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

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Repair GRUB from Arch live CD

I'm trying to install Arch on sda8 (with swap on sda7) following the instructions here. I got to the part of setting up the WiFi a second time, but since I already have GRUB, I got lost at the section ...
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Can I avoid writing to the screen until a couple seconds before X11 is initialized?

On an embedded device running Linux, I am writing to the monitor from the bootloader (U-Boot) to display a given logo. Once the linux kernel is loaded, however, it clears the screen until X11 is ...
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Why do I need to specify two init images - initrd and boot - inside KVM to boot to bash?

My machine is running inside a KVM virtual machine (Parallels Desktop v8), having a BIOS (not UEFI), having one SATA drive connected, one GPT partition on that disk, the partition is ext4 formatted, ...
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Automatically memtest and then boot

Is there some way to reboot server, so it runs memtest (say, 1 or 2 passes) and then reboots back to Linux and writes report to some log? This feature in Windows Server 2012 helped me to diagnose bad ...
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Why does the kernel boot faster with less memory allocated?

This is not a important question, I'm just curious. Something strange happened, which isn't quiet clear to me: In the kernel command line, the amount of the memory can be set statically with the ...
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Move boot disk on SAN storage on Solaris 10

I'm looking for some infos/official docs/howto for migrating boot disks in a production enviroment server from internal disks to SAN on Solaris 10. It's possible for every kind of hw? It's also ...
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Can't boot FreeBSD after installation

I've installed FreeBSD on my system along with Windows 7 using this tutorial. When I turn on my PC the screen says something like this: F1 FreeBSD F2 Win F3 ? F6 PXE Boot: F1 _ Pressing F2 ...
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*ERROR* timed out waiting for panel to power on

I'm using Ubuntu 13.04 on Asus VX6 (1.8GHz Atom - 2 cores, optimus nVidia ION) with Kernel 3.9.0. When I start my system I get this error: [ 15.728106] [drm:intel_enable_lvds] *ERROR* timed out ...
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Unable to install the selected kernel

I have problem with my DVD drive. It's corrupted and when I'm trying to install Ubuntu it stucks (even with the miniISO) I was able to successfully start the OS from system rescue CD. I'd like to ...
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Why does my Pandaboard boot partition need to be vfat, and the rootfs need to be ext3 or ext4?

While booting Android on a Pandaboard, I am partitioning the SD card into two partitions, boot and root. They contain different filesystems. Why does the boot partition need to be vfat, while the ...
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How can I mount a dm_crypt device during boot, it fails all the time

EDIT: Problem solved, i updated from Debian 6.0.6 to 7.0.0, everything works now! I have a complex problem at booting. Basically, I have a debian apache box, as a music server in my home network. The ...
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How to troubleshoot kernel panic on boot

I'm trying to run Debian Linux on a Nokia IP710 firewall, but I can't get it to boot correctly: kernel panic every time. The firewall has a Pentium III 1Ghz and 512MB RAM. It has no vga, a very ...
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Silent boot opensuse without fbsplash

I want to boot my openSUSE 10.3 distro without any boot messages. I've looked at fbsplash, but it requires patching the kernel, a thing which I cannot do at the moment (not because I don't want it or ...
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Linux boots sometimes into kernel instead of Openbox

I have a Solid-Run Cubox and installed Debian Netboot on it. Now I want to configure it as webserver/kiosk PC to run a self made webapp. I installed xorg, openbox, apache/php libs and wrote my own ...
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KDE not loading without nomode tag in grub and bad resolution

I recently installed Linux Mint 13 KDE but it's not working fine. At first I had to use failsafe mode to boot because normal boot takes to a textual login. If I use normal boot and text login I'm not ...
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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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Fedora now tries to connect to wireless at boot?

