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

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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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Can't get past EFI to install RHEL on HP Itanium Server

When I am trying to install RHEL (6.3, 5.8, 4.8) on an HP Integrity Server rx2660 Itanium with 4GB RAM, I keep getting to the same point which is Loading file efi\boot\initrd.img...done After that ...
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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

Tales of woe (or, the backstory) 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 ...
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Booting linux from usb using EFI

I need to use a USB drive as an installation media for my Mint and Ubuntu. For that I have unetbootin to make the usb bootable. But my PC only supports EFI boot (while adding the boot device, I need ...
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Booting a newly compiled linux kernel

I have started reading the book Essential Linux Device Drivers. I am following the process for compiling and booting into a new kernel. However I am unable to boot into the newly compiled kernel - I ...
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login prompt not displayed after boot

On my Arch linux (x86-64) I use default login prompt (agetty + login), then after login X is automatically started by bash profile. After an update this weekend the login prompt from both agetty and ...
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“Missing operating system” error on boot

I replaced Windows 8 with Linux Mint. After the installation had completed, I restarted only to face a black screen with missing operating system. I thought the problem was with Mint so I decided to ...
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Fedora 17 boot hangs after changing to CDM

I am running the stock Xfce spin of Fedora 17 in a VirtualBox virtual machine, and just installed the CDM display manager via yum. I modified the /etc/cdmrc file to start xfce, and added the following ...
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Battery not detected on my embedded device on reboot

I have an ARM based embedded device with Linux Kernel 2.6.31 running on it. I have seen that while rebooting the device sometimes battery won't get detected and the device will just fail to boot. Any ...
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How can I tell what memory RAM address range is being used by uboot?

I am in uboot and was wondering, how could I tell what RAM address range is being used by uboot. uboot needs memory to run so it might be using some of the RAM. I want to avoid modifying those RAM ...
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Why is bash used in boot scripts?

Why programs run at boot/shutdown are written in bash script? If a compiled language (or a faster interpreted language, like Python) was used, then its running time would be shorter.
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Boot Linux system from a subdirectory on a partition?

I would like to try to set up a computer so that it has multiple Linux installs all in the same filesystem. For example, the filesytem would have 3 folders: /Ubuntu_Precise, /Ubuntu_Oneiric, and ...
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slitaz 4.0 grub2 loopback concatenate multiple initrd images

I'm trying to get slitaz 4.0 ISO to boot using a grub2 loopback on a multiboot USB; insmod font if loadfont /boot/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then insmod gfxterm # insmod efi_gop # insmod efi_uga ...
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How can I test the RAM for data corruption on an ARM-based system?

I have an embedded device. It is ARM based, with Linux 2.6.31 and has 256 MB RAM. I wanted to get some ideas/tips on what is the most effective way to test the device RAM for data corruptions. Is ...
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How to configure Syslinux to load the kernel images from a different partition or disk?

I'm running Archlinux using Syslinux as a bootloader. Right now the kernel image and initramfs are in /boot and all of the Syslinux stuff (configuration file and modules) are in /boot/syslinux. I'm ...
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LILO vga option

In LILO config file (/etc/lilo.conf) what's the difference between specifying vga option in Global section and when specifying it in per-image section.
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Difference between bootable and non-bootable partitions

What is the difference between a bootable and non-bootable partition? I know that a user cannot boot a system from a partition marked non-bootable and can from one marked bootable. I want to know ...
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How do I boot from a liveusb using qemu-kvm?

I am trying to get qemu-kvm to boot from my live usb stick. Is this possible?
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Arch Linux system borked after update [closed]

I have been running arch on my macbook 5,2 since I purchased it back in 2009. This morning I did a full system update (after a few months going without updates) and found some things not working, ...
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Fresh Linux (Debian and CentOS) installation will not boot

I am trying to install either Debian or CentOS on a home server (Fujitsu PRIMERGY TX100 S3). I first tried installing Debian. The whole installation was successful (including grub). But after ...
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Create Logical Volume Snapshot at boot and before mount

I'm using Kubuntu 11.10 and before I upgrade to 12.04, I want to make snapshots of my filesystems. Coming to think of that, I realized that it can be very useful to create snapshots of logical volumes ...
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Booting Laptop with external monitor stalls

Whenever I try to boot linux with an external monitor attached to my laptop, it hangs after checking the battery state with the following message repeated several times: ...crtc_helper_set_config... ...
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/ readonly on boot, but don't see why. how to investigate and fix?

