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

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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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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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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. http://madduck.net/...
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Error installing Grub

I'm trying to install grub but I'm getting the error: Warning This GPT partition label contains no BIOS boot partition: embedding won't be possible I'm using GPT to partition, and the file system ...
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Installed Ubuntu (on its own partition, Windos 8 machine) and lost both boot options in BIOS

I partitioned the unit in Windows first, and after I disabled Windows in BIOS because it wasn't allowing the boot CD to load. After the installation, the option to enable Windows and the option to ...
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Installing Arch Linux alongside OS X - Bootloader issues

I have installed Arch Linux alongside my OS X install on my MBP 11,1 using the guide found here, however on the last three commands of the boot loader section I get the error /usr/sbin/grub2-probe: ...
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How to query EFI signature

It appears that Grub-EFI will only boot a "signed" Linux kernel. Is there some command that will allow me to query a given kernel image to find out what signatures (if any) are present on it?
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How can I chainload GRUB on another drive?

I have two pen drives. On one I have a full install of Arch GNU/Linux. This install is compatible with both EFI systems and BIOS systems; it has a GPT drive with a BIOS Compatibility Region and an EFI ...
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Switch debian install from legacy to UEFI

I have Debian 7 installed on my laptop on the ssd and windows 8 on the hdd. Currently to boot Windows I go into the bios and change a boot setting from legacy to UEFI, which means to boot Debian I am ...
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chainload multiple grub2 bootloaders

This is the context: I have a laptop with one hd which contains 4 partitions: 2 for windows: (hd0,1), (hd0,2) -> For windows 7 2 for linux: (hd0,3), (hd0,4) -> For linux (logical partitions). The ...
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Bootloader fails to load linux kernel

I upgraded linux kernel from 2.6.32 to 3.0.7 but now bootloader isn't able to load the kernel image. Specifically, boot procedure freezes after: Starting kernel ... Uncompressing Linux... done, ...
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How to configure bootloader to boot the new kernel?

I succesfully upgraded linux kernel from 2.6.32.61 to 3.0.7 on BeableBoard-xM, following the steps below: download and untar kernel sources 3.0.7 from kernel.org copy kernel sources on /usr/src ...
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How to add bootloader to ISO? Or, make ISO bootable?

How do I add a bootloader to a Linux ISO? When I isoinfo -d -i ... I do not see the bootloader on one of the ISO's that I have; but on another ISO there is a bootloader.
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Why do I get dropped into a GRUB rescue console? [duplicate]

I've been setting up my environment on a fedora 20 64bit, the last week. After a restart tonight I am unable to boot into my system. It boots into this terminal/prompt and it says: [ Minimal bash-...
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Boot Menu Fedora and Window 7

I have install Fedora 20 before, a few days ago , I just install Window 7, and now I can not boot to Fedora because I don't have a boot menu. Is there anyway to recover the Fedora boot menu, is there ...
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bootloader's messages and bootm.c

When I boot linux on zynq board, one of the line that I get is; Starting kernel . . . For debugging purpose I wanted to know where in the source code these lines are written, I would change them ...
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How does a bootloader and kernel interact after the kernel is loaded in memory?

I'm a little bit confused about the role of bootloader and its interaction with kernel, especially when talking wrt ARM Llnux. Once the Kernel is loaded into RAM, is there any job left for the ...
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Blue gradient line on top and bottom instead of Ubuntu-USB-Grub-Screen

I just bought a E350M1 mainboard with onboard AMD Radeon 6310 Graphics Card. I did (I think I did) the UEFI-Bios trick: CSM activated and plugged-in a usb-stick with an Ubuntu 13.10 Desktop i386 ...
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Is there a way to boot linux directly from MBR?

Inspired by UEFI, I want to skip the stage of the bootloader (grub, lilo, syslinux) and boot linux directly. Is this possible? Cant I just boot the kernel directly, or have a minimalistic bootloader ...
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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 http://askubuntu.com/questions/41930/kernel-panic-not-syncing-vfs-unable-to-mount-...
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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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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 partition....
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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. mkfs....
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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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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 Arch....
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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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Why do most distributions chain UEFI and grub?

Most distributions install a additional boot loader on an UEFI system. UEFI itself is a boot loader, it offers a menu to select different operating systems or individual kernels. Furthermore, the UEFI ...
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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 ...