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

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FIPS integrity test failed

I recently enabled the fips module in my CentOS 6 machine using this guide. During reboot, the system halted with this error: SELF TEST FAILED (/usr/lib64/hmaccalc/sha512hmac.hmac) dracut: FATAL: ...
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Unable to set luminosty with a usb boot

When I boot from a live USB I can't adjust luminosity. I need to plug a VGA screen to my laptop in order to be able to see the screen. I managed to fix that when I installed Ubuntu with the ...
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Backbox install only shows grey screen

I am installing BackBox-4.3-amd64 (ISO downloaded from website) onto a HP G60-630US laptop (64bit) via USB and I get a grey screen instead of the option to install or run live. It says Backbox will ...
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Where do these boot log entries come from and who creates them?

I'm wondering what kind of code writes these first two lines into /var/log/syslog while booting my machine: Aug 4 10:13:48 HOSTNAME kernel: imklog 5.8.11, log source = /proc/kmsg started. Aug 4 ...
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How to edit debian installer boot paramaters?

I need to edit the boot parameters of the Debian installer to add priority=critical to the arguments. (this is for preseeding). what should i do to apply these parameters to the installer.
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Unable to boot Linux Mint due to Wi-Fi adapter

I have a Lenovo Flex 2 14D notebook with AMD A8 processor and factory installed Win 8.1 OS. Recently I dual-booted it with Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon. However the boot fails all the time. I ...
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Installing a bootloader on a mac

Due to a somewhat odd requirement for a particular linux installation, with a particular software suite, I found it best to use ddrescue to populate the harddrive with the partitions and their data. ...
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Disable laptop keyboard to only use USB keyboard

I need to disable my laptop's keyboard so that keyboard can only be used via USB. I am not using X, I am on the Linux console. The solution should be able to start as early in the boot process as ...
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Grub reboots PC after showing only “Grub loading.”

I have this old computer I use for the more experimental OSes, and about a month ago I installed Gentoo on it, with GRUB2 as boot loader. Everything worked fine, but every boot it would show an error ...
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How to defend against a Live USB computer hack

A Linux installation can be simply hacked by using a live USB/CD, gaining root access on the live distro, chrooting to the target filesystem and running passwd root. One can use grub too. There may be ...
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is it possible to run ubuntu kernel on fedora root filesystem?

My concern is theoretical possibility of running ubuntu kernel with fedora root filesystem (e.g. 3.2.58 ubuntu kernel on fedora 22). It's long story why I need this.. Also, I have no chance to make ...
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Arch Linux Boot Halts on “Started Authorization Manager.”

I was using Arch Linux on my laptop, and during the shutdown procedures there was something making it wait and during that time my laptop ran out of batteries. Now when I try to boot it halts. This ...
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Uboot pass arguments to kernel!

How uboot can pass command line argument to kernel? I did some googling and got to know that it uses bootargs environment variable.There it was mentioned that setenv bootargs key=value.Since I am ...
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how to completely blank video output on boot (no kernel logging, grub output, etc.)

So, this is an inversion of the classic question: "Why is my terminal blank on boot?" -- How do I make my terminal blank on boot? I'm creating a Debian Wheezy system with GRUB as the boot loader that ...
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grub2: error: /vmlinuz-3.16-ucs109-amd64.efi.signed has invalid signature

I am using a derivative of Debian, called Univention Corporate Server. It's a nice appliance that I use for my home server. Yesterday I upgraded to the newest version and since then my server does not ...
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Boot to different partition after restore of operating system

Let's say I have a server with one RAID with 3 partitions: P1 - 20G OS / programs P2 - 190G Data P3 - 20G unused If I ever need to roll back P1 to a previous state, and I've restored a past ...
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How to get the values for “set root” in menuentry while setting password for GRUB2 on CentOS 7

I need to disable single user mode on my servers running CentOS 7. I read the RedHat documentation on what goes to /etc/grub.d/40_custom and how to encrypt the password and all but one details makes ...
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Failed to start user service: unknown unit: user@0.service after grub launch

First I have to let you know that I got absolutely no knowledge about linux and need help and explaination like Im 3. So, Im on holidays and I have no live cd with me. I tried to install crome and ...
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Why my manufacturer splash screen is not showing?

