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

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Overwrote Windows bootloader with Mint: how to restore? [closed]

I have encountered serious problem while experimenting with Ubuntu/Mint. A few days ago I felt like trying Linux. I had Windows 7 installed on my SSD drive. Since I had one free HDD I decided to ...
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What are the advantages of GRUB over LILO?

Why is GRUB so much more popular than LILO? The only distribution that I can think of that uses LILO by default is Slackware Linux. All other distributions use GRUB. To this day I've never understood ...
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What's the purpose of the --class option in grubs menuentry?

As the title say, why would I want to add a class to my menuentry (in grub2)? If I understand the grub manual correctly, it could be used with themes.. But is that all?
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Place grub on virtual disk

To learn about Linux startup process I placed grub in a disk image file and tried to boot using qemu. I currently has not put any kernel image into the drive just grub. I installed grub using kpartx -...
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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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arch linux boots into grub command line

I'm trying to install arch linux over virtual box guest machine in a UEFI mode. I've followed beginners guide to install base system, generate fstab and etc and my system now boots into grub command ...
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How to correct Linux file system permission?

I've recently install Elementary OS on my PC and i mistakenly installed a program named "mount management", apparently it changed my file-system permission or i guess it does (because i checked theme ...
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Freeze after /dev/sdaX: clean

I did a major update yesterday and after shutting down the computer and turning it on today, I constantly get jammed at: /dev/sdaX: clean 99999/999999 files, 999999/999999 blocks If I do CTRL+ALT+...
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linux boot issue

I found an entry in file /etc/ld.so.conf.d/cognos.conf which stopping linux to boot in the VM. Its going to recovery mode after boot. I am not getting grub prompt and os in read only mode. Solution ...
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Booting Linux OS from syslinux bootloader

I have a multiboot usb stick in /dev/sdb. The sdb1 partition contains linux distribution images and has syslinux installed on it. The second partition sdb2 has a Linux OS installed on it (Ubuntu). 1)...
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Mint pc boots to no video … or usb power. What's going on?

This is a problem that's truly got me stumped, and I've been doing support for several decades. I've set up my in-laws with a pc running Linux Mint 13 (so that they don't screw it up like they would ...
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Non bootable disk error with bootable USB drive

I have used UNetbootin to make a 4GB USB stick into a bootable media but keep running up against the same problem. I removed the partitions and formatted the USB drive as MBR and added a single FAT32 ...
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Kali linux throws ' isolinux.bin missing or corrupt ' error

I downloaded Kali Linux from this link, I have a 32 bit OS, so I guessed ISO 32 Kali Linux is the suitable for me (they did not clarify in the website based on what we choose the type). Then, I ...
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How can i dual-boot FreeBSD and PC-BSD — with GRUB2 in MBR?

I have a computer with several operating-systems installed on different partitions: FreeBSD PC-BSD Solaris Extended Partition / -partition for Linux-Mint Swap for Linux-Mint /home for Linux-Mint / -...
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Centos 7 - Encrypted installation won't boot

I installed CentOS 7 netinstall (minimal installation) on a VServer with the following partitions: /boot - 200MB - XFS / - 50GB - XFS Encrypted swap - 512MB - swap Encrypted I ...
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copy files from tftp server

AFAIU, When tftp server is used for pxe booting, the client sends a request to the server, and the server sends back few files (initrd, kernel, config, ...). The server can decide which files to send ...
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How can I count the time that needs systemd to boot a default target and then graph it?

When I wanted to know how long systemd actually needed to boot the default target, how would I do that ? An then, is it possible to create a graph to show which unit takes how much time to initialize ...
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How To create a FreeBSD 10 bootable USB?

Currently I am Using Linux Mint 17 and I want to dual boot FreeBSD and Linux Mint 17. How can I create Bootable USB for FreeBSD 10? I tried Unetbootin, Image writer and powerISO but it's not working....
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Login screen not appearing after upgrade from Debian Wheezy to Jessie

I upgraded from Debian Wheezy to Debian Jessie by changing sources from /etc/apt/source.list and running: apt-get update apt-get --download-only dist-upgrade apt-get dist-upgrade This operation ...
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Wrong iso file preventing from booting Debian dvd with uefi

I have this new computer (MSI Ge70 2PE Apache Pro) that came with Windows 8 and UEFI. I made a partition to install Debian testing 64bits on the same HD where Windows is. I had no problem making the ...
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CentOS 6.5 : machine with more that 1 TB RAM => “no free pages available” on boot

I have a upgraded a server with more than 1 TB of RAM, and it is unable to boot. With 768GB of RAM all is working fine. I got the following message : Trying to allocate 1005 pages for VMLINUZ. [...
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Installing Linux without UEFI

I have a old Dell Dimension 8400 whose motherboard does not have UEFI. I upgraded the RAM to 2 GB. Also, it does not have a CD drive anymore, so the only way to install an OS is through a flash ...
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Easy way initrd to chain loading another kernel with kexec

I have here a machine which won't boot 64-bit kernels (it has efi32 with a little bit of... uncommon firmware). Currently, my only way to boot my 64-bit linux system is: Booting a 32-bit distro ...
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“Register 0x00680500 not found in PLL limits table” boot error on Nvidia GTX750 Ti

I recently installed Debian Wheezy using a GTX 750 Ti; all went well until I tried to boot: the following was printed to the screen before freezing. [drm] nouveau 0000:01:00.0: 0x95C7 Init table ...
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Can't boot after grub update on Arch

I did an update yesterday and didn't reboot my laptop until I had a power failure. Upon rebooting I find that I have no hard drive (or so it claims). I've tried booting into an arch live disk and I ...
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ZFS support for linux kernel versions 3.16

Attempting to boot Funtoo with a debian-sources-3.16.2-3 kernel, in a system where the root file-system lives in a zpool, drops off to the rescue shell after failing to import the pool properly. Does ...
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How can I boot GParted in Arch Linux?

