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PXE USB BOOT Debian

I have installed a Debian. I rsynced it. I load it on my client through PXE from NFS to make a backup. But I need my Computer(NFS-host) at the same time to make something other with it. For example, ...
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Stuck on installing grub to a usb stick (unknown filesystem/no such partition)

I just spend all day on trying to get my system to boot again, I'm getting a bit desperate...snif. The setup is as follows: a debian installed in a luks encrypted usb hard disk with lvm volumes for ...
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Memory test while booting . Unable to boot Ubuntu 12 04 LTS

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. All of a sudden, my I'm unable to load the OS. A memory test is happening while I'm trying to boot the system.
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GRUB2 Edit Mode problem

I have recently installed Fedora 18 using UEFI. The problem I'm facing is that when I try to go into edit mode in GRUB, my PC freezes, displaying just a black square instead of text. Unfortunately I ...
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How to check Grub2 config file?

When I boot my Fedora 19, I get a very brief error message when Grub2 loads. It's too quick to read, as it switches to the graphical mode almost instantly. My idea is to test the config file. I ...
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Unable to Boot into F17

I was currently running Win8 and F17 as a dual boot on my home desktop with an i5 chip and Asus UEFI BIOS. Unfortunately, while I was in Win8 I accidentally removed the partition that held my F17 OS. ...
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Install linux from USB without bios support

I have an old PC where I want to install Debian from "smaller CD" (up to 40mb, rest will be downloaded). I have made a bootable usb from this Debian. The problem is, my computer is so old that it ...
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Why does eth0 only go up sometimes on boot?

I just installed Arch with Archboot. On boot, there's about 50% change of eth0 to go up. If it doesn't I'll have to reboot. What could cause this? If it goes up, dmesg contains: [ 7.9...] IPv6: ...
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Fedora 17 freezes at loading screen with a CD-based installation

I'm trying to install F17 on my laptop (Toshiba A-665 ... 4gigs RAM, nividia gforce GTS350M,core-i7 1.7 GHz processor), but the liveCD boot freezes about 3/4 of the way through the loading icon... ...
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Creating a Virtual filesystem to boot linux

I am trying to boot the linux kernel (bzImage) in QEMU but have had issues. After asking on U&L I found out that my problem was that I was booting the kernel without a filesystem to boot from. So ...
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Copy live CD to RAM on boot

OK, so I've put together a live CD which uses isolinux as the bootloader. Any idea what magical option or switch I need to use to make it copy the compressed filesystem to RAM before mounting it? (Not ...
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Fedora 17 not booting

I just got GRUB to properly set the resolution, thanks to this wonderful answer. After selecting Fedora 17 and waiting a bit, this displays: [ 0.752888] [Firmware Bug]: powernow-k8: No compatible ...
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Multi-Distro boot DVD with SystemRescueCD 2.8.0 fails to boot the SRCD portion

I'm trying to create a multi-distro mutli-boot dvd image containing (amongst others) the SystemRescueCD iso. I'm using GRUB as the boot loader and I've managed to get most of the other ISOs booting ...
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Debian restarts itself after booting with a “not responding” error

I had a stable Debian 6 install until earlier today, when some keys on my USB keyboard stopped working and my USB mouse buttons started to behave strangely. I had not installed anything new since the ...
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Grub fails after install it on my macbook pro

I'm trying to install Archlinux on my macbook in dual boot mode. I part the disk that way : /dev/sda1 -> EFI /dev/sda2 ->MacOS /dev/sda3 -> /boot /dev/sda4 -> / /dev/sda5 -> /home As ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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GRUB2 and EFI - File not found?

I'm running Linux on a 8,3 2011 MacBook Pro. It uses EFI/rEFIt to boot. I was able to install GRUB2 EFI support, and it shows up just fine in the rEFIt boot menu. Everything seems to be working ...
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Grub doesn't recognize windows 8

Recently, I installed Windows 8.1 and Linux Mint Debian Edition on a new laptop. Neither installs seemed to have any issues, and both operating systems run well. However, the only way I can switch ...
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RHEL server Booting problem: "fsck.ext3: unable to resolve 'LABEL=/u01'

We had an old Linux server in the workplace for last few years, so I decided to turn it on and it's showing this problem during boot up: No devices found Setting up Logical Volume Management. ...
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Windows 8 booting issue from GRUB

I dual booted Windows 8 and Kali Linux(1.0.7) with Kali installed in legacy mode(because my laptop doesn't allow me to boot from any external device in UEFI mode,it says system does not have DVD/CD or ...
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How to add entries in GPT/ guid table without booting in is?

