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

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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 ...
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VFS: Cannot open root device “nfs” or unknown-block(0,255)

I am trying to setup a diskless client which will mount over nfs to the server. When I try to boot the client I get the following error message: VFS: Cannot open root device "nfs" or ...
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How is /etc/fstab accessed before root is mounted?

I was making some changes to /etc/fstab, when this chicken and egg question occurred to me - if /etc/fstab contains the instructions for mounting the file systems, including the root partition, then ...
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Access Linux after installing another OS

I recently installed Fedora 20 and during the installations, I made a new disk partition where I installed Windows after Fedora. I do not get the alternative of booting Fedora now. How would I go ...
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LVM RAID 1 for root [closed]

I have LVM RAID 1 (not mdadm RAID 1, but exactly LVM2 RAID 1) for my root partition. I would like to make my system boot without either of the HDDs where the underlying PVs of the root LVM partition ...
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How Do You Pass VGA/VESA Modes with GRUB2?

One of my machines has a 3 TB HD setup to triple boot into Mint 14 (Ubuntu 12.10 variant), Slackware 14.1 and Arch Linux. The HD is formatted using the GPT/Guid system. The Grub2 technically "belongs" ...
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Creating bootable USB from .iso in Fedora 19

I created a somewhat similiar question previously, but seeing as my understanding of the topic improved drastically with the answers, I realized that I had asked the wrong question. I am trying to ...
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No usable clock interface found

I just finished installing a paravirtualized archlinux guest on xen. I get the following error when my guest boots: [1.185226] i8042: No controller found [1.1247134] drivers/rtc/hctosys.c: ...
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How to save boot.log between reboots?

How do you save the /var/log/boot.log between reboots? Or, more specifically, how can you just have boots be appended to that file? I have an issue with a kernel that I am running and need to be able ...
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Location of the kernel binary (when not in /boot)?

I failed to find the kernel binary in the standard location in /boot. I've also searched the whole file system for vmlinux or bzimage find / -iname vmlin* find / -iname bzimage However, this is an ...
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GRUB2 Insert additional kernel modules

GRUB2 doesn't have the menu.lst file. How do I configure a boot script. During boot, I hit E on the kernel image that I want to modify and make my modifications. But I would prefer to make the ...
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Computer wont boot with any media after installing wine on Ubuntu 13.10

Yup. I can boot into anything (meaning the os part), like a cd/dvd, a live usb, or the os on the HDD. i can boot into the first screen, which i think is called the grub selection screen and whatever ...
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Can't boot into windows if it's not the first HDD in boot order (Linux)

I installed eOS recently with a custom install (selected separate home, root, and swap partitions). After the install, eOS boots perfectly. However when I try to choose the Windows 8 option it will ...
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How can I influence which Virtual Display (X Server) is shown after boot?

I'm trying to build an info display (or Digital Signage Monitor) with Raspberry Pi running Raspbian (so a Debian distro). I need to start two X servers, where one is showing the content (through ...
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How can I find the text show in the screen when linux boot? That's not the same as dmesg shows

When gnu/linux boot message shows, that's not the same as dmesg shows. How can I find it back?
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Why is my machine not showing anything when booting?

I'm using Ubuntu Server 11.10 x86, and after I make my normal selection (Ubuntu, with Linux 3.0.0-12-generic-pae) from the GRUB menu, the screen just goes blank - there's not even a cursor showing up. ...
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boot partition is almost full in CentOS [duplicate]

I got a warning of my /boot partition is almost full(85%). What should I do? Can I remove one of the backup kernel? How to do it safely? My partition right now Filesystem 1K-blocks ...
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Is a bad NFS mount preventing a clean boot?

I'm on Ubuntu server 11.10 (x86) and I basically ran into this problem as this: http://serverfault.com/questions/56588/unmount-a-nfs-mount-where-the-nfs-server-has-disappeared The umount command ...
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I messed up my EFI boot, what do I do?

