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

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GRUB won't boot, live CDs either

First, my computer crashed slowly, as if all the files were being deleted, then when I tried to reboot, GRUB just didn't show up. I also tried to boot on a live CD but it doesn't work either (yes, ...
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Boot-loader to boot to an encrypted partition [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Linux boot loaders supporting full disk encryption? I am looking for a Boot-loader which is smart enough to boot from an Encrypted partition. I want to place the kernel ...
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Fresh Install of Ubuntu Grub rescue

I have a fresh install of Ubuntu 11.04 from DVD on a wiped hard drive. After it finished installing it asked me to remove the media and hit enter. Which I got the message: error: no such device: ...
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Red Hat cannot boot after clone with dd

I used dd to clone a x4100 server with Linux Red Hat. The hardware is identical for old and new servers. Disks are sda, sdb and sdc(sdc1 and sdc2). But newly restored server gives following errors and ...
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Does GRUB consider partition order when looking for config files?

I have a HD which has 3 partitions, in the following order: NTFS FAT32 FAT32 (very small) I want to install GRUB into the MBR of the HD, and place the config files (menu.lst, etc.) into the 3rd ...
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Installing Fedora from USB key

How do I load a Fedora DVD iso onto USB so I can install it from there. I've tried dd as in here: Fedora instructions but for some reason this didn't work. Here's what I've tried: sudo dd ...
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Why won't my X Server won't start as a regular user?

X won't start on my main machine. I can start it as root, but then it only logs me in as root -- I can't use my regular user account. When I start up, it flashes a black screen, then hangs at ...
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How to completely rebuild boot partition with grub as well?

openSUSE 11.4, I have boot partition on pendrive. The problem is when I boot computer, grub immediately shows error "file not found" (I have no clue which file) and switches to "rescue mode". I can ...
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Why does the Linux installation fail on this machine?

I have tried to install Ubuntu and ArchLinux on the machine and the installation went fine but the boot process fails with both system. In the case of Arch the boot doesn't even start. In the case of ...
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Live-CDs no longer boot as expected

For some reason on my office machine every Linux Live-CD either takes forever to boot or goes to a terminal interface instead of the expected GUI. I used to boot to an Ubuntu 10.10 Live-CD and ...
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How can I run a process in a terminal window and then hide that window?

I want to run python ~/program/proxy.py in a terminal when I boot up. And then hide this terminal window (because it is just a proxy program, and I don't want to see the debug info). So how can I get ...
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e4rat in Fedora 15

Has anyone tried installing e4rat and optimizing boot-time in Fedora 15? This ext4 defragmenting and optimizing utility works wonderfully in Debian. I am wondering if someone has replaced Fedora's ...
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Grub2 RAID /boot

I'm using Gentoo on my HomeServer. My HDDs are raid1 mirrored with mdadm. My problem is how to boot the /boot partition correct? /dev/md1 consists of /dev/sdc2 & /dev/sdd2 mounted on /boot In ...
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Can I split /boot to a different partition on a single partition system?

I have set up my system, configured it and everything, using only one partition for / (ext4). So no separate home, boot, swap etc. So the question is: Is there a way to go from this configuration ...
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Creating a boot splash screen

I've been designing a Linux distro and trying to incorporate a nice user experience into it in the form of pleasing art and an interface that won't confuse or overwhelm first-time Linux users. The ...
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How can I prevent someone from gaining root access through the bootloader?

On Ubuntu 10.10 I can login as root without the root password by replacing ro quiet splash with rw init=/bin/bash. How can I secure my machine and disable this backdoor?
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Silent booting Linux from u-boot

For security reasons I have to boot Linux from u-boot with all output hidden (silently) until a password is entered. I've configured uBoot to do this correctly using the CONFIG_AUTOBOOT_KEYED macro ...
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Can't open the initial console on ARM S3C2440 running utuLinux

I try to mount an NFS filesystem to the target board ARM s3C2440. I've started the NFS service and the portmap service. The server operating system is Ubuntu 10.04. I use minicom to communicate with ...
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How to optimize Arch linux boot time?

I've had Arch Linux installed on my system for a while now, but the problem is that it takes way too much time to boot. And so, I'm trying to optimize the boot process. A Google search led me to ...
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Oracle 11g database startup automation on Fedora 15

I successfully installed Oracle 11g on a Fedora 15 system using this guide. Unfortunately, unlike when I'm using Windows, it seems I need to restart the database every single time I reboot my machine ...
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Set runlevel at boot via hardware (analog) input, switch, etc.?

I've got pretty solid Linux experience, but little in the embedded/small system area, and this one has me baffled. I've agreed to help a friend work on a project using a tiny little x86-compatible ...
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Coreboot + QEMU Tutorial Request (Google has failed)

Can anyone point me in the direction of an end-to-end idiot-proof coreboot+qemu tutorial? I'm having trouble understanding how qemu is set up to emulate different hardware (also having trouble ...
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How to check on which drives grub2 has actually installed an MBR?

I'm on a Debian/Squeeze system (with a history going back to at least Woody) which was upgraded to grub2 as part of the Squeeze upgrade. All works well, but I'm about to mess with the disk ...
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No space on device when removing a file under OpenSolaris

While trying to mount a NFS share (exported from an OpenIndiana server) on a client box, the OI server crashed. I got the black screen of death, what looked like a log dump, then the system restated. ...
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description of linux kernel boot parameters 'real_root' and 'cdroot'

I am looking for a formal description of the following boot parameters in the linux kernel: real_root cdroot I have problems tuning them to create my own bootable LiveUSB system. Are they ...
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HP Laptop refused to boot Arch or Fedora CDs but boots Debian based fine

My Laptop a HP Probook 4510s refuses to boot Fedora or Arch Linux CD'S, But will boot and install Debian based stuff ie Debian, Ubuntu. If it put a fedora or arch CD in it will just stick on BIOS ...
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How to set keyboard layout used to enter password on an encrypted filesystem?