I foolishly deleted entries from guid or gpt table while messing up with gdisk utility, As a result no bootable partition shows up on startup ! I'm stuck at blank screen please help ! How shoul I ...
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RHEL boot partition size during auto-installation

We are installing some servers with same RHEL image. During the installation, all but one, have got no problem and had boot partition in size of 250M. The one server, after the installation has ...
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How to fix a Live-OS image that says Invalid

I was running Fedora-20 off a USB stick with persistent storage till I stupidly ignored a warning & filled up the persistent image. Now boot fails, because it cannot mount the root filesystem ...
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Boot-Repair ineffective

I was attempting to install a linux partition(Kali to be specific) alongside Windows8(Not 8.1) and I seem to have run into some trouble. My system information is located at : paste.ubuntu.com/7512281 ...
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booting freezes after used scheduler greatest stack depth error

I have built the linux kernel 3.14 with debug info. When I tried to boot it gives following error and after that booting freezes. Can somebody tell me how to fix this ? Linux Version : Slitaz in ...
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linux mint booting to black screen

I was installing virtualbox and lost the ability to open new terminal windows. Thinking it would fix itself I restarted after I got virtualbox installed. Now I am booting to a blank screen. ...
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Debian on macbook air not booting

I installed Debian on my macbook air a week ago after first going through the http://www.rodsbooks.com/refind/installing.html#osx installation guide. The installation of Debian worked fine and i ran ...
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How to boot Linux Mint Debian with nomodeset?

On almost all the distros that I use I have to use nomodeset, but there's something I don't understand about Linux Mint Debian Cinnamon 64 bit. I edit boot menu, to look like so ...nosplash ...
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Unable to boot New solaris ramdisk image in SAM - Bad Magic number error

I am trying to create a new ramdisk for SAM with 1GB space from the provided "disk.s10hw2". Below are the following steps (following the thread in OTN: Booting problem with custom built solaris10 disk ...
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stuck at grub rescue on boot, no bios, no live cd, ls returns hd0

I have an external hard drive with elementary os on it, and when I took it out my preinstalled windows 8 laptop, it came up with the "error: no such device:'hex number' grub rescue>". I can't boot ...
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Boot Halts if Time if Reset

I have an old powerbook g4 with a dead battery & I am trying to run ubuntu 10.04 on it. Whenever the power cord gets unplugged the date gets set back to Dec. 31st 1969. Apparently when you ...
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Linux Mint - Blackscreen on installation

Whenever I try to install Linux mint 10, the Start menu (install, install compatibility, reboot) comes on, but when I choose one of them, I get a blackscreen after the kernel is loaded. Why?
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Unable to boot into archlinux -> try hd0 skip ms

I was using Archlinux and Windows 7 together for more than 6 months. But today after I rebooted Archlinux it stuck in the boot screen. When I choose archlinux it will hang and display try hd0 skip ...
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Stuck at Grub command line after boot repair

After updating Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 I lost access to Grub and my Linux Partition (running Elementary OS) so I tried using boot repair from a Live USB and now I can't access either. It drops me out ...
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How do I change which partition's grub.cfg is used? Can I merely reinstall grub?

I realize the title might be a bit ambiguous, so let me expand some more. This computer is ~3 years old at this point. For the first two, I used Ubuntu 11.04 installed on one partition; about a year ...
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How to make grub2 always boot into Windows by default?

How to make grub2 always boot into Windows by default? I'm using Fedora 20. I tried following a guide online, and it worked for a while, but was reverted by a kernel update. I'd like grub2 to ...
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Why does my system freeze during bootup unless I boot into recovery mode?

I installed some packages, and now when I try to boot into it normally it freezes at this point. The only thing I can do from there is reboot the system. When I do that, this is what's displayed. ...
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Debian: plymouth for plugin video card

I'm running Debian 6.0.7 I installed Plymouth so I can have a splash screen show instead of the GRUB system calls. When I'm connected to the integrated video card via the VGA port, then I can see the ...
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Arch Linux hangs after soft reboot

After installing Arch Linux with Gummiboot I have to hard reboot to avoid a black screen. If I run sudo reboot the screen just goes black and nothing more happens after activating an item in the boot ...
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Problem with logical partition and recovery mode

After the installation of compiz with linux mint, I had a problem in my Linux Mint 14 . There is a blank screen after typing my login/password to enter my session. I tried some things to correct this. ...
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Encrypted Zorin 7 Partition HELP!

I had Zorin 7 Encrypted Harddrive option installed on my laptop. I accidentally deleted important GRUB data trying to make more room in the boot folder i think? So the computer would no longer boot ...
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Linux Mint Kde boots to Xsession fail

I've been trying to figure out this error I have. Its a fresh install of linux mint 15 kde. During the process of installing graphics drivers, steam, and a few other things I get this error at some ...
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Setting up multiboot .iso usb using syslinux

I have followed jakgibb's tutorial for creating multiboot usb stick using syslinux. I want to boot linux live .iso's directly from USB drive using syslinux instead of method provided in ...
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boot fail after install f19

When I installed f19, I saw this message "system cannot install boot loader" I enter these commends: chroot /mnt/sysimage, grub2-install /dev/sda --force, grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg ...
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fstab doesn't mount after boot of a virtual machine

I created virtual machine out of WordPress turnkey appliance (I believe it's based on Ubuntu) inside Virtual Box. I am able to mount a folder on turnkey from the host (Windows7) manually. So I added ...