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

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How do I connect a 3G dongle using systemd?

At startup, usb-modeswitch automatically switches the dongle to modem mode and the device shows itself as 12d1:1506. After this, a script should run, connecting to the Internet. I am not sure about ...
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Arch Linux Live USB no longer booting UEFI

My Lenovo laptop is running Arch Linux with a UEFI GPT partition table. One day I powered up my laptop, but couldn't get passed the Lenovo boot screen. I used a USB stick to boot up and reinstall ...
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Linux fails on boot in strange way

I have restarted my machine after trying to install Skype, i have reverted changes made to etc/dbus-1/system.conf but after starting my machine i receive almost instantly stream of 99 and ...
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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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Lilo makes a lot of disk noise

After upgrading to Debian Wheezy, the lilo command causes my boot disk to make a lot of noise. I am not aways of any real problems, just the noise sounds somewhat scary, especially since this wasn't ...
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Fedora 19 (Schrödinger's cat) gets stuck on boot

When I installed Fedora, it did not have the Schrödinger's cat boot option, but then I installed a bunch of updates and now it is there. What is even more annoying is that it is the default boot ...
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Can't boot truecrypt's rescue.iso on usb using UNetBootin

I tried Unetbootin to put the truecrypt rescue.iso file on a USB stick, but the USB stick does not boot properly. It gets into an infinite loop with boot default in 10 seconds over and over again. ...
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Clone hard disk while PXE booting

I would like to boot a PC from the network (e.g., PXE), then let the PC clone its hard disk from an image located on a server, then boot from the hard disk. Is it possible? FAI (fully automatic ...
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Booting failing in different Debian and Debian derivated distros?

I've tried Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Debian, even though all have worked great for me I'm keeping with Ubuntu, I tested 12.04, 12.10 and even 13.04. The 12.04 LTS is the one I work with. There's one ...
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Add Chakra os benz to grub 1.99

I have Debian 7 with grub 1.99 in sda1 and Chakra OS without grub in sda2 I want to make a dual boot via grub 1,99, how?
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What is the effect of setting immutable bit on /boot partition [closed]

What is the effect of setting immutable bit on /boot partition with perspective of security. is it advisable to set the immutable bit (-i) to everything under /boot? Will it enhance or degrade the ...
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Deploying filesystem images onto a partition of arbitrary size

I would like to establish a deployment process for Ubuntu machines based on root FS images. I would like to restore the image onto a simply-formatted hard drive (I can completely erase the disk during ...
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What part of the Linux kernel determines the execution order of userland apps? [closed]

Stripping the source, I can't pinpoint which part of the kernel sets and manages the userland apps, and how it does it. For example, in the Linux main source, is the procedure have options to set ...
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Booting from ISO in Xen Paravirtualized Environment

Specifically, Citrix XenServer 5.6. I can map the an ISO from a Storage Repository with no issues and mount it inside the OS but I can't boot from the DVD drive without converting it to HVM, which ...
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Boot Log for Arch Linux

My Arch install throws up a red error when booting but I can't see what it says because it flies by so quickly during loading. Where is the boot log? Would it be somewhere in /var/log? or maybe in ...
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Problem with booting using nosmp

I tried to install RHEL 5.1 in an i3 processor machine with 2gb ram. So after installation I tried to boot up, but unfortunately the machine got freezed showing Starting udev. I dont know exactly what ...
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Is there something as flexible as crontab for user-level autostarts? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a flexible per-user initialisation tool to kick off user daemons when the system (re-)boots. I suppose something similar to crontab would be great, which works for every user ...
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What are the absolute minimal requirements to boot a linux system

I figured that I would need a kernel image and a bootloader (grub), but is there anything else needed to boot a linux system?
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boot without failing services

I'm using Debian testing. I want to configure wifi on my netbook, but failed to do so and when the system boots I get the following message: INFO: task wpa_supplicant:1634 blocked for more than 120 ...
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Move and empty /home partition of Ubuntu

My partitions are: Ubuntu's / on /dev/sda1 Ubuntu's /home on /dev/sda6/ Crunchbang's / on dev/sda7 Now I want to install Backtrack, but for this I need to get rid of Ubuntu's /home and move its ...
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Can't swap between two bootable drives

I'm attempting to setup a 2-drive (sda, sdb) RAID 1 in my PC, using Raider to convert from my old single drive (sda) system to the new RAID 1. From sda, on sdb I ran: # raider -R1 # raider --run ...
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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 Debian with windows installed first

I have Windows XP already installed on my HD and I had some space left to install Debian. After I've installed Debian, I answered yes to the Grub bootloader but when booting the computer nothing ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 on Acer x64 PC, only boots after starting recovery

I have this strange problem with my Acer E1 421. First of all it's important to say that I've upgraded this laptop's memory to 8gb RAM instead of 2. I decided to remove Windows 7 x64, and install ...
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Debian 6 and the old Pentium II

I have an old Pentium II with 300 Mhz computer just to run/test old DOS applications. It have two hard drives, a 2 GB for DOS and a 40 GB for Linux. First I installed Debian 6 with GRUB, but it failed ...
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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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Mint 15 frozen at startup, don't know why

yesterday I installed Mint 15 MATE on my laptop. Everything worked perfectly, so I installed some packages (python-django, mysql-server, and some other python modules). I also made an apt-get update ...
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Boot SystemRescueCd using UEFI?