I recently installed Fedora 22 on a dual-boot with Windows 8 on the other. But, since I installed it, I have had the following problem: When I press my power button to switch it on, the screen just ...
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Live USB - Tails tries to boot but ends up booting into Kali Linux

I have a bootable USB drive with Tails and Kali Linux on it, among others. Kali boots fine. However when I try to load Tails, it manages to get past the Tails loading screen but then the Kali logo ...
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Boot Debian netinst CD to RAM?

Is it possible to boot an install CD to RAM? I want to boot the CD and eject it before I proceed with the setup. And when not, where do the changes have to be made, to get a "toram" boot option?
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Grub 2 multi image boot disk boots some images but restarts on others

The issue I'm having is that my bootable usb I have only works with certain boot images, to be more specific it will boot Ubuntu desktop iso images but not Ubuntu server. If I try to boot Ubuntu ...
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how do I make a grub boot disk with multiple boot images

How do I use commands (I'm doing everything on Ubuntu) to create a bootable usb that displays a grub menu automatically when booted from, on that grub menu lists some boot images (downloaded from ...
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What is the difference between the /boot partition files and the /boot directory in root? [duplicate]

After having trouble with booting Linux after installing Windows 7 on a separate SSD, I am just wondering, what is the benefit of creating a separate /boot partition during installation? I remember ...
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An error during boot that I can not see

When I boot fedora, It shows an failure about modules and it disappears and then splash appears. I checked the /var/log/boot.log but there was no errors or failures there. Where can I find it?
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Linux fails with starting on a dualboot system after Windows update

I have Windows 7 and Kali Linux on my computer, normally I don't use windows anymore. But today I started windows and it updated itself. I am writing my thesis and all my stuff is in Linux so I really ...
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Where in the kernel /dev/kmsg gets initialized?

I'm trying to figure out at which point in the boot up process /dev/kmsg gets initialized and can thus be written. On my system the first line that occurs in dmesg is printk(KERN_INFO "Initializing ...
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Problem booting Ubuntu (or any OS), even after doing clean installs

Summary: OS (Ubuntu / Windows) installs fine, but when the time comes to restart and boot, it doesn't boot. (Gets stuck; screen blinks and I am still at boot selector). Can boot to a live ...
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How to get more info about the boot message “Waiting for /dev to be fully populated”

during the boot of my Debian I see Waiting for /dev to be fully populated and then a timeout expires, the text is rapidly scrolling and so I cannot read it; the boot process continue with no ...
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How to save a file from an initramfs emergency shell?

I can't boot because of some strange error. There is an error report file generated for me, to supposedly submit it along with a bug report, or whatever. So to help me figure out what the problem is, ...
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New-installed debian system hangs on boot (probably a hardware issue, likely USB, maybe Ethernet?)

I recently migrated an entire system from Crunchbang 11 to vanilla Debian 8.1 (in the cleanest way possible --- backed it all up, blew away the old install, reinstalled the old /home and /usr/local, ...
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Getting “No DEFAULT or UI configuration directive found” when booting from USB

I made a bootable Freya-OS USB. It works fine in my laptop. But, when I am trying to boot my desktop from the USB, it shows this error: "No DEFAULT or UI configuration directive found". Syslinux ...
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Linux Mint doesn't recognize hdd in ahci mode after kernel upgrade

Sometimes ago after a kernel update (or more, I didn't reboot, just did sleep/resume day in day out) I finally tried to reboot and got kernel panic problem you can see at the screenshot ('VFS: cannot ...
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Full Linux Install On USB Drive - GRUB Problems

