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

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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. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Getting “NTFS5: No ang0” error message when booting Linux Mint

I am getting the following message as shown in the link below when trying to boot into linux mint 13. Try (hd0,0): NFTS5: No ang0 Try (hd0,1): NTFS5: No ang0 Try (hd0,2): NTFS5: No ang0 Try ...
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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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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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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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How to run a bootloader from Linux?

I want to reboot from Linux to another system (a bootable CD for my current need). I don't want to modifiy the current bootloader, nor to modify BIOS settings. Some Linux CD can be run from Windows ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 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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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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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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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 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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Is it possible for a CentOS system on EC2 to not have a bootloader?

I'm attempting to look for grub: [root /]# find / -iname "*grub*" /sbin/grubby /usr/share/man/man8/grubby.8.gz /usr/share/vim/vim70/syntax/grub.vim /usr/share/vim/vim70/ftplugin/grub.vim ...
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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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“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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reorder GRUB to list Windows on top

I have win 7 and linux mint 14 installed. Is it possible to modify the GRUB Menu to show Windows as the first option instead of Linux, which it currently does. Mainly so that during boot it starts ...
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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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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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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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Why is GRUB 2 booting so slowly?

I have a small custom embedded Linux distribution (created with OpenEmbedded), which boots with GRUB 1.99. The aim is to have it start up fast. Currently it says: GRUB loading. for ~2+ seconds ...
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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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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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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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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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How can Linux detect automatically if kernel must boot on dev hdc or hda

I have an industrial PC mounting Linux. These PC is delivered in two version, each with slightly different internal board and depending on the board type the disk inside the PC is see as hda or hdc. ...
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Linux on Hard Drive Partition, Bootloader on USB Flash Drive

How can I use a USB flash drive to boot Linux from a partition on (another) hard drive? I'm trying to install Linux on an encrypted partition on the hard drive (using LVM on LUKS). Since /boot must ...
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CentOS grub2 booting iso via loopback

I've got a usb-key setup to multi-boot different Linux images. I'm trying to add CentOS, here's a post with similar entries for grub.cfg set drive_label=multipass01 set isopath=/iso menuentry ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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How to autoboot boot0?

How can automatically boot FreeBSD in boot0 and, when needed, manually load win by pressing a shortcut button?
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...