Root filesystem mounted fine under squeeze, and after I upgraded to wheezy. I've been living with it for a bit, so I'm not exactly sure, but I think it started after doing a dist-upgrade on wheezy, ...
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How to add boot parameters in arch linux

I want to add i915.i915_enable_rc6=1 as a kernel line as described here but I'm unsure where/how exactly.
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How do I install Ubuntu from Suse?

I just got a new laptop (HP ProBook 4520s), and I don't have my PC here, with which I used to create bootable USB's to install Ubuntu with. I only have an USB, an external hard drive, and some ...
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CentOS eth0 not starting

Why would my new CentOS Virtual Machine not start eth0 on startup? I have to start it manually every time. How can I fix this? Thanks.
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Why does boot fail with my custom kernel at the mknod step?

I want to build a custom kernel under Ubuntu. I configured and built the new kernel. The new kernel hasn't initrd and comes from vanilla source. I build this new monolithic kernel only with drivers it ...
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How can I debug Apache, not starting upon boot

Apache is already set up as a service, since: $ sudo update-rc.d apache2 defaults System start/stop links for /etc/init.d/apache2 already exist. But Apache isn't starting. How can I start ...
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How can I autostart GDM on Fedora 15?

I am trying to load Compiz on my Fedora 15 desktop. When I finished installing the compiz packages, I restarted. However, it started in text terminal mode and the gui didn't load automatically. I ...
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Black screen when installing Fedora 16

I have read many other threads here and elsewhere but found no solution... I'm trying to install Fedora 16 x86-64. At random points during installation I get black screens that do not go away. I ...
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boot_archive file in solaris

Does anyone know what is that boot_archive file. It is located under /platform/sun4v/ /platform/sun4v> du -sh * | sort -rn 342M boot_archive **** 190M failsafe 106K lib 71K bootlst 12M ...
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How do I create more /dev/tty entries and /dev/ptmx on boot up?

After building kernel 3.2.13 and installing via RPM on my system, I have this problem: There is no /dev/ptmx which the rest of my system is expecting. There is actually a /dev/tty/ptmx device ...
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Bash Script Detects Key Down At Boot

I want to customize my run level scripts based upon a key combo pressed at boot. How to I test for key presses as early as possible from boot? Do I need to do something special, like for example: ...
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Why does Linux allow ‘init=/bin/bash’?

I recently found out that if I edit GRUB before booting and I add rw init=/bin/bash I end up with a root shell. Being in a condition that I want to understand everything I would like to know why this ...
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Fedora 16 install from USB memory stick to Samsung NP305U1A netbook will not boot

I have installed Fedora 16 from a USB memory stick. After installing, which seems to work just fine, and after rebooting I end up in the BIOS. I can not find which BIOS settings to use and have not ...
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Help fix corrupt GRUB

I have multiple partitions on the hard drive of my laptop (1 Crunchbang/Debian, 1 Windows, 1 Windows Recovery), I booted on the "recovery" partition for the first time and the graphics were completely ...
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Should I use LILO or GRUB or other?

I am making a netinstall DVD which will have netinstall for 10 different Linux distros on it. I will need to install a bootloader on the disk so I can choose which distro I want to install. Which is ...
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Why does the /boot partition get updated when I install software

Based on some recommendations I read online, on install of a new (Ubuntu) system, I made my /boot partition separate from / and small in size (only around 50 MB). It makes sense to me that you would ...
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Load module from the boot menu

Is there a way to insert/load a module at the boot menu in Suse? I'm referring to the menu in the screenshot below (this isn't from my machine, just a similar screenshot I took from the web). I ...