In my Fedora 16 installation I've recently noticed that it tries to connect to wireless at boot (I have kernel messages turned on at boot so I can see it trying). The issue though is that my wireless ...
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BusyBox on persistent USB Livesystem

I fiddled a bit with creating a Live USB stick for creating a LFS system on my new computer. To make this easier I wanted to store some persistent data on it as well (settings, GCC, make and such ...
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why is grub2 ignoring kernel options when boot from el torito on CD?

I have a simple manually created grub.cfg file, which I load into grub-mkimage, then build into an el torito image on an iso9660 iso. Everything actually boots, but the kernel options are ignored ...
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LUKS decryption at boot: using an nfs mount to store the key

I've been through this site for a number of LUKS related questions. I've seen methods for storing the LUKS key in plaintext on the root filesystem or on a USB key. My question is: Is there a way ...
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Can't boot from live USB after Debian install

I've recently installed Debian on my old Itautec pc, from a live USB with a Jessie net install. Everything was working fine, but after trying to restore configurations from an old server, I ...
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lubuntu reduce size of vmlinuz file for PXE boot

I have poor knowledge about Linux systems, but Windows XP support is over. I have two older computers. I want install Lubuntu from PXE on this computers, but the problem is that they says "NBP is too ...
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Fedora 23 no longer bootable (GRUB: Minimal BASH-like line editing is supported.)

I have a dual boot on my laptop with Windows 10 and Fedora 23. Both were installed in EFI mode. It's been working fine, but I had to set the boot order to prioritize BOOTX64.EFI for it to start ...
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Numlock on by default on Linux Kali

I am fairly new to this version of Linux. I have it set so that when it boots, it automatically boots into the GUI for the operating system. This means when I load up the OS I am greeted with a login ...
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switch_root with systemd: “Too many levels of symbolic links”

I'm trying to boot a proprietary kernel build and OS after an upgrade to libc and numerous other tools. I'm booting using an initramfs in the 3.2.0 kernel with some utilities, like busybox. However, ...
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Create two boot options for the same distro but with post run options

I have a Raspberry Pi with Raspbian. I installed Kodi (with autorun) but I'd like to install RetroPie into Raspbian also. I'd like to have several grub options: one with Kodi in autorun, another ...
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who has loaded an identity mapped page table?

I want to understand Linux x86_64 's startup steps, after reading some articles and linux-3.14.65/Documentation/x86/boot.txt, and almost know that the first instruction to run in vmlinux is ...
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'Resuming' Ubuntu after battery died

I'm running Ubuntu 15.10 alongside OSX, usually booting into Ubuntu using rEFInd. Last night my laptop died while in Ubuntu due to lack of battery power, when trying to boot back into Ubuntu this ...
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Long boot time on debian : “usb 1-x: new high-speed USB device number y using xhci_hcd”

Hello when I boot my keyboard takes 2 to 3 minutes to get activated so it slows my boot tremendously as I need to enter a passphrase to unlock a partition. I booted using the kernel parameter ...
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Keyboard isn't working when it comes to enter the password for encrypted root

Hello I installed Debian, the entry in the NVRAM made by the installer isn't working so I boot it with refind using the following kernel parameters : rw nomodeset root=/dev/mapper/cryptroot ...
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Cannot boot kali linux after dist-upgrade, stucks at 'Loading initial ramdisk …'

I did a dist-upgrade from 4.3.0-kali1-amd64 to 4.4.0-kali1-amd64 but when I restart, the screen stucks at 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'. I had to use the advanced boot options to boot using ...
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Elementary OS Grub install failed

I'm trying to install Elementary OS on my PC via a bootable DVD, and whenever I try running the installer, I keep getting the message ACPI PCC Probe failed. Assuming that this is a graphics issue, I ...
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Where is my boot directory?

After going into developer mode on my Chromebook, I noticed something odd: chronos@localhost / $ ls / bin debugd dev etc home lib lib64 lost+found media mnt opt postinst proc root run ...
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Make changes to busybox/initramfs that are persistent?

