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

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How to beat GRUB2 into submission?

I have tried GRUB2 on different Ubuntu releases (12.04 and 13.04) on several machines and no matter what I do I can't get it to behave. It seems like a great idea (abstracting away configuration files ...
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Making a real universal bootable Arch pen drive

I've followed this article, and been able to get a fully working 32-bit installation on a Kingston DataTraveler 8GB pen drive, with a BIOS boot partition, and a home/root ext4 file system without ...
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How to remove or shorten F1 Boot Prompt on NanoBSD 4G USB disk that fail with “fdisk: /boot/mbr: Device not configured”?

I have read the pfSense documentation Remove F1 Boot Prompt, however that doesn't seem to apply to our pfSense-2.1.1-PRERELEASE-4g-amd64-nanobsd_vga-20140131-1030.img installation. The fdisk -B da0 ...
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Kernel Panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(0,0)

I'm getting the same error that other questions mention, such as: Installation Error: Kernel Panic - not syncing ...
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Password protect Grub2, but still allow normal boot

I have seen this link , but I don't have grub.conf in the first place. His situation is the inverse from mine though. This link explains quite a fair bit on Grub2, but I am still clueless as to how ...
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Have to run Repair-Boot after booting windows

I have grub installed as my boot loader for dual booting windows 8 and Ubuntu. It works fine as long as I'm only booting Ubuntu but as soon as I boot windows, something stops working. The next time I ...
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Disabling TCP/IP during boot process in linux

I'm trying to install Linux on an FPGA board. The linux flavour is petalinux for Xilinx FPGA chips. The current Xilinx SoC has a Cortex A9 processor and a programmable hardware logic i.e FPGA. I ...
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How to get GRUB back after overwrite?

I have an internal hard drive with the Linux distro I use daily. Today, I wanted to test another distro, I installed it on a USB flash drive, but GRUB was installed on my internal hard drive. Why on ...
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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 ...