goes black for 10 seconds. Then when it loads a white screen ...
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CentOS boot time screen resolution

I'm trying to set the screen resolution in /etc/grub.conf using vga= on the kernel line: vga=788 I'm using CentOS 6.4. That command should set the screen resolution to 16bit 800x600 according to ...
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CentOS 6.4 Kickstart bootloader problem

I am installing CentOS 6.4 via a kick start file that looks like this in my build: # install the bootloader (GRUB) bootloader --location=mbr --driveorder=sda --append="crashkernel=auto" After the ...
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Restoring EFI System Partition? [closed]

Recently I have installed Fedora 19 under EFI boot method, but I found it unable to boot because of graphic cards and stuff. Then I decided to uninstall it. I have Fedora in a different partition so ...
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Elementary OS dual boot with Windows 7

I just deleted a partition from my RAID 0 2x HDD, installed Elementary OS from a SD card USB adaptor (while doing it, I created a Root, a Home and a Swap partition) but I never saw the bootloader when ...
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Can I safely delete the Ubuntu 12.04 partition and use the unallocated space for my Elementary OS?

I have this setup: I've decided to switch to Elementary OS Luna (fork of Ubuntu 12.04) as my main Linux distro. Now I need to delete my Ubuntu partition so I could add capacity to my eOS which only ...
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Make a USB drive bootable for Windows 7 setup

What is the equivalent of bootsect command available in Windows, on a *nix system? Usage: In order to make a USB drive bootable for Windows 7 setup I have to boot-up VMWare and run bootsect.exe ...
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Installed CentOS, Now There is No Windows 8 Options on Restart

I bought a new PC with Windows 8 and wanted to dual-boot linux. I shrank the partition by 50GB in windows, then installed CentOS from a live CD. CentOS is working fine, but I can't boot into ...
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Making a bootable pendrive for custom kernel

I read the tutorials to make a mimalistic custom kernel from here and am able to boot it up as explained in the tutorial over a virtual machine using GRUB as the boot loader. I think it would be more ...
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Arch Linux install doesn't boot

I've got Arch Linux mostly installed, and I seem to have installed GRUB with no problem. My partition table looks like this: cgdisk 0.8.7 Disk ...
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Problems with booting with Kubuntu 13.04 / Windows 7 Dual boot

So I've had Kubuntu running on my Lenovo laptop as the only operating system for most of the summer. Earlier this week, I decided to shrink the home partition in order to add a Windows 7 partition. ...
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Asus G750JH with pre-installed Windows 8 - I want to dual boot ArchLinux

I have a new Asus G759JH laptop and it has Windows 8 installed on it. I have resized and fixed the partitions in a way I thought would work (now, I'm not sure that what I've done is actually going to ...
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How can you configure a system to be bootable from most modern systems?

How can a Linux system be installed on a portable storage medium so that both BIOS systems (e.g. a ThinkPad) and EFI systems (e.g. a Mac Mini) can boot to it? The reason I ask is because I tried ...
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How do I remove the timeout in the boot menu

I am a beginner to Linux so I installed several operating systems on my computer in a multiboot configuration (Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Windows, ...). When I turn on my PC, the boot menu appears with a ...
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Arch Linux Live USB no longer booting UEFI

My Lenovo laptop is running Arch Linux with a UEFI GPT partition table. One day I powered up my laptop, but couldn't get passed the Lenovo boot screen. I used a USB stick to boot up and reinstall ...
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Stuck on installing grub to a usb stick (unknown filesystem/no such partition)

I just spend all day on trying to get my system to boot again, I'm getting a bit desperate...snif. The setup is as follows: a debian installed in a luks encrypted usb hard disk with lvm volumes for ...
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How do I backup my partition table?

I just bought a new laptop with Windows 8 preloaded but without an actual Windows disk. I would obliterate the whole thing, but I need to use Visual Studio for one of my classes and the most recent ...
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Dual boot Windows 7 and Arch Linux

I have a Vaio notebook with Windows 7 64 bit. I want to dual boot it with Arch Linux. I have three primary partitions: Recovery, System reserved (Active and Boot) and the Windows C: drive. I have ...
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How can I chainload GRUB from syslinux?

Due to the current state of my setup, I want to make Syslinux which is my main bootloader to chainload GRUB2. Google brings up plenty of info on how to chainload Syslinux from GRUB2, but nothing ...
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How do I use the TPM to seal away data on an UEFI booted system?

I would like to seal away files on my system using keys stored in the TPM. Since my system uses UEFI to boot, I can no longer use TrustedGrub as a boot loader to maintain my trust chain. Are there any ...
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grub-install --no-floppy /dev/sda fails (Funtoo)

I am trying out Funtoo on a new machine. I've been through the installation process, as described in Funtoo Linux Installation . Specifically, the installation is done from within an existing Linux ...
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Install Kali Linux on RAID0 (as dual boot Windows 7 & Kali)

I’m currently trying to install Kali Linux on my laptop as described here. The problem is I’ve a laptop (MSI GT70) with a Raid 0 (2x 500Gb) and Windows 7 installed on it. At the point where I’ve to ...
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Theoretical possibilities for cpu emulation built into boot-loader or kernel?

