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

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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 ...
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Arclinux running xfce4 fails to start

I run archlinux xfce4 with auto-login and auto start. After upgrading today 07-MAY-13 the X fails without leaving a error message in Xorg.0.log.
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Debian 6 Gnome black screen after boot

I installed Debian a few weeks ago, and the last time I ran apt-get update, I think it updated something xorg/xserver, not sure. Since then i get a black screen after boot. If I go into recovery mode ...
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How to make RHEL Workstation to boots up faster?

I am using RHEL 6.4. Problem is it takes too much time to boots up? Can you say, what can I do to be out of this situation?
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How to make RHEL 6 to boot in Text-mode?

I am using RHEL 6.4 on a HP-Z620 Workstation.Whenever this machine starts up, it comes up with Graphics Mode e.g. Splash Screen,Red Hat Logo etc. But I want my machine to start in Text Mode. e.g. I ...
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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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Grub 'incompatible license' error

The other day, I was using a laptop for general desktop use when its keyboard began to act up. Most of the keys on the keyboard's right side stopped working entirely and key combinations such as Ctrlu ...
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Linux Mint on laptop fails, gives grub error

I am trying to install the latest Linux Mint onto my laptop via a USB stick. The laptop previously had Ubuntu, and it had a separate /home partition. I'm overriding and reformatting the / partition, ...
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Booting encrypted root partion fails after system update

I have a problem booting my Debian Linux server. After a system update, GRUB loads the initrd and the system should ask for the password, but it doesn't. Instead, I get dropped to BusyBox. After ...
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Can not mount drive after installing windows vista

I have searched for weeks now and have not found an answer to my question. Hopefully you guys can give me a push in the right direction :) Ok, here is what happened: I have linux mint on a 1.5 TB ...
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getting the message “out of partition” after installing GRUB 2. What is happening?

I recently moved a partition with a complete Linux install except /home to a new disk (with DD). Everything went fine, I can mount the partition, browse it... perfect. Next step: install GRUB to ...
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Making a recovery partition in embedded Linux

I have an Atmel SAM9X system running Angstrom. I am trying to make a recovery partition so when a user holds a button during boot up the recovery partition boots up. I have modified the bootstrap so ...
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How to boot into FreeBSD installed in the second partition of an external drive

I have installed FreeBSD 9.1 on the second partition of an external hard disk and I'm not able to get my computer to boot from it. FreeBSD was installed using the FreeBSD memstick image dd'd onto a ...
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Debian: Screen stays black occasionally during boot with Asus P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3

I'm running Debian Wheezy on a Asus P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3 mainboard. My graphics card is a Radeon 6850, I'm using the Open Source radeon drivers (xserver-xorg-video-radeon). During boot, my screen ...
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How to access u boot environment from linux?

How can I access and change the u-Boot env variables in linux. Using the u-boot/tools/env directory in u boot directory: u-boot$ make env Which created the executable file fw_printenv. I copied ...
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udevadm slow boot

After I upgraded from Slackware 13.70 to 14.0, when the machine is booting, it takes it 15 seconds to execute this line: /sbin/udevadm trigger --action=add I understand, that it tries to detect ...
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Cannot boot from usb

I bought a new computer (Samsung NP900X4D) which came with Windows 8. I want to install linux (Mint 14) but the computer lacks any optical drives, and so the only option (I'm aware of) is using a ...
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Error mounting drives

I am not able to mount the disk. It is showing error. Error mounting system-managed device /dev/sda3: Command-line `mount "/media/tusharmakkar08/Local"' exited with non-zero exit status 1: [mntent]: ...
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[drm:intel_enable_lvds]*ERROR* timed out waiting for panel to power on

I get this error when I start mystem. I have been using a multi-boot system. Ubuntu, Win7, Arch. I deleted everything, and try to install Arch, without susccess. I just deleted the MBR with dd. Is ...
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Grub2, boot into existing OS option?

I've got Grub2 installed on a USB stick, and I want to add an entry to the grub.cfg that will boot in to another bootloader e.g. grub on the main harddrive. Like how the Windows 7 install disk will ...
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Grub does not fit the screen

I have a problem with my grub installation. The screen is "moved" to the left a couple of pixels, which means that I cannot read the first 20 or so characters of the entries when I boot. I'm running:...
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Fedora 18 Live CD is hanging on boot

When I boot up Fedora 18 (Fedora-18-x86_64-Live-Desktop.iso) in a Virtual Machine, I just get this screen: I've verified the SHA sum, and I've tried starting it up in "basic graphics mode", yet I ...
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booting very slow

I have Linux Mint 14 and it was fine, but lately it takes a lot longer to boot. I have my linux installation on one partition. I had a dual boot first, then I removed windows. So, that freed up 2 ...
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Manually copying MBR from one drive to the other GPT drive and configuring GRUB results in booting failure

I run CentOS 6.4. I have SSD 300GB for system files and RAID10 8TB for storage + backup. SSD system drive is partitioned as follows: fdisk -l /dev/sdb Disk /dev/sdb: 300.1 GB, 300069052416 bytes 255 ...
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Can I move an existing Debian installation to a RAID5?

I put myself a small NAS together, to experiment a bit with raid. I have a working RAID 5 array using mdadm under Debian 6 ("squeeze"). I installed GRUB and Debian to an USB stick, since I was not ...
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GRUB2 and kernel vga= parameter

According to the documentation, use of the vga= kernel parameter is deprecated as of GRUB2. The fact that some newer kernels don't seem to support it anymore on certain adapters is of no concern as ...