I have Debian Wheezy installed on my computer using EFI boot. It used Grub2 as the bootloader. I then decided to install Arch Linux, using EFI as well, on another partition and chose Grub bootloader ...
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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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Old laptop won't boot from live CDs

I've got an old Pentium III based Dell Laptop, the originally shipped with Windows 2K and has had Windows XP installed on it. I though I could get something useful out of it if I run Puppy, Lubuntu, ...
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Can no longer boot after updating Arch

I am running Arch Linux with the Gummiboot boot manager. Everything was fine until I updated. I can't remember the exact packages that were updated but I'm pretty sure Gummiboot was one of them. Now ...
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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. ...
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grub on floppy to rescue CD boot chain

I am having trouble figuring out how to have grub installed on a floppy in a way that it automatically boots a modified Ubuntu 12.04 CD on startup. I will settle for knowing some commands at the grub ...
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Booting a Knoppix ISO from Grub - device/uri madness

I'm trying to boot a Knoppix ISO from Grub like so: loopback loop /boot/iso/knoppix.iso linux (loop)/boot/isolinux/linux lang=en bootfrom=/mnt-iso//boot/iso/knoppix.iso initrd ...
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Building a bootable USB stick - GRUB syntax help

So I have a usb stick that I've partitioned into 2 parts. The first part contains GRUB (Via grub-install) and some ISOs that I want to boot/install from. Rather than start the Linux kernel on these ...
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How can I get a new Fedora 19 install to boot on Intel NUC

I have a newly installed Fedora 19 on an Intel NUC computer. During installation, I selected the "reclaim all space" option and took the default partitioning. The install created an EFI boot ...
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No matter how many times I try re-installing Linux Mint, I get a GRUB error. How do I fix it?

I have been trying to install Linux Mint 16 Petra using a removable USB thumb drive on my laptop, and after multiple attempts, I get the same error every time: error: file ...
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Linux “/dev/SDA” goes read only file system on SDB device failure [closed]

i have a very peculiar issue that is running in my system. Using debian linux : My system boots up very normally with a primary and secondary hard disk. suddenly my secondary hard disk fails with ...
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Boot fails after reinstall GRUB

I unfortunately had to install Windows 8.1 in my computer and after doing so, I tried to reinstall GRUB following the next steps: Booted with the Live CD Mounted my system partition: mount ...
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Problem with logical partition and recovery mode

After the installation of compiz with linux mint, I had a problem in my Linux Mint 14 . There is a blank screen after typing my login/password to enter my session. I tried some things to correct this. ...
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What's status of btrfs as root fs? [closed]

What is the current status of btrfs being the root filesystem including /boot; meaning that you do not need to create a separate /boot partition. I ask because I noticed on Debian 7 you cannot setup ...
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Solaris 10 - what is appserv and boot.server? What do they do?

I'm working in a Solaris 10 zone on legacy startup scripts in the /etc/rc3.d/ There are two items that I don't know what they do. I know how legacy start-up works but just don't know what these items ...
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Mint Linux 13 will not boot to splash screen after graphics driver enabling in hp dx2450:

I was trying to play some games on my computer and had graphics problems. I only have the on-board graphics (no graphics card added yet) but some of the games were extremely basic and still wouldn't ...
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How to boot FreeBSD system with broken bootcode?

I have an HDD (or SSD, or flash drive) with FreeBSD installed on it, and somehow I broke the bootcode (first 446 bytes of MBR). How could I boot into this FreeBSD?
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How to list all the files used during Linux boot

I would like to get the list of files that are used during the process of Linux boot. We are developing the protected enterprise system based on the RHEL 6.4. The integrity of specified files will be ...
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How to make a GRUB Rescue Disc?

I am afraid that my GRUB is corrupted (I do a lot of experiments on my PC) and I know that I will not be able to reinstall Debian (downloading takes up a lot of time). Also, I am just 13 so I don't ...
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Encrypted Zorin 7 Partition HELP!

I had Zorin 7 Encrypted Harddrive option installed on my laptop. I accidentally deleted important GRUB data trying to make more room in the boot folder i think? So the computer would no longer boot ...
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Arch Linux pacman -Syu breaks machine [closed]

Strange things have been going on with arch recently after I installed libreoffice. The first sign was that there were no longer any icons on my desktop. I thought this was strange so I rebooted, ...
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Can't boot any Linux except Ubuntu

Hello I wanted to switch to Linux, but the only distro so far I could even boot from a live USB was Ubuntu. I've tried Xubuntu, Manjaro, Linux Mint, and Elementary OS and none could boot, thought when ...
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Linux Mint Kde boots to Xsession fail

I've been trying to figure out this error I have. Its a fresh install of linux mint 15 kde. During the process of installing graphics drivers, steam, and a few other things I get this error at some ...