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

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Dual-booting Windows 7 and Mint 14 with “something else” option

I would like to do a dual boot of Windows 7 and Mint 14 on my Acer netbook which already has Windows 7 Pro 64-bit installed on an 1 TB hard drive. I have already shrunk the Windows 7 partition to ...
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How to add Puppy Linux to grub menu installed by Ubuntu?

I've been using Puppy Linux off a USB flash drive drive for a while, but that was really wearing it out. I decided to do a full install to the hard drive, so I cleared out some space, created an ext4 ...
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How does kernel swapping / INT 13h interrupts work?

I'm looking for a way to learn about and understand this technique. Here's what I'm talking about: Slax boots, {does stuff, like copy itself to RAM}, then transitions control to the kernel/file ...
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What are all the mandatory content of the boot partition?

While studying about booting an Android on a board, I have learnt that MLO (X-loader), U-Boot and uImage are necessary to boot the Android on the board. But I wondered that when I have come to know ...
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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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RHEL Installation issue with UEFI on HP Compaq Desktop

I have bought a new Desktop HP Compaq Elite 8300 SFF. It came with Windows 7 Pro installed. Now I want to install Linux (RHEL) by dual booting it. I have successfully shrinked the partition and ...
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How to extract boot.img?

I am trying to see the content in a boot.img file from an Android image. I googled and found this article to extract system.img, but it doesn't work for boot.img. When trying to do this for boot.img, ...
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Boot disk unavailable

Background I've got one 32GB SSD that I have Ubuntu 12.10 installed on (this drive is encrypted), and two 1.5TB drives that will serve as storage and backup respectively. I have formated both drives (...
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How do you boot Puppy Linux Slacko into the command line?

How do you boot Puppy Linux Slacko (or Precise or Wary) into the command line? I wish to startx only if I need it. Unfortunately it does not seem to copy Slackware's traditional /etc/inittab runlevel ...
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System boots only with CD inserted

I have a weird problem lately: My system only boots if either a CD is inserted (any CD, not a specific CD(*)) or if I enter UEFI-BIOS before boot. Otherwise, grub2 would start but afterwards the ...
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Linux Mint freezes on startup

Premise I am running Linux Mint on my sister's computer. Everything was working fine, but than one day she turned it on and she got a strange message she didn't understand. I think it was some kind ...
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Is it possible to install Windows and Linux on the same partition?

Just wonder is it possible to install Windows and Linux on a ntfs partition and have both OSes share a root filesystem as either one is booted? Then the partition will have /bin, /sbin, /home, /lib ...
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Moving /boot and MBR to a new drive

I have a CentOS 6 server with two hard drives in it. My old 3TB drive has been giving me some issues so I'm moving things over to a new drive. Because my / and /home partition are managed by a LVM ...
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How to create bootable flash for “efi-shell”

Current Intel server chipsets include a built-in "efi-shell" which appears to basically be a simplified 'NIX with a command set suitable for manipulating some nifty UEFI boot options. It is also 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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Used xrandr to rotate monitor but cannot reverse it after deleting script

I following a guide to have my tablet (Samsung ativ 700t running ubuntu 12.10 Gnome3) invert the screen 180 on login I place a script file in /etc/X11/Session.d/45custom-script. Contents of file: (...
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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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“error setting up gummiboot-efi” on Archboot UEFI install

I recently purchased an Aspire XC600, but am having trouble installing Arch. I haven't installed on UEFI before. I want Arch as the only OS on the disk. I wrote the Archboot x86_64 image to a USB ...
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Kernel panic-not syncing: no init found

When I try to boot up my custom linux from scratch it mounts the root filesystem then I get this message: Kernel panic-not syncing: no init found. I have the init compiled from source and I have the ...
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Debian doesn't boot anymore

I use Debian Wheezy. Yesterday I added a new HDD to the system and expanded the LVM using the system-config-lvm gui-tool. I have a logical LVM group for root, /, and one for home, /home. I also ...
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GRUB fails to install

For the past two days, I have been attempting to install Linux Mint 14 64-bit edition. Each time, the ubiquity installer has failed with this error: Executing 'grub-install /dev/sda' failed. This ...
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How to put syslinux on an sd card

I would like to know how to put syslinux on my sd card and I have tried using extlinux. However, I keep getting the message Missing Operating System. Please help me.
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How to know what will execute at startup/bootup?

