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

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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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BTX Halted. When I trying to install freeBSD 10.3 on my notebook I got this message:

I'm trying to install FreeBSD-10.3 (FreeBSD-10.3-RELEASE-amd64-dvd1.iso) It's done perfectly on vmware virtual machine (with windows 10 host), but when I'm trying to install it on my notebook (ACER ...
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Procedure to figuring out U-Boot environment location from binary/hex dump

TL;DR: I have a u-boot (version 1.6.1) enabled board, I have dumped the partition that contains the environment variables to a binary file using dd and now am stumped at finding out how to translate ...
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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 /boot/...
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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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Can't get rEFIt to boot after install (Ubuntu + OSX on macbook pro)

I'm trying to dual boot Ubuntu and OSX on my macbook (MacBookPro8,2). As per the usual guide, I downloaded rEFIt (the .dmg) and installed it. Then I rebooted about 12 times and still always just get ...
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Signing GRUB bootloader

The laptop I recently bought uses UEFI. As an experiment, I think it would be really cool to generate my own keys and use them to sign my bootloader, and also to password protect the bootloader. How ...
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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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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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Debian boots on one Mac but not another

I'm trying to boot Debian from a USB Hard Drive (using rEFIt as a boot loader), and am successful on two newer-model MacBook Pros and a Hackintosh (no surprise there), but I'm not successful on ...
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syslinux / vesamenu.c32 - using highest available screen resolution?

I was wondering if there was a way to use the highest available resolution in the syslinux.cfg file? I know i can do: MENU RESOLUTION 1024 768 but without knowing available resolutions beforehand, ...
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Boot Entry for Loading Encrypted LVM

So, I recently installed Arch Linux (EFI) with the root folder in an encrypted LVM. I am loading the correct modules and hooks on startup, but it's telling me it can not load the encrypted space after ...
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How to fix the error warning failed to connect to lvmetad no such file or directory falling back to internal scanning in ubuntu 15.10

I need help with my Ubuntu laptop which was working fine until recently. My desktop disappeared and all the desktop icons are gone. All I have access to is the terminal. In an attempt to fix the ...
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Why doesn't Ubuntu (and Mint) install a boot sequence

I've tried to install a new Linux operating system and I've tried different flavors (x)ubuntu, Mint etc. With and without encryption, with and without LVM, but I'll always get the same error. When ...
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Grub2 fails to load on an AMD cpu

I have built a linux image with GRUB2 as its boot loader and written it on an IDE hard disk. When I put it in a computer with Intel cpu, it works fine. But putting it in an AMD cpu computer, it even ...
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Using two memory controllers with SPARSE_MEM on AT91SAM9G45

There are lot posts on this problem in google, but I have tried all the solutions but they are not working for me, so I'm posting hereā€¦ I am working with AT91BootStarp 3.5.9 with linux kernel 3.6.9. ...
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lost FreeBSD efi loader after upgrading windows 10

How to return option to load FreeBSD, after it was lost next to upgrading windows 10. I use uefi-FreeBSD10, and didn't created another one ESP.
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saving file to usb stick while using linux boot stick

I am using the instructions in this youtube video to install CentOS 7 on a new computer that is running Windows 8. The tutorial uses UniversalUSBInstaller from PenDriveLinux, but the installation is ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Multiple Windows 7 installations from Grub

I have the following disk configuration: Disk /dev/sda: 750.2 GB, 750156374016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 91201 cylinders, total 1465149168 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes ...
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How to not install GRUB when installing Elementary OS Luna?