Is it a crazy idea to somehow make a blend of grub and qemu in order to boot linux kernels or any kernel of any cpu type supported by qemu or the built-in cpu? I know it might be impossible to detach ...
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Moving compiled assembly code to the boot sector of a USB device

I have written a simple operating system and I am trying to test it. I have VirtualBox installed and an eight GB flash drive, so I thought I would just use those. I am not sure how to make the USB ...
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Can't boot after installing FreeBSD in VMware Workstation

I'm trying to install FreeBSD 9.1-i386 in VMware Workstation. I'm following the guide in the manual on freebsd.org to do this. When I come to the partitioning part I use the guided setting and it ...
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File system CRC check

I know that before running the kernel, u-boot (the boot loader) will check the kernel image CRC. Only if it is correct it will go further, else it will give a "Bad CRC" error. I want to do same thing ...
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Does the vmlinux header contain the length of the kernel image?

I am trying to disassemble a compound file that consists of several parts, one of which is an uncompressed kernel sandwiched between several other files. I am trying to find the exact length of the ...
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Question About Bootloader Partition (Mint)

I have a quick question that I ran across while trying to install Linux Mint along with Windows 8 on my computer. I'm pretty new to Linux stuff so I'm sorry if this is pretty obvious. I'm mainly ...
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Can not mount drive after installing windows vista

I have searched for weeks now and have not found an answer to my question. Hopefully you guys can give me a push in the right direction :) Ok, here is what happened: I have linux mint on a 1.5 TB ...
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How to access u boot environment from linux?

How can I access and change the u-Boot env variables in linux. Using the u-boot/tools/env directory in u boot directory: u-boot$ make env Which created the executable file fw_printenv. I copied ...
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Running one OS per core

I'm interested in using a COTS board like the Wandboard for a project. On one hand I'd like to use something like Ubuntu for user interaction, sounds, TCP/IP stuff, etc. But I also need an RTOS like ...
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Can the grub2 bootloader replace Windows bootloader partition?

I'm dual-booting Windows and Kali Linux on my laptop, using GRUB 2 as the bootloader. Can I remove the partition Windows 7 creates for the bootloader? It is the 100 MB partition labeled "System ...
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How can I configure grub (or a different bootloader) to use modifier keys?

To clarify, I am wanting to dual boot Windows and a Linux distribution. I already know how to set my laptop up to do that. However, I don't want the grub menu to display on boot. I would like for it ...
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Manually copying MBR from one drive to the other GPT drive and configuring GRUB results in booting failure

I run CentOS 6.4. I have SSD 300GB for system files and RAID10 8TB for storage + backup. SSD system drive is partitioned as follows: fdisk -l /dev/sdb Disk /dev/sdb: 300.1 GB, 300069052416 bytes 255 ...
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How to boot on Fedora 18 (Grub2)

I have Fedora 18 and Windows 7 on my laptop. I had grub2 bootloader and the default is been set to windows 7. After I turn on my laptop it just automatically boots into windows 7. Now I want to set ...
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what's the best way to chainload this

I have two disks. One contains windows and is a SATA-drive. The other one contains Foresight Linux and is a IDE-drive. Now I have installed extlinux as the bootloader for Foresight Linux. Now I ...
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Where to find the VBR on the /dev/sda1 partition?

I have one built-in hard disk /dev/sda which looks like this: Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders, total 312581808 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * ...
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How to dual boot Linux and Windows from small boot drive?

I am a Linux newbie, and I am trying to dual boot Linux Mint with Windows 7. Right now, Windows 7 boots from a small SSD, which has little extra room on it. Is there a way to set up a dual boot where ...
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Grub with two hard drives

I am trying to install Mint14 on my machine having two hard drives : Samsung SSD PM830 SATA : 128 Gb ( sda ) - Windows 7 (i want to keep this) ST9500423AS ATA : 500 Gb ( sdb ) - ...
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How does kernel swapping / INT 13h interrupts work?

I'm looking for a way to learn about and understand this technique. Here's what I'm talking about: Slax boots, {does stuff, like copy itself to RAM}, then transitions control to the kernel/file ...
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Initrd : Were can I found the code for real-root-dev

I'm trying to customize my initrd on kernel 2.4. At some point, inside the file linuxrc, I have the opportunity to set my root device setting the /proc/sys/kernel/real-root-dev variable The example ...
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“error setting up gummiboot-efi” on Archboot UEFI install

I recently purchased an Aspire XC600, but am having trouble installing Arch. I haven't installed on UEFI before. I want Arch as the only OS on the disk. I wrote the Archboot x86_64 image to a USB ...
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Boot - How does unix or linux boot? [closed]

How does the linux bootup process work? What is the file that is executed by the machine first to initialize all files and folders, like android, android use manifest for initializing?
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Installing GRUB from scratch

I am trying to make a scratch linux installation on a PC board that has an x86 processor running on it. It also has a compact flash drive on it to which I have copied my compiled kernel image. The ...
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How is a Linux kernel capable of accessing its assigned initramfs/initrd?

I'm trying to understand the boot process of a machine as a whole from the time you hit the power button. There's this one piece from bootloader to initramfs stage I don't quite understand among some ...
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Which Bootloader is Used on a Chromebook?

I installed ChrUbuntu on an Acer C7 Chromebook, and I am able to dual boot Ubuntu 12.04 and ChromeOS and to control which OS loads by default. I tried to edit the /etc/default/grub file and did run ...