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

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“Missing operating system” error on boot

I replaced Windows 8 with Linux Mint. After the installation had completed, I restarted only to face a black screen with missing operating system. I thought the problem was with Mint so I decided to ...
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Fresh Linux (Debian and CentOS) installation will not boot

I am trying to install either Debian or CentOS on a home server (Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX100 S3). I first tried installing Debian. The whole installation was successful (including grub). But after ...
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Should I use LILO or GRUB or other?

I am making a netinstall DVD which will have netinstall for 10 different Linux distros on it. I will need to install a bootloader on the disk so I can choose which distro I want to install. Which is ...
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Can you use grub to boot a RW partition file stored on a FAT32 HDD?

This is a bit tricky question. I have a Ubuntu 11.10 installed onto a USB 16GB Flash drive. I used the Ubuntu installer to do this. It runs great! Except the I/O is slow. I also have a 250GB USB ...
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How do I configure syslinux to boot immediately

I'm tweaking a Debian live system (built with live-build), and I want it to boot straight into the system from syslinux — no menu, no timeout. According to the syslinux documentation, a timeout value ...
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Prevent GRUB from showing up by default?

Whenever I boot on Ubuntu, I see the entire GRUB menu by default. Is there a way I could make it simply auto-boot if uninterrupted within X seconds? I remember that this was the case on previous ...
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How to dualboot Win7 and Chrome-OS on Netbook

I have tested Google Chrome OS (aka Chromium OS) using a USB pen drive, or more precisely Chrome OS Lime by Hexxeh. Since I like it I would like to install it along side of my pre-installed Windows ...
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Please explain Solaris boot sequence in detail

Its same question for Linux here at Please explain Linux boot sequence in detail but emphasis on Solaris style of things. I am preparing a document in detail showing light on the boot sequence of ...
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Please explain Linux boot sequence in detail

I am preparing a document in detail showing light on the boot sequence of Linux right from pressing of Power-on button the host to the login prompt appearance. It would be great if we could combine ...
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Set Kernel Root to Same Partition as Boot

Running GRUB, I want to set the kernel root parameter to the same partition (or more generically, to a partition on the same device) as the disk with the bootloader. Initially, the install set the ...
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Grub and boot loader

What effect does setting a partition to active still have with common boot loaders. For instance if you install grub on the mbr, do you still need to specify the /boot as active, or does grub just ...
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How do I make sure grub is only installed once?

I currently have Windows on one partition, and Ubuntu on another. I'd like to install Quimo, and possibly Mint and/or Lubuntu as well. How do I make sure that only Ubuntu has Grub, and that the ...
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Why am I getting btx halted trying to install FreeBSD?

When trying to install FreeBSD 8 off a USB Drive (UNetBootin loaded) I receive BTX Halted when choosing any of the Boot options. Boot FreeBSD [default] Boot FreeBSD width ACPI disabled Boot ...
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How can I boot the PC-BSD live DVD-ISO IMAGE directly via GRUB2?

Via the loopback command, GRUB2 allows to directly boot an ISO file. Now, I've configured the according menuentry to boot the PC-BSD Live DVD ISO, but when I try to boot it, the FreeBSD bootstrap ...
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What is the “Bootable flag” option when installing a distro?

Is the "bootable flag" needed in today's distributions? If not, then Why is it still in the installers? What is it exactly?
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Windows Boot Configuration Data (BCD) viewer for linux

Is there such a thing as a Windows Boot Configuration Data (BCD) viewer for Linux? I understand that BCD files are 'like registry hives' and tools exist to read registry hives for Linux. Is there a ...
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Ignorantly dd'd /dev/sda*

I was trying to write an iso to a flash drive. I mistakenly thought that all /dev/sda* are flash drives attached to the system. I wasn't sure how to figure out which was which, so I just unplugged my ...
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Preparing a Linux image in a virtual machine

I am trying to set up a system to prepare a Linux system on a virtual machine and then deploy it onto an SD card. The target system has an Atom processor, so there aren't architecture compatibility ...
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hack mac g4 powerbook firmware to boot linux?

Is there a way to flash/hack/jailbreak the firmware for say a 15" G4 powerbook so that I can boot from linux live usb sticks? As it is many macs simply do not boot from usb, let alone usb sticks and ...
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How to fix possibly wiped MBR after centOS install?

I think I have messed this one up royally... I have done a clean install of centOS 5.6 (x86_64) on my system. I got through the installation process successfully and rebooted. Now I am greeted with ...
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Red Hat and Windows 7 dual boot system

I am looking for the best way to create a dual boot on my Red Hat system. This is a Red Hat 5.3 System for scientific use, and we need to run some Windows software on it for visualization purposes. ...
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GRUB File Not Read Correctly

I was installing Gentoo when I ran into problems with the bootloader. Whether I used the automatic or manual installation method, GRUB always threw the following error: The file /boot/grub/stage1 ...
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BTX loader manual

I Can't find any good manual/reference about BTX bootloader integrated into FreeBSD. Especially I would like to know: if it's functionality resembles GRUB 2. For example, if it can boot OS other ...
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Failed to boot a fresh FreeBSD 8.2 installation on an Intel SS4200-EHW

I've installed FreeBSD on an Intel SS4200-EHW which has four hard disks and a flash DOM (Disk On Module) disk through an IDE interface. I want to install FreeBSD on the Flash DOM. In order to get the ...
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How to create yaboot partition using a ppc Mac

My computer g4 1.5 ghz PowerBook ppc I need to use this computer to make a yaboot partition on a USB stick. Here is documentation for making a yaboot partition with a Linux machine: ...
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Boot Linux from UEFI BIOS

I'm porting UEFI BIOS. I'd like to download an Linux image (bzImage) to system memory by TFTP in my UEFI shell, and then boot the OS directly. I know we generally need another bootloader to do that. ...
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Is it possible to use libc at the bootloader stage itself?

I would like to use some the functions given by libc at the boot loader stage itself. Is it possible to get them at that stage of loading?
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FreeNAS grub2 booting ISO

I've got usb-keys setup to multi-boot different Linux images. I wouldn't mind adding FreeNAS, and there's a doc with samples to add to grub.cfg menuentry "FreeNAS-8.0.4-RELEASE-x64" { insmod ufs2 ...
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GRUB on USB Drive — adding OSes

Some Background: Coming from a largely Windows background (though I'm familiar with Ubuntu, etc.) and using a Windows 7 machine to complete this task Have gotten GRUB installed successfully to the ...
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Arch Linux fails to boot from a USB key (cannot mount selected partition)

I tried to install Arch Linux to an USB key. Things are kind of wobbly (it assumes the system has exactly one drive inside, for example) but everything installed just fine. Until I rebooted. ...
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Bootstrapping a DSL installation onto a machine with no BIOS boot support

I have a vintage 2001 laptop (Vaio R505) which is very hardware limited. Fortunately there is much that works, but I can't figure how to make it work better. The two biggest constraints are 256MB RAM ...
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Installing Grub 2 on a USB flash drive

MultiBootISOs is a tool that let you install Grub on a USB flash drive. I really like it because it lets me boot from ISO files and let me put a bunch of ISOs on my USB and choose which one to boot. ...