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

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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 (/dev/...
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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: caldus85@Satellite-T135:~/pintos/pintos2/src/...
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How to get rid of the “scanning for btrfs file systems” at start-up?

After upgrading from Ubuntu 12.04 to Ubuntu 12.10, I get a message "scanning for btrfs file systems" at starting-up. I don't have any BTRFS filesystem. It delays the booting for about 15 seconds. How ...
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How to boot Slackware from second hard disk when it was installed on first?

I first installed slackware with the drive in HDD1 slot, then once I got a caddy for HDD2, I reconnected the slackware drive to the HDD2 slot. (I have Windows on my HDD1). Is there a way to boot ...
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Find out if computer started via Wake-on-LAN or power button?

Is there any (reliable) way to find out if the PC booted because of a Wake-on-LAN Packet instead of pressing the power button? I want automatically check if WOL is correctly configured. I know about ...
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Install Win8 After Ubuntu

I've read that it's best to install win8 before linux. I already have Ubuntu set up with lots of goodies so I don't really want to re-install everything. Is it possible to install win8 now that I have ...
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To recover my system so it shut down normally?

I have Linux mint 13(ubuntu 12.04) installed on my thinkpad T520, running for around 1 year. I'm not able to shut down my machine even if I do: sudo shutdown now. At first, it halts after messages of ...
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Defragment a USB flash drive on Mac OS X

I frequently create bootable flash drives and many a time large files need to be defragmented in order to boot. On Windows I'd used Contig/WinContig, but I must use OS X for the same purpose now. Are ...
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Setting up an ad-hoc network on boot

I'm pretty new to Linux; this project is me trying to learn more. I've done login scripts before but not boot scripts, so that's one of my questions. My other question is how to get an ad-hoc ...
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Debian init runlevels

It used to be that when you booted most linuxes, you would boot into runlevel 6, unless you did something during the bootloading to change the runlevel,. The process would then look in /etc/init/rcX....
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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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How to repair system if kernel panic?

I've just updated packages: 2013-05-23 11:15:34 startup archives unpack 2013-05-23 11:15:35 upgrade locales:all 2.13-38 2.17-3 2013-05-23 11:15:35 status half-configured locales:all 2.13-38 2013-05-...
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Can't boot after installing FreeBSD in VMware Workstation

I'm trying to install FreeBSD 9.1-i386 in VMware Workstation. I'm following the guide in the manual on freebsd.org to do this. When I come to the partitioning part I use the guided setting and it ...
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Booting grub legacy via qemu using pxe

I have been trying to boot grub legacy via qemu using pxe. For some reason, the grub does not display the menu and enters into the command mode after displaying the following error. Error15: File not ...
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grub error : “File not found” for separate /boot/efi partition

I've installed CentOS 6.4 on UEFI enabled machine, created /boot/efi partitions. But my grub is not automatically starting, if I start the PC, I start in Windows 8. I can only start CentOS by ...
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GDM not showing when I boot my FreeBSD system

I've installed FreeBSD 9.1 in a VirtualBox VM, and did some basic setup. After that, I had installed Gnome2 via sudo pkg_add -r gnome2. Along the way, there were some errors. Mostly it was (I think) ...
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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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Real mode and loading linux kernel confusing

As far as I know, protected mode will be activated in kernel and in grub stages it still real mode. My misunderstanding is: In real mode, total memory available for use is less than 1MB but how grub ...
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Excluding kernel modules through /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf does not work

I don't want to load the kernel module nouveau on my debian box at startup, so I put the following in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf: blacklist ttm blacklist drm blacklist nouveau I even did a ...
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How to convert grub config to use kernel device names instead of UUID

I've got a bunch of identical systems on which I want to clone the same openSUSE 12.3 installation. I've set up clonezilla on PXE server. After appling the disk-image of on another machine, it fails ...
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Running Ubuntu of a USB stick. Can't install wireless driver

I've installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my 8 gb USB stick, and got it running. It seems like I don't have the full Ubuntu OS on the stick though, and that was my intention. Anyway, I can run a "demo" version ...
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Can kexec be built to a standalone binary, to be used where kexec was not built into the kernel?

I have remote embedded Linux devices I am trying to update to a new kernel without having to physically access. However, the command line options they boot with make one of the MTDs read only - I ...