I'd like to install eOS Luna, but I already have Debian 7.5 installed, so don't want to install GRUB again, as the last time I did this it broke the bootloader... Is this possible? I haven't seen any ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Copy live CD to RAM on boot

OK, so I've put together a live CD which uses isolinux as the bootloader. Any idea what magical option or switch I need to use to make it copy the compressed filesystem to RAM before mounting it? (Not ...
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Change terminal resolution on Whiite (Wii Linux)

Is there a way to change the terminal resolution in Whiite (Linux for Wii)? All the answers I can find suggest editing grub configuration, but Whiite uses a custom bootloader instead of grub.
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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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Grub (debian) will not start in AHCI mode

I was running my Debian (Acer laptop) for quite some time without much trouble. However, when I started it recently I've got message: No bootable device - insert boot disk and press any key It ...
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Centos 7.2 Convert single LVM to RAID Mirror Reinstall BootLoader

I am trying to convert a single-drive Centos 7.2 installation with LVM into a two-disk mdadm mirror with mrrored LVM. I was able to follow the excellent instructions at: http://www.dgoradia.com/...
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Stop Ubuntu on Macbook from booting into OS X from external drive

I have Ubuntu (Lubuntu) installed on a MacBook which has two external hard drives connected to it. One of the partitions on one of those drives is a bootable backup of an OS X machine. When I reboot ...
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Linux kernel root= parameter

I'm trying to make a portable distro of linux on a 16MB SD card. I have a 2.4 kernel and extlinux as a bootloader. How can I pass the root= parameter to the kernel that the distro would be still ...
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I have: “error: no such device: 6ec8e… Entering rescue mode… grub rescue>” on Mac OsX boot

I decided to install Debian on a external HDD to try it with my Mac Book Pro and then see if I will install it on a partition of MBP's SSD. I installed it and plugged the device on the machine, but ...
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Where is GPT bootloader located?

According to GUID specification: First sector of hard drive is reserved (MBR compatibility) and not touched, sector 1-34 contain entries which contain partitions. Sector 35 is the 1st sector of 1st ...
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Need a hint about system's verbiage at bootup

I've got a dual boot W10/Ubuntu 14.04 laptop. I use GRUB2 as a boot loader. In the BIOS I chose "Legacy BIOS" option (the laptop was purchased with EUFI enabled system and W8 OEM). I don't know, maybe ...
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Get correct Windows partition back in Grub

Model: HP Compaq Mini 32 bit. Device: Samsung Evo SSD 120 GB. OS: Dual boot --> Linux Mint 17.1 Xfce & Windows 7 Starter. TLDR: Fixed Grub + got Mint back using parted rescue; win7 reboots or ...
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Arch linux not visible in bootloader

I installed Arch following the beginers guide and installed the rEFInd bootloader. When i start my computer rEFInd can load windows and the Arch live cd (if it's inserted) but i cant get it to show ...
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Computer doesn't boot ANY device after installing debian

During a Debian installation, everything went smoothly. However, for some reason it failed to install both the GRUB and LILO bootloaders. I tried thrice to get my installation to work. The first two ...
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When does Plymouth starts and ends?

I am currently creating a custom Plymouth Theme/Script for my operating system. Thus i want to know when does Plymouth gets started. Which function calls it? How does it start up and display nice ...
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How 'Reversible' Is the BURG Bootloader?

Before messing things up and running to ask for help, I thought to check in advance: I want to experiment with the BURG bootloader, as it seems so much better aesthetically than GRUB. I wanted to ask,...
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Linux Mint installation dual boot windows 8. Where to install bootloader?

Please read before marking as duplicate I would like to install Linux mint from a bootable USB either on my hard drive in dualboot with Windows or on an external HD (which would be the preferred ...
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Trouble installing rEFInd boot manager

I have downloaded the rEFInd boot manager. And I am trying to figure out how to do a scripted installation of it. From reading the arch wiki guide. It says I simply run the script: $ sudo refind-...
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boot .iso image using Grub

Has anyone been successfull in setting up GRUB2 to boot an .iso image stored on the harddrive. Instead of installing it on a disc on flashdrive. I have been successfull in setting up a windows ...
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How do I find corresponding kernel virtual addresses and userspace virtual addresses for a coreboot table driver?

How does kernel virtual addresses relate to userspace virtual addresses and is there a way to map the two with a kernel function? Some background: Coreboot puts some information in a table structure ...
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Installed Scientific Linux (Win7 already installed). Can't load Windows

I created an empty partition in Windows 7 before I installed Scientific Linux 7 from an ISO burned to a DVD. Now I do not get the option to load Windows. I did not overwrite Windows. If I go to the ...