Bootloader issues: what happens before the operating system itself starts.

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How to ask for a password to mount crypted swap at boot time on Linux Mint 16 with initramfs-tools? [duplicate]

I use encrypted home folders on my notebook, which prevents use of hibernation on standard setup, because - and for a good reason - besides encrypting the home folder with ecryptfs, it reformats the ...
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Boot the Arch Linux installation USB media on Dell XPS 13 (L322X) UEFI

this is my first attempt to install Arch Linux on my Dell XPS 13 (L322X) laptop in UEFI mode. I've dowloaded "archlinux-2014.02.01-dual.iso" and written to my USB pen drive with the dd way. I boot my ...
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Why does the kernel boot faster with less memory allocated?

This is not a important question, I'm just curious. Something strange happened, which isn't quiet clear to me: In the kernel command line, the amount of the memory can be set statically with the ...
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How to set laptop screen brightness just after boot with full disk encryption

my girlfriend bought Lenovo Essential G500 i5-3230 and I installed Linux Mint 16 on it with full disk encryption. It is standard installation with encryption using dmcrypt and LUKS. But there is a ...
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Stuck at Grub command line after boot repair

After updating Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 I lost access to Grub and my Linux Partition (running Elementary OS) so I tried using boot repair from a Live USB and now I can't access either. It drops me out ...
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Ubuntu load and hang on live USB [closed]

I seem to have run into some difficulties trying to install Linux alongside my USB. I made a bootable USB stick and done all the UEFI firmware settings from which I disabled fast boot. Now when I run ...
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Does Linux still have to reside within the first XX cylinders of a HDD?

It's been a while since I last bothered with partitioning my hard drive, but now it's time again and I remember last time I did this there was a requirement to put the root partition (or only GRUB?) ...
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Booting from usb fails as I try to install elementary OS on my PC

I'm trying to install Elementary OS Luna on my PC. The problem is that every time I try to boot from my usb, on which I've got the OS installation files, it fails. First I press F12 to get to the ...
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grub2-install doesn't work the first time, but does work the second time

This is a weird one... I'm working on some software. It has a function to make a USB device bootable. It does this by running a long, complex sequence of actions to copy a minimal Linux OS onto the ...
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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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Installled openSuse and now can't boot from USB or DVD

I've just installed openSuse 13.1 and, while it's great, now I want to try Mageia 4. Problem is that after installing openSuse my machine (Lenovo G560) won't boot from a USB stick or from the DVD ...
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Why does Debian hang after DHCP?

This is my /etc/networking/interfaces file: auto eth0 allow-hotplug eth0 iface eth0 inet dhcp iface eth0 inet6 auto And here is a picture of where it is hanging:      Source: ...
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Unable to see Fedora 20, when triple booting it with Debian 7, and openSuSe 13.1

I just don't understand why I cannot see my Fedora 20 having it planned to triple boot it with Debian 7 and openSuSe 13.1. Initially I partitioned my system to: /dev/sda1 for openSuSe 13.1 /dev/sda2 ...
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Target filesystem doesn't have requested /lib/systemd/systemd

I have been using systemd for about a month without any problems on my Debian Jessie. I installed it according to the Debian wiki. But all of a sudden today I got this error:     ...
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Remove (text based) Linux Logo that comes after booting

I ported Petalinux on Zynq board by Xilinx. I am having a log message as shown below: . . . . .[Wed Feb 12 14:55:44.166 2014] Hash algo: sha1 [Wed Feb 12 14:55:44.166 2014] Hash value: ...
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Daemon - how to tell the start daemon to execute this daemon as different username than root?

I have this startup script, when i launch i have the execution done by username: root, instead of username: sun. How can i tell the start_daemon to execute it as username : sun not root? $ ps aux | ...
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Having difficulties mounting a rootfs for an embedded Linux

I want my Kernel to start a squashfs rootfs for an embedded Linux. The squashfs file is on a sdcard, therefor i put these parameters on it's command line: console=ttyS0,115200 root=/dev/sdb1 rw ...
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NFS: failed to create MNT RPC client status = -101

I am trying for network file system (NFS) booting between two systems. I am using dhcp server to assign IP-address for client. And my kernel and root file system are present in server. My client is ...
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ATI driver and boot problem “Starting Timidity alsa midi emulation”

It has been resolved. See answer bellow.. Asked this on askubuntu, but they knocked me down as off-topic and sent me here.. After upgrade I can no longer boot into gui. It stops on "Starting ...
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Kali Linux Live USB boots into text mode. Unable to Start the GUI [closed]

I am booting kali Linux from the USB. But it boots me into Kali login prompt. When I provide the credentials for root. It gives me root prompt.root@kali. Any pointers please on how to boot into GUI ...
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Running commands on startup on a Red Hat server

I have a Red Hat server instance on AWS that I'm trying to make a nice AMI image of so I can test specific instance machine types with Apache Bench (ab). I'm currently just trying to create the OS ...
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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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For what are disk signatures being used for by GNU/Linux (distributions) / grub?

I am talking about disk signatures in context of the MBR. The area from 441 to 445 bytes. For what does the GNU/Linux kernel, GNU/Linux distributions usually use disk signatures for? I only found ...
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Linux Booting with USB File System [closed]

I'm trying to boot a Linux system stored in a USB drive that I got by following the Linux from Scratch manual. I finished all but the booting part, the problem is that when the kernel tries to to ...
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How to disable Network and Bluetooth driver loading

I dont need Bluetooth and Ethernet. SO I want that the next time I boot my system the OS do not waste time in loading corresponding drivers. How do I do in general in any linux flavor ?
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How to move EFI and boot partitions?