I am in the process of recovering my 32-bit Debian Jessie box with a lvm+LUKS disk. I am coming back from a system that had a root partition but no boot partition. Grub executes, but either vmlinuz or ...
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How to Modify Android Boot Sequence in Order to Boot From an SD Card

I've been looking into how to boot Android form an SD card, and I came across this thread on XDA, but I am too much of a noob to understand it, and user has stated that she doesn't have the time to ...
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Error booting kernel 4.5.0-rc1 on Encrypted HDD

I cloned the Git tree of the mainline Linux Kernel and compiled it(version 4.5.0-rc1). After compiling with default configuration (make defconfig) I installed it. In the grub menu I can select this ...
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How should the `crypto` kernel parameter be passed?

I've encrypted a root drive using a cipher with this format: <cipher>-<chainmode>-<ivmode>:<ivopt>. Let's call this [CIPHER] for short. To boot from this device, certain ...
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timeout when initiating a sshfs connection

I have following line in /etc/fstab 192.168.1.10:/data /mnt/data fuse.sshfs rw,noauto,nosuid,nodev,noexec,_netdev and following line in /etc/rc.local: mount /mnt/data During boot process, ...
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Kali Linux Rolling doesn't boot, freezes after login

I have recently installed Kali Linux Rolling from my usb. Everything went fine and I have booted into it once and it worked well. But when I booted into my mac partition and then tried to boot back ...
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Configuring update-rc.d script for startup only

I'm running Yocto Poky and have a test script I want to run on startup only. The script just appends date to a file echo $(date) >> ~/test.txt. I add it to the daemon with: update-rc.d -f ...
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Several devices missing from lspci— why?

I've installed Debian 8.3 on an Acer Aspire, model number SW5-012, with the stock kernel 4.4.0-trunk-686-pae. Mostly, it's working fine. But there are a few devices which the kernel claims not to be ...
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Boot problem in lubuntu

I have an old msi u123 set up with lubuntu running 15.10. It works fine, but on each boot, I end up in a Recovery menu. I can select "resume" and it boots fine. I would like to try to correct whatever ...
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Attempted to dual boot linux with windows, not letting me boot into either

I was installing KALI on my computer alongside windows. My computer has 3 hard drives. One of them is a 1 TB hard drive running Windows 7. My two are 250 GBs and were both empty. I tried to install ...
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Debian Jessie machines hangs at “Loading, Please wait.”

I recently migrated to a larger hard drive (1TB WD Black WD 1003 FZEX, SATA/64 MB Cache). Cloning and growing the primary partition worked okay, but I have the issue of the machine intermittently ...
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Disable isc-dhcp-server form startup

I am working with isc-dhcp-server on ubuntu 14.04.1, and i don't want that it run on start up so I disabled it from rc with sudo update-rc.d -f isc-dhcp-server remove But it still run on startup, I ...
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Making XRANDR settings permanent

GNOME 3 Gnomebuntu - 15.10 I have an Intel NUC i3 6th gen and a 4k monitor with 32GB of ram. If I type the command xrandr after doing "xrandr -s 4096x2160" Screen 0: minimum 8 x 8, current 4096 x ...
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Lost credentials to a Linux VM

An employee, who left on bad terms, setup a linux server that we need access to but we can't login. It is setup on a hyper-v VM. When booted up it quickly loads the essential drivers then begins the ...
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How do I control what's mounted at Linux startup?

This might sound like, an "Edit /etc/fstab" answer. My fstab has the SD card mounted to /home directory. However, when I start the computer, the home directory ends up on the same partition as my / ...
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Ubuntu Mint 17.2 ,USB Mouse and Keyboard sometimes only works in Safe Mode

Occasionally , when I restart the computer. The usb mouse and keyboard do not work by the time its ready to log in. They always work in safe mode, and the keyboard and mouse always works on the duel ...
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Shutdown button in XFCE restarts computer

To turn off my Arch Linux laptop, I click the power button which brings up a panel where I can click "Shutdown" (among "reboot", "log off", etc). When I do, my computer shuts down and restarts after ...