After my upgrade to Debian 6 (Squeeze), the keyboard layout used to enter the password of encrypted filesystem has been changed. How can I revert it back to previous one? My understanding is that, ...
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boot messages for wireless nic in Fedora 14

After a recent install of Fedora 14, I had to build the firmware for my Broadcom 4311 wireless nic. I got the wireless working, but only after adding modprobe b43 to the rc.local file. On every ...
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Debian Squeeze not booting anymore

My machine is not booting anymore. It is a debian squeeze server on amd64 with 4 hard disks and 2 software raids (md4 and md5). You can watch this video of the screen after switching it on. (The video ...
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How to boot Debian into text mode without using GUI?

How can I boot Debian into text mode? My mouse and keyboard are working in GRUB, but when the login screen appears they don't, so I can't do anything.
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mknod permanent in archlinux

I have a custom kernel module (on ArchLinux) that I can load manually and interact with. What I would like to do is have it loaded at boot time. So far I have managed to get the device appear in ...
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How to boot from iso with Grub2/Burg boot loader

I'm using Ubuntu as my primary OS and alternative is Windows 7 for gaming, and another stuffs. I want to have menu to boot some live CD ISO. Is there anyway to make menu entry in Grub2/Burg to boot ...
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Can I install Mint to another hard drive without booting from it?

Is there an easy way, given an ISO image for Linux Mint, to install it to an empty hard drive from within my existing Ubuntu installation? I don't have any CDs or appropriate USB devices at hand, so ...
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Red Hat Kernel Upgrade problem

I'm using a Red Hat 4 Enterprise Linux. But, when I upgrade the kernel, an error occurred. And after, when computer is booting with new kernel (red hat enterprıse 2.6.9-100.el), I receive the ...
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GRUB File Not Read Correctly

I was installing Gentoo when I ran into problems with the bootloader. Whether I used the automatic or manual installation method, GRUB always threw the following error: The file /boot/grub/stage1 ...
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VirtualBox guest hangs when: Starting Apparmor profiles

I have a Fedora 14. I installed the Ubuntu 11.04 i386 mini.iso in Virtualbox. After install when I reboot it it just hangs with this message: /dev/mapper/vg-root: tiszta, 52354/5103616 fájl, ...
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minimal install, still want gnome!

I'm at the stage of the install of Fedora 15 where I choose what software to install. I want less so I'm going for "minimal" and "Customize now". What do I need to tick to get the machine to boot ...
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I deleted files from my Linux box's /boot directory and now it won't boot

I deleted files from /boot to save space, but now when I boot I see: GRUB loading, please wait ... ERROR 15 /boot still has files corresponding to the 2.6.32-27 version of Linux. But I deleted ...
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In linux console (no X), how to stretch console screen to fit monitor

Google could not help me with this problem. I hope you guys can. When I boot my computer, the first few screens presented to me by BIOS and boot menu are stretched to fit the LCD screen. Once Linux ...
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rpcbind-“warning” on boot

On my debian testing system, I get these messages in my /var/log/boot file: Starting rpcbind daemon...rpcbind: Cannot open '/var/run/rpcbind/rpcbind.xdr' file for reading, errno 2 (No such file or ...
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why is this init.d-script not being executed at system reboot?

I have a selfmade init.d script on a Linux box that worked fine with Debian 4 and Debian 5 but with Debian 6 (fresh install) it gets only executed at system boot but not before rebooting. The script ...
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How to run command at startup in linux? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Bash Script on Startup? (Linux) I want to run some commands at boot time.
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BTX loader manual

I Can't find any good manual/reference about BTX bootloader integrated into FreeBSD. Especially I would like to know: if it's functionality resembles GRUB 2. For example, if it can boot OS other ...
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Kernel panic - not syncing: No init found. While booting from U-Boot

Kernel mounted the root file system but can not find any init script. I'm sure that script exists in my ramdisk.img! I also checked out this and GE863-PRO3 U-BOOT Software User Guide 1VV0300777 Rev. ...
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Relationship of keyboard layout and xmodmap

I'm using Xubuntu. Before login I can choose a keyboard layout. I'm using xmodmap for remmaping some keys. I'm interested in two things: How the state of keyboard mapping changes when I turn the ...
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Arch installs but GRUB does not load

I installed Arch Linux from a USB flash drive. Everything went well, no errors at all. When I rebooted, however, I got only a blank screen with a blinking cursor. No GRUB. I cannot input anything. I'm ...
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How to troubleshoot udev not creating /dev/hda3 on gentoo boot?

My old gentoo laptop seem to have an issue with udev probably due to me updating software using emerge, upgrading udev+kernel, getting some messages "do these things after upgrading udev/kernel" and ...
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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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2 distros/1 PC: can I suspend one of them, then boot into the second one?

There are 2 linux distros on my pc: an ubuntu 10.04 and a fedora 14. If I suspend e.g.: the ubuntu are there any chances that I can boot into Fedora? Or that's impossible because the suspend uses the ...
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Flash drive won't boot or mount after trying to create installation medium

I have a 1GB USB flash drive which I wanted to use as an installation medium for Linux distros. My first experiment was to be installing Arch on an old laptop (old enough that if I really messed it ...