How would you boot SystemRescueCd if you don't have the option to use the legacy-bios? I have the new UEFI and I have no luck booting SystemRescueCd(with a USB stick). I am planning to back up my ...
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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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Silencing all stdout during bootup

I am looking for a completely silent bootup of my Ubuntu Server 13.04 installation (dumped to file rather than stdout). What I want is the screen to be blacked out (eventually replaced with a logo) ...
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Why do most distributions chain UEFI and grub?

Most distributions install a additional boot loader on an UEFI system. UEFI itself is a boot loader, it offers a menu to select different operating systems or individual kernels. Furthermore, the UEFI ...
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isolinux: Disk error 01, AX=0201, drive 80

I have an old Medion MD 8818 desktop PC with MS-7318 mobo with Phoenix AwardBIOS 6.00PG. I'm attempting to run Zorin OS 7 Core on it, but the PC won't boot my 32GB Sandisk Cruzer Switch USB stick ...
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How to recreate EFI boot partition?

I've installed Fedora on my machine with / partition, swap partition and ESP partition for EFI booting. Now, I was installing Elementary OS instead of Fedora. I have formatted the / partition ...
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Zorin OS 7 Kernel Panic and boot failure

So I decided to try out Zorin OS 7 x64. Everything was fine during the installation. After a few minutes of browsing the internet with Chrome I got this error: CtrlAltDel didn't work, so I hit ...
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Execute Script in Syslinux

I want to execute a script in Syslinux. Is this possible? To be more specific: I want to write a one-time-windows-boot-script that does the following: reboot into windows, on the next reboot: ...
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Moving /boot to new partition produces: file '/boot/grub/i386-pc/normal.mod' not found

I'm attempting to move my /boot folder from the / partition, to /dev/sdb. The following script: parted -s /dev/sdb mklabel msdos mkpart primary ext2 1M 100% set 1 boot on mkfs.ext2 /dev/sdb1 mkdir ...
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USB3 drive plugged in to PC makes computer hang on “welcome to grub”

I have a Seagate 2TB USB2 hard drive, ext4 formatted. If I plug it in to my system and boot, PC gets stuck at "welcome to grub". If I restart without the USB drive plugged in, the system boots ...
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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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Installed Win7 after Ubuntu, Win removed Ubuntu boot option [duplicate]

Completely 100% new to Linux. I recently partitioned my drive to run Windows and Ubuntu simultaneously. Ubuntu installed fine, but then I installed Win7 and suddenly Ubuntu disappeared from the boot ...
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Bootup prompt for ecryptfs password

Is it possible to setup ecryptfs mounts to prompt for password upon bootup? Say for example /home and /var are ecryptfs folders that need to be mounted; how do I force a prompt upon bootup to ask for ...
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mount other encrypted volume on wrong password entry

I have fully encrypted my laptop using dm-crypt and luks. So If I start my laptop I was prompted for a password before init will start. This works just fine. The problem A possible attacker will ...
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Passing execution from initrd to real init and issues with missing devices under /dev/mapper

For Gentoo, I am able to (finally) boot my encrypted system with an initrd and LILO. I used the guide at http://whitehathouston.com/documentation/gentoo/initramfs_howto.htm However it appears that ...
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GRUB does not boot automatically

GRUB does not boot my kernel automatically or display a boot menu. Why not? My /boot/grub/grub.conf contains the following default 0 timeout 5 root (hd0,0) kernel /boot/3.8.13 Instead of booting, ...
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Init script header not resolving dependency

I need to run a /usr/sbin command in my init script, so there is a dependency for the /usr filesytem to be mounted. To resolve the dependency, I put $local_fs or boot.localfs (I also tried ...
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Cannot boot Fedora Linux

I cannot boot the operating system on my laptop. I have three versions of the kernel installed and none of them will boot. Booting into Windows (installed in a separate partition) still works, so I ...
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Do live (versions of) unix distributions ever automatically pick up config info from a OS already installed on the machine?

Maybe this is a silly question, the answer is probably no; but I gotta ask. For example, if I have an Ubuntu Live USB running on a machine with Ubuntu already installed, might the Live OS ever look ...
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Assigning static device path

I have 4 flash cards plugged in, sequentially named by system: /dev/sda1 /dev/sdb1 /dev/sdc1 /dev/sdd1 I want to assign static pathes to them, so every time the system boots up their pathes will ...
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Booting from command line

I have a desktop version of #! installed on my laptop. I am quite new to Linux, but learning more everyday. I would like to know if it is possible to choose on start-up to boot into the Desktop, as ...
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What does the “00:00:00” timestamp mean in kern.log?

I'm looking for causes of a particular problem in kern.log. There are many entries with a 00:00:00 timestamp: Jun 11 00:00:00 mymachine kernel: [ 0.000000] Initializing cgroup subsys cpusetJun 11 ...
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Unable to boot pintos OS using bochs emulator on Linux [closed]

I am trying to boot the Pintos OS using the bochs emulator software. Here is the output of running the pintos command to run a simple user program: ...