I am in the midst of moving these two partitions from sda5 and sda6 to sda1 and sda2 respectively. This is to allow me to have a contiguous space for the root file system to grow. The following is ...
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How to show progress when loading initrd?

I have a complete root fs built into initrd, so it's almost 500MB. It takes a while to load to memory and during this time, the screen has no indication of the progress. I would like to know if there ...
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Is it safe to delete old boot and EFI System partitions?

I have installed a new OS in the free space of the same hard disk after failing to upgrade the old one. Now there are two copies of boot partitions and EFI System partitions. After a harrowing ...
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How to recover from a boot hang after deleting old swap?

I did a fresh installation of Fedora 20 in the free space of my hard drive after failing to upgrade from the older version. Everything seems to be working fine until I deleted the partition containing ...
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How to change the disk signature of a raw image?

I am talking about disk signatures in context of the MBR. The area from 440 to 444 bytes. Let's say I got a bootable raw image (bootable in a virtual machine). How can I set the disk signature to a ...
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How does Linux deal with a separate /boot partition?

I am interested to learn about how Linux deals with a separate boot partitions. I am not interested in actually doing this, but I would like to know how this works under-the-hood. Consider a hard ...
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Human readable dmesg time stamps on OpenWRT

The output of dmesg shows the number of second+milliseconds since the system start. [ 10.470000] ohci_hcd: USB 1.1 'Open' Host Controller (OHCI) Driver [ 14.610000] device eth0 entered ...
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How to create bootable debian usb drive from an existing linux partition?

I've been using linux (ubuntu, debian, and salix) for a few years but have never been able to create a bootable usb drive from within linux. I've always had to use pendrivelinux which is a ...
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How to install Debian from an .iso on the filesystem?

I am running Ubuntu and I want to be able to boot into Debian Wheezy .iso which I just downloaded, how can I set this up? I don't want to use an external device like a usb or cd/dvd
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Unbootable system, uneditable boot options

My distro (Trisquel, a modified version of Ubuntu 12.04) comes with a 3.2.0-38 kernel. I recently reinstalled it, and after installing a bunch of updates I found that boot would hang on the splash ...
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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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Why does my system freeze during bootup unless I boot into recovery mode?

I installed some packages, and now when I try to boot into it normally it freezes at this point. The only thing I can do from there is reboot the system. When I do that, this is what's displayed. ...
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Can I force Linux to boot its initializations parallel? [closed]

I was wondering if I could manage to initialize drivers, services etc. (all these jobs what Linux does during startup) in parallel instead of sequentially. I want to aggressively lower the boot time. ...
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Boot desktop from laptop connected by USB

Would it be possible to have laptop with some Linux, that I would be able to connect to any desktop with USB-USB cable, and boot something from that laptop? (its actual OS or something different ...
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Windows 8.1 not appearing on grub after Linux Mint 16

I had followed a tutorial to install Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon and it works perfectly fine, currently using it to post this question. But when grub loads the only 3 options I am given, are Linux Mint, ...
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How can I migrate my Ubuntu installation from LVM2 to RAID5?

I stumbled upon this question, but I do not think this is a duplicate since I'm under the impression that the OP in this question is not running under a live session. I, on the other hand, have ...
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How can I fix/install/reinstall grub?

So I started out with a 250GB HDD, the stock drive from an EeePC 1015pem that I am trying to turn into a MintBook. The drive is physically operable, but all data has been nuked, including the old OS. ...
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mei 0000:00:16.0: init hw failure

When I boot up I get the following errors: mei 0000:00:16.0: init hw failure. mei 0000:00:16.0: initialization failed. (they don't prevent the bootup, I'm just curious as to what they are and if ...
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Libraries crash after installing experimental version of libc6

My Debian system is not booting anymore after installing the experimental version of libc6. I've got this message on boot: /sbin/init: error while loading shared libraries: libsepol.so.1: ...
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Error about agpgart during startup on Fedora 20?

I have started to notice a strange error quickly flash across my screen every time I boot my laptop running Fedora 20. I'm not sure what it means or how it may be affecting my system, but I figured ...
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Linux Mint: How to enable cryptswap with custom password?

When you want to use hibernation and you care for security, you'd like to have the swap encrypted. But not with the random password, chosen for you at startup, but with a fixed one, supplied by you at ...
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GRUB 2 scripting: convert device name in GRUB notation into a Linux device name

I'm trying to use partition labels (or UUIDs, that does not matter) to select root partition without use of an initrd/initramfs. With initramfs, this is fairly easy: root=LABEL=... or ...
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Python script run while screen is locked

I have a python script which seems to be failing to continue running its while True: ... sleep() loop my code is at http://github.com/xdaimon/xdaimonConky What happens is I autostart python on ...
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can /boot be on a different drive than grub or lilo?

I just got a vizio CN15-A5 laptop, which has both a 1TB HDD and a 32G SDD. I am going to use the SSD with dm-cache, however, I would to make /boot a partition on the SSD, and the laptop's BIOS doesn't ...
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Interpreting output of dmesg and /var/log/boot.log

I found two ways for printing boot messages one using dmesg and another the content of file /var/log/boot.log: The content of the /var/log/boot.log file are: fsck from util-linux 2.20.1 ...