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

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Ubuntu doesn't boot normally after manual installing of X.org

I tried to compile and install X.org (for a single card/multiseat in this tutorial) by getting source from here and installing it by: ./configure --enable-kdrive --enable-xephyr --enable-xfake ...
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Installing Linux on a SATA partition, with Windows installed on SSD

My computer has a SSD drive along with a HDD drive. I've installed Windows on the SSD drive (Intel) already and I would like to install Linux Mint on a partition created on the HDD hard drive. So I ...
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Format disk through rootfs terminal

I've got into a strange situation (because of my own stupidity of course:-)). I kept failing to install Chakra Linux from Live USB, so I was thinking that the reason could be that I created the Live ...
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Silent boot opensuse without fbsplash

I want to boot my openSUSE 10.3 distro without any boot messages. I've looked at fbsplash, but it requires patching the kernel, a thing which I cannot do at the moment (not because I don't want it or ...
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Encrypt boot file system

I just tried to set up Debian in a VM (just testing, before installing it on a real system). I have set up 4 drives in total. 2 drives that simulate pen drives, on which I want to install the boot ...
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New menu entry in GRUB2, “file not found” and “you need to load the kernel first” errors

I wanted to add new menu entry to my GRUB2 list. This is how I tried to do this and necessary info: Erros after choosing "Debian Wheezy" menu entry from GRUB2 list: error:file not found error:you ...
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How can I add Mageia 2 to my YUMI MultiBoot USB Drive?

After a bit of googling I read that YUMI can handle Mageia from the Mageia forums. Unfortunately after trying YUMI there doesn't seem to be any support for Mageia. I asked on the official Mageia ...
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Given vmlinuz and initrd.gz, how do I find out, where the kernel is going to load / (root) file system from?

I'm trying various ways of Linux installation (from iso, flash, iso on flash, kernel on flash, root FS in iso-file on flash...) and want to understand what's going on. My question is: is it possible, ...
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Kernel upgrade 2.6 to 3.5.3 on CentOS 5.8 -> switchroot: mount failed: No such file or directory

I upgraded kernel on my CentOS 5.8 from 2.6.18 to 3.5.3 and now it is unable to mount the root filesystem: I could not find any explanation through Google. Can you point me in the right direction? ...
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Stop user being able to access live CD environment or recovery mode?

I'm haved created an account on ubuntu that is just a standard user but with no internet access. I have also removed 'recovery mode' from the grub menu so that one cannot just choose this option ...
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Load Linux bzImage in QEMU?

I compiled a Linux by doing make menuconfig then make and now I have compiled the most recent version of Linux. How can I load the kernel into QEMU?
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Linux boots sometimes into kernel instead of Openbox

I have a Solid-Run Cubox and installed Debian Netboot on it. Now I want to configure it as webserver/kiosk PC to run a self made webapp. I installed xorg, openbox, apache/php libs and wrote my own ...
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Debian restarts itself after booting with a “not responding” error

I had a stable Debian 6 install until earlier today, when some keys on my USB keyboard stopped working and my USB mouse buttons started to behave strangely. I had not installed anything new since the ...
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/boot too small to upgrade

Trying to upgrade from F15 to F17. I need to find a way to increase /boot size without destroying data. Details: I tried upgrading using preupgrade process and via booting from Net iso on USB and ...
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Can readahead-services be safely disabled?

I am just going through the service-list of a server (CentOS 5) - the question will probably apply to other RedHat, Fedora, ... versions, too. Note that my servers normally run in runlevel 3 (no GUI ...
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Move GRUB from USB to HD

When I installed Linux debian 2.6 and GRUB I managed to install it, the boot loader, on a usb flash drive. Right now, If the USB drive is plugged into the computer, the GRUB and the OS starts, ...
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grub2 and cryptsetup

My root node is LUKS encrypted, and it uses a key file, instead of user input password to unlock it. I know in Grub2, I can use insmod cryptodisk insmod luks cryptomount -u <uuid> But I have ...
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Fedora 16 fails to boot after Win7 installed a GPT Drive

So, I have Windows 7 and Fedora 16 installed on my old HDD. Everything worked well and fine before I've had my new 3TB drive built in, which I initialized as GPT in Windows. Actually I initialized ...
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KDE not loading without nomode tag in grub and bad resolution

I recently installed Linux Mint 13 KDE but it's not working fine. At first I had to use failsafe mode to boot because normal boot takes to a textual login. If I use normal boot and text login I'm not ...
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degraded software raid boot

I've installed Ubuntu 12.04.1 in a new server and set up the 4 hard drives with 3 RAID 1 devices, the configuration is such that the first two drives have md0 (swap space) and md1 (/) with the third ...
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Why does e2fsck fail during boot, but not later?

When booting my Debian server, I'm presented with the following error concerning my external hard drive: /dev/disk/by-label/elements: The superblock could not be read or does not describe a correct ...
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Prevent hacking the grub.conf using a 'live rescue' from a live linux iso

It happened that I had set the grub password in grub.conf. But, using a live linux iso, I was able to delete the password from the grub.conf. Please read the steps for the same mentioned in this link: ...
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Setting up boot scripts for BeagleBone/Angstrom

I'm working on setting up the pinmux on a BeagleBone so that I can access multiple UARTS. The OS is Angstrom Linux (the demo image, if that helps). I have a shell script: #!/bin/sh echo ...
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Occasionally kernel panics during boot since 3.3.x with Sandy Bridge

Since kernel 3.3.x there are frequent kernel panics during the boot process. It seems to be a kernel problem since I downgraded to 3.0 and the problems are gone. The kernel panics happen almost at ...
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Why do I have GRUB and GRUB2 in my boot directory?