I would like what scripts will run at start, without needing to "restart and see what happens", is there any way to know what 'services' are ready to run? Shoud I check every single file in ls /etc/...
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How to write isolinux to an ext4 filesystem

How would I write isolinux to an ext4 filesystem on an 1 GB SD card so that it would boot at startup?
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How to put isolinux on an sd card

Hey I need to put the isolinux bootloader on an sd card but how do I properly do that?
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How to mount iso9660 filesystem as read write

Hey my iso file won't accept device files so I was wondering how I could mount a cdrw with an iso9660 filesystem as read write to copy device files to the cdrw.
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Determine what program is in my MBR code

I've done a lot of partitioning / dual booting on my Macbook Pro. Right now I have Mac OS X installed along with Ubuntu 12.04, with Grub installed on the Ubuntu partition. I am wondering - what is ...
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How to fix boot error UUID disk drive is not ready or not present where micro failed to load microcode_amd.bin and HDIO_GET_IDENTITY failed?

When I updated to the new Kernel 3.7.2, everything goes ok, but when it comes to powering on Linux Mint, it shows me two warnings: What's wrong and what can I do?
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Sometimes I have no picture on the screen at boot on my laptop

I never gave much importance because this happened to me too from time to time. What looked like a minor issue, but now I take this phenomenon has become very annoying indeed. I do not know how to ...
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boot labels and sectors

Two of my disks have a boot label. How can I find from which disk my system (Debian Sid) booting? How can I find whether the boot sector is in the Master Boot Sector or in a Volume Boot Sector (at the ...
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Boot - How does unix or linux boot? [closed]

How does the linux bootup process work? What is the file that is executed by the machine first to initialize all files and folders, like android, android use manifest for initializing?
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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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Installing GRUB from scratch

I am trying to make a scratch linux installation on a PC board that has an x86 processor running on it. It also has a compact flash drive on it to which I have copied my compiled kernel image. The ...
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I deleted the /boot server is still running is reinstall necessary?

This is stupid. I ordered 2SSD from a provicer. Usually I am the one doing the partitioning and formatting. I will then know which one is the SSD by looking at disks that's not partitioned yet. Turns ...
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Autorun Tomcat in Linux Mandriva - java.io.IOException: invalid argument

Here's the autorun script, which i use - #!/bin/sh # description: Tomcat start/stop script # chkconfig: TOMCAT_PATH=/java/apache-tomcat-7.0.32/bin TOMCAT_START=$TOMCAT_PATH/startup....
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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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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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Failed to boot Grub Error Fedora 17

I had two hard disks. One is internal, 320GB, all NTFS, where Windows 7 is installed in a ~20GB partition. The other is external, 160GB, where I have installed Fedora. Now when I had installed Fedora ...
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Arch linux booting into rescue shell by default

I just installed Arch in my PC alongside windows 7 but for some reason it boots directly into the rescue shell, this is how it looks It doesn't show any errors though, and if I press Ctrl+D it just ...
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How is GRUB able to read it's config file on ext3 fileystem?

I have read that GRUB can read ext2 filesystems and has modules for doing this. What is the location of the mod on a Redhat system and how about if the /boot partition is ext3/ext4 or other filesystem ...
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Run autostart program in a terminal instead of having it run hidden in background

I have added to sudo nano /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE/autostart the line: python /path/to/script.py This launches script.py on boot. Which is what I want. However, I can't see the output from script....
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How to block loading kernel module only in single user boot when blacklist fails?

On a "Linux debian 2.6.32-5-amd64 #1 SMP" installation where loading a kernel module (mpt2sas) is desired to be delayed to be loaded after starting sshd and users can remotely login, the mpt2sas ...
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Which Bootloader is Used on a Chromebook?

I installed ChrUbuntu on an Acer C7 Chromebook, and I am able to dual boot Ubuntu 12.04 and ChromeOS and to control which OS loads by default. I tried to edit the /etc/default/grub file and did run ...
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Booting Ubuntu from usb on a Mac

I have a Macbook pro (late 2009) running OSX 10.6.8. I want to partition a flash drive and install my Ubuntu iso image onto it. Then I want to boot up from it by (restarting my computer and) holding ...
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Complete install on RAID1 + LVM

When doing a complete install of Linux is it possible to install everything including /boot on 2 software RAID 1s (4 hdds) + LVM? I haven't been able to figure out whether this is definitely possible....
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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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SquashFS image as rootfs in LXC

Is it possible to use a SquashFS filesystem as an LXC rootfs? I can mount an ext3 image as a rootfs just by setting lxc.rootfs to the filename, but if it's any other type of image, lxc-start just says ...
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Modify /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE/autostart before boot

I have some parameters that I would like to change in /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE/autostart, before it is run. I get the parameters from a grep command. I would like to feed them to the autostart file but ...
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Can I make low-level changes on a root fs mounted RO?

Related to this question: having a root file system that had to be mounted read-only (say it's completely broken), can I reformat the partition or dd a older backup image on top of it (and then reboot)...
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Where is fsck startet for the root filesystem at boot?

I want to extend an existing Debian 6.0 system so that it is able to automatically fix a corrupt root file system by restoring a separate image. That process should start automatically instead of the ...