I recently bought a new laptop and decided to install Kali Linux on it. However, the laptop (an Asus Zenbook btw.) has a 128GB drive which is not very much. That is why I bought a 64GB, SanDisk, ...
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Arch Bootable drive doesn't boot

I have a usb with a live arch distro (created with the dd method in the wiki). On one computer I can override the boot and boot into arch instead of ubuntu (the only other system, in UEFI mode, if ...
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Cloned server will only boot read-only

I have cloned one of my servers that is about the to be shut down into a virtualbox machine. I used rsync for that, remembering to keep the relevant attributes etc. I also modified fstab. I have ...
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Advice Needed for Grub2 Rescue Prompt

When I boot my system, I receive the following Error Message on my screen: error: no such partition. Entering rescue mode... grub rescue> After seeing the error, I plugged in an external USB ...
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Unable to Boot After removing Old Kernels

I removed old linux-image and linux-header files to free up space in /boot. I did this first by purging them in terminal, and when I noticed some issues with how the the operating system performed, i ...
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Boot live img files in grub

I've compiled a purely 32-bit version of Android that I'm attempting to boot on a device with a 32 bit UEFI. How the heck do I configure GRUB2 to load a live img file? The image file contains the ...
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Oracle Solaris 11.2 hangs during installation

I'm in the process of installing OracleSolaris 11.2 (taken from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/solaris11/downloads/install-2245079.html) on PC with the following spec: Intel Core2 ...
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EFI dual-boot problem on HP Pavilion 15 with Windows 8 and Debian 8

Context HP Pavilion 15 Notebook, when I bought it there was Windows 8 pre-installed. Yesterday I partitioned my hard disk and I installed a fresh new Debian 8 everything fine, here's the table: ...
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After installing Kali Linux next to Windows 8.1, I can see it (using rEFInd), but it cannot boot

I have an MSI laptop that came with Windows 8.1. Originally, I wanted to get Ubuntu on it using dual boot, because I need both windows only and Linux only tools for my studies. I do not remember the ...
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how do I do a command line only boot of CentOS 7?

Can someone please explain how to trigger a command line only boot of CentOS 7 from a USB boot stick? I want to boot the terminal only and then use the normal CentOS 7 terminal to swap out the ...
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OpenIndiana installation hangs with unsupported PCIe card in

I'm trying to install OpenIndiana (taken from http://dlc.openindiana.org/isos/151a8/oi-dev-151a8-live-x86.iso or server version http://dlc.openindiana.org/isos/151a8/oi-dev-151a8-text-x86.iso) on a ...
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Load root partition on embedded linux system

I'm using a zynq-7000 SoC, running a custom petalinux build, which is on an SD card. The boot partition contains a boot.bin (the bootloaders etc) and an image (containing the kernel). The root ...
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RAID boot drive not found after mdadm upgrade

I was having trouble getting a new RAID array to assemble on startup, and before anyone responded to that post, I tried updating mdadm, but this ended up taking a very long time because of all the ...
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centos 7 dual boot with windows 8.1

How do I install CentOS 7 alongside Windows 8.1 to create a dual boot machine? I did this easily enough on a Windows 7 machine using pendrivelinux. But that approach is resulting in a failure to ...
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Boot failure: no errors, but I can't access the shell

I just installed a new RAID 1 array as /dev/md2 to a server. It mounted correctly and I was able to read/write. I edited fstab and rebooted, but was unable to ssh in. I then plugged in a keyboard and ...
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saving file to usb stick while using linux boot stick

I am using the instructions in this youtube video to install CentOS 7 on a new computer that is running Windows 8. The tutorial uses UniversalUSBInstaller from PenDriveLinux, but the installation is ...
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HDMI non responsive after boot

I have a QNAP NAS-269G with Ubuntu 12.11 Server installed on it. When I plug a monitor to it via HDMI it shows the entire boot process. Then when the log in prompt should normally show the screen goes ...