I'm running F17 and my boot directory has grub and grub2. Why do I need both of these? I thought only one grub was required to boot. Does each one have specific properties?
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What is Arch Fallback in Arch boot menu?

What is exactly "Arch Fallback" in the Arch boot menu?
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Gentoo Kernel failing to boot

My machine has two hard drives -- /dev/sda and /dev/sdb. The first has Ubuntu installed. On the second, sdb, I want to install Gentoo. I did all the installation steps, chrooted and compiled the ...
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Creating a bootable Linux installation USB without unetbootin

I want to install Scientific Linux from USB. I don't know why unetbootin doesn't work but I am not curious to find out: after all, I transferred to Linux from Windows to see and learn the underlying ...
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Should I run fsck on boot for an amazon ec2 image?

I have an Ubuntu micro instance running on amazon EC2. Recently after logging in I was alerted: *** /dev/xvda1 will be checked for errors at next reboot *** I've rebooted a couple times using init ...
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Grub fails after install it on my macbook pro

I'm trying to install Archlinux on my macbook in dual boot mode. I part the disk that way : /dev/sda1 -> EFI /dev/sda2 ->MacOS /dev/sda3 -> /boot /dev/sda4 -> / /dev/sda5 -> /home As ...
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How do I get Fedora 17 boot media to boot my laptop?

I have been using Ubuntu since Ubuntu 11.10 came out. I was very satisfied with how Ubuntu has evolved over the past few years, but now I would like to try out Fedora 17 since that has been out for a ...
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Combined su and screen at startup

I want to start a long running custom script at boot. The script must run under a specific username. So far I have successfully used the screen command and switched to the user in the custom script. ...
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fedora 12 sleeping forever error

After manually restarting freeze machine due to no response. It stuck on blue screen and gives error as sleeping forever. Default partitioned with LVM. Whether I need to install fresh OS or I can get ...
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Want Windows to boot instead of Grub

So when I turn my computer on, Grub rescue boots up. I have finally figured out how to get into Windows, but now I want to skip the step of entering the information into Grub to get into windows. How ...
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Can Linux support Mirror Bootable Disk with LVM like IBM-AIX/HP/Solaris UNIX?

I have searched a lot in Google and Linux sites, but it seems that only UNIX, especially HP-UX supports mirror bootable disk configuration. Can anyone tell me whether Linux (I am using SuSE 10) can ...
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How to load HID kernel module from the kernel command line?

While upgrading a server from kernel 3.2.9 to kernel 3.5 I had a problem with the network (ifconfig eth0 up won't work) so I updated the system to get a newer userspace, but in the process something ...
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Run gui application on startup

I can run a script at boot by adding the following line to my crontab: @reboot perl /path/script That works fine. But the problem arises when I try to run a gui application such as gmail notify. It ...
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Unable to boot from Fedora LiveCD

So I finally decided to move from Windows to Linux. But before that I have wanted to try Fedora distribution from LiveCD. So I downloaded Fedora 17 .iso file, unpacked it and then burned on my CD. I ...
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How to fix boot failure due to incorrect fstab?

It seems that I have added incorrect record to /etc/fstab: //servername/share /mnt/share cifs defaults,username=myuser 0 0 When I did mount -a, it asked user password to mount network ...
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MBR is toast or at least Grub is

This started after some kernel trouble that I left alone for a while. I had miscompiled a kernel then tried to re-compile it and started to organize a list of boot options in grub for differently ...
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Does /init (or /linuxrc) script creates temporary device nodes in /dev?

Considering that GRUB executes following lines: kernel /vmlinuz root=/dev/sda1 ro initrd /initrd On boot, how does the Linux kernel finds out about /dev/sda1 device node? I know that ...
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Fastest, most consistent booting

I am running an i3 laptop, assembled by Asus. I am running Ubuntu with grub2 and burg boot loader. I would love to have a consistent graphical boot process as with Mac OS X. I don't want the user to ...
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Install Chrome Linux from PXE boot

I've got a PXE boot server from which I can boot a selection of LIVE CD's. Mostly different Ubuntu distributions. Setting it up for ubuntu was relatively easy. I have copied the caspar directory from ...
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Boot into chroot directory leaves the root partition read-only

I am trying to make grub boot into a chroot directory /slack containing a Slackware Linux installation. This directory was created by issuing the following command: installpkg --root /slack a/*.t?z ...
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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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Linux thin station

I have this pc that I just installed and set it up as Linux thin station. I did all the formatting procedures and copying of image to the HD. When I boot it up, I get these, which I think are driver ...
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Remove Linux Mint and restore windows's bootloader

I have an old laptop that is setup with dual boot, running Windows Vista and Linux Mint 12. I want to remove the Mint and reclaim the space to Windows. This is a simple task but I've been on it for ...
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How to disable timeout of password prompt for partition decryption during boot?

I have a computer running OpenSUSE 12.1, 64-bit, default install. How it works currently: I turn on the computer It goes through the boot process At some point during boot, I am asked for password ...
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How can I autologin to desktop with systemd?

How can I configure systemd to automatically log me in to my desktop environment, preferably without using login manager? I'm using Arch.
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Installing openSUSE 12.1 on Asus Zenbook UX32VD

So my boss who hates the idea of windows and virtualization had brought me his fancy new Zenbook UX32VD wanting openSUSE 12.1 to be installed on it. SO far I have hit issue after issue and cant seem ...