I'm trying to increase the size of my boot partition because Arch keeps complaining about it. I have GParted on a USB flash drive. When I restart, there's no option to boot from the flash drive ...
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Using pre-seeding and boot params for completely un-attended Debian install

I'm trying to use simple-cdd to create an complete unattended install of debian. I have created a preseed file that gets used - but the installer is still asking me three questions What is my region ...
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No volume groups found after restoring CentOS image to VirtualBox VM

I used Clonezilla to backup an HP Proliant server running CentOS 5.10. I restored the image to a VirtualBox VM but when I try to boot I get an error of "No volume groups found" "Volume Group "...
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Ext2 filesystem for /boot partition

Is the ext2 filesystem good for /boot partition? I set ext4 for / root partition, but wasn't sure which filesystem to select for the /boot partition, and I just set ext2. Does it matter in this case?
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How do I fix “Alert! Failed to detect one or more drives during post?”

After installing Linux Mint 17 xfce on my Optiplex 755 Computer, I received the following message on boot: Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager Option ROM v7.6.1.1001 ICH9R Copyright(C) 2003-07 Intel ...
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problem when booting linux server : Too many levels of symbolic links

By mistake, I executed these commands : sudo ln -sf bash /bin/sh sudo ln -sf bash /bin/bash When I rebooted the Linux server in recovery mode I got this message: init : Failed to spawn friendly-...
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shell script to run on boot on Mac OS X does not run all commands

On OS X, I am trying to use lingon to run a shell script upon booting. I have a file ~/desktop/_admin/boot/bootdocker.sh: #!/bin/bash boot2docker up export DOCKER_HOST=tcp://192.177.59.103:2475 My ...
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dual boot from two different harddrives, windows and lubuntu not working

I have a computer with two harddrives. I first installed my Windows 8.1 on my ssd taking up the whole drive. Then on my second 2TB I made 3 partitions. 1TB is dedicated to external storage, 500GB is ...
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How to “bless” a disc without access to OSX?

I have a MacBook Pro. The original harddrive died and has been replaced. I've installed Fedora20 on the new drive. The new drive was never "blessed" and thus boot takes 30 seconds longer than it ...
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Read pre-grub2 error messages

Grub2 displays an error message followed immediately by the menu. Without a high speed camera there is no way to read the message. Is there any way to see the error messages that grub2 displays before ...
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Encrypted ArchLinux: unable to find root device

I have a problem with my new installation of ArchLinux with an encrypted partition. I guess I have done the same steps as before and it works on my other machine. The error message I get is: ERROR: ...
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Linux 3.x init ramdisk embedded in bzImage?

Is the initial ramdisk embedded into the bzImage? How to load an rootfs.cpio as a ramdisk and switch the root?
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30 second gap in boot process

I did a full upgrade on my Debian system (jessie/sid). Unfortunately there is now a 30 second gap on the bootup and I really don't know where it comes from and where I have to look to find it. I ...
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Kali Linux USB Live Boot Not Working

I downloaded the Kali Linux ISO 64-bit off of this page: http://www.kali.org/downloads Then, I used the Kali Linux Live USB Install Procedure on this page for Windows. I boot my computer from my ...
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Boot Error Debian: “ata3: softreset failed (device not ready)” [closed]

I am trying to figure out why I am getting this boot errors. I have looked all through the dmesg, boot.log, kern.log. I also have a few modprobe -b pci:<PCI ID> errors during boot on the screen ...
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Booting Linux minimally

I am trying to boot just linux itself. It's mostly for the learning experience. I got a small HDD with only one ext4 partition looking like this: /bin/bash /dev/console /boot/vmlinuz ...
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Boot linux on pendrive error: No configuration file found

I created a bootable flash drive using Universal USB Installer. However, the error message appears to start it: No configuration file found How to solve this problem? I've got sometimes with this ...
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Ubuntu server boot assigns names to NICs erratically but all traffic is handled on only one NIC

I have two NICs, em1 and p3p1 on my Ubuntu 14.04 Server. During boot, network interface eth0 is renamed to both em1 and p3p1 but the order is not consistent from one boot to another. In use ALL ...
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Make an SD card to boot the distribution image created with Yocto

I have managed to build images for my own compiled Linux kernel source code using Yocto. Yocto has produced image files according to: http://www.crashcourse.ca/wiki/index.php/...
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Mysterious Reboot Preventing Debian from Loading

I recently picked up a cheap, oldish computer at a yard sale. It contained a 80GB SATA hard drive with Windows XP, but I want to turn it into a LAN FTP server, so I tried to set up dual-booting Debian ...
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Live file system error using EasyBCD

Error message: (initramfs) Unable to fund a medium containing a live file system I know this question is a common one, but I used EasyBCD to boot from the iso and it all worked up to a certain point ...
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Looking at the source files, where does Linux start executing?

I would like to read a bit of the source code to try and understand how it all fits together, but cannot see where to start. Which file in the Linux source code is the main file used to compile the ...
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Which Hex code for /boot partition

I planned to install ArchLinux on my laptop. I'm only at the begining, trying to understand all the step before doing them. I'm only at the first step, i.e. partitioning, that I already have a small ...
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Why would a partition be in use by the system if it isn't mounted?

I've been migrating my system from btrfs to ext4 after running into performance issues with VMs. I have two hard drives in my laptop to work with. I've successfully moved my home partition, but the ...