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

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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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What can cause GRUB2 to suddenly not be recognized by EFI?

I have two hard drives in my PC. The first one contains an ext4 partition with Debian, a swap partition and the EFI partition for Debian. The second hard drive contains Win8 and it's EFI partition. ...
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How do I to dual boot Kali and Backtrack?

I have backtrack 5 r3 installed on my laptop which has 60 gb single hard disk. my backtrack is fully set up and takes the full 60gb space. Now I want to keep the same backtrack with all my settings ...
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Script requesting information upon boot

The idea is to create a script that runs as root upon boot (either before a potential X or GDM starts or after). The challenge is that this script needs input from "the one at the keyboard" - without ...
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memtest86+ doesn't show up in grub

According to my package manager memtest is installed and both memtest68+.elf and memtest86+.bin are in my boot partition yet grub doesn't give me the option to boot to them. Is there anyway to add the ...
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Debian change runlevel during boot

I've read lots and understand changing runlevel defaults and during runtime, but how can I change runlevel during the boot up of a Debian server? Background: XenServer virtual machine Debian Server. ...
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Debian 8 KVM Guest - Loading initial ramdisk

I have updated my KVM management script for Ubuntu 14.04 KVM hosts to support debian 8 guests. After a manual installation (preseed script does not work yet), I am stuck with the the following message ...
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Linux Clean Installation ERROR IN BOOT: “Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device”

After installing a clean copy of linux elementary os. It shows me "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device". I'm using a laptop and previously I was running ...
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Filesytem errors during boot

I am using OMAPL138 and kernel version 2.6.37 and I would like to improve the boot time of my system. I made some progress on this, but I still have some errors which may be causing delay in the boot ...
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Toshiba Satellite Laptop Won't Boot to USB

My laptop model is Toshiba Satellite L655-S5153 I have my bios setup to boot usb (and yes it does read the USB drive), cd, then hdd. Legacy mode is enabled as well. I already have Elementary OS ...
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can I boot ext4 usb stick with xubuntu on from a Mac laptop?

is there a way to boot my ext4 formatted "xubuntu" USB memory stick from a Mac laptop? The laptop can identify FAT32 usb memory sticks with ubuntu at boot time, but it cannot identify mine, which is ...
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is it possible to make /boot partition after installing linux distribution

I right now I have 3 partitions: one each for UEFI firmware, swap and the root partition.I was wondering if it is possible to make new partition in which I can put /boot in my case after installing ...
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Error while Booting from USB in vitualbox from linux host machine (process:9494): GConf-WARNING

My host machine is linux mint. I was configuring to boot from usb in virtualbox. i run below commands: $mount In my case USB drive is /dev/sdb1 so i run: $ umount /dev/sdb1 create directory with ...
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Centos 6.6 unrecognized services during boot rsyslogd / iscsid / iscsi / mcstrans / syslog / yum-updatesd / rhnsd

Could anyone explain what is going on here, the server used to boot fine without errors and now all of a sudden services cannot be found anymore? When researching any of these errors I get no ...
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What are the [internal] steps involved in making USB drive 'bootable'?

Whenever I have to install a new Linux distro, I create a bootable USB from the distro image using some specialized program like UNetBootin. Recently, I tried to do for Fedora using 'dd' command, but ...
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How to add grub 2 to syslinux

I'm trying to add grub 2 to syslinux (isolinux.cfg), but the problem is that I only could add an entry to grub4dos (not grub2). I don't know even how to get grub2 to the disk so I can refer to it.. ...
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Installed Windows 8.1 not Booting from Internal HDD

I have Windows 8.1 and Linux installed on my internal HDD. Windows is installed first, it worked fine and later I installed Linux through live USB stick. After restarting nothing happened...my ...
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X11 hangs, leaves me with black&white text display, Intel i915, precise1-Ubuntu

I am running a Bodhi derivative Ubuntu, ("tainted") based on Precise, on an Acer Chromebook. After a system update, X11 dies, leaves me "hung" with text display. If I reboot in recovery mode, and ...
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Manjaro boots incredibly slow; Nouveau problem

I've got a problem with my fresh Manjaro install. It's installed on a new computer on SSD, yet it boots incredibly slow. As far as I can tell it may be related to graphics drivers. I've installed ...
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live-build strange symbols during boot

So I'm booting up my Debian live-build through QEemu and gets this strange symbols. Anyone know what it is?
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Is it possible to boot a pxe client to hard disk image

I bought a banana pi device recently. While I checking out for OS to this device, I saw a lot of OS images on it's web site. Also there are third party OSes available. I decided to try all but writing ...
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Which partition should I use for /boot to dual boot with Windows 8

The distro was Antergos Linux. Last time I tried to install to the EFI system partition (the one Windows uses), but when I rebooted after finishing install, the booting process when straight to ...
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how can i assemble my components (kernel, initramfs, rootfs) into a single bootable image?

I have created a compressed rootfs, kernel, and initramfs. I have a syslinux configuration that boots my rootfs/kernel to RAM. It works. However, I'd like to have something like image1 which ...
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Jessie: can't boot the kernel 3.16.0-4-amd64

I have been using Jessie for a few months now, and I had a problem booting my computer a few weeks ago. I had this error on boot: early console in decompress_kernel Decompressing Linux... Parsing ...
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encrypted btrfs RAID1 array fails to mount at boot - open_ctree_failed

I have an encrypted btrfs RAID1 array set up as my /home directory on a fresh install of Linux Mint 17.1. At the Plymouth screen during boot, I enter my password for the two drives, and then receive ...
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Archlinux boot screenshot

I've created Archlinux ARM image from scratch and it works perfectly. Now, I am writing some manual for installation and I would like to make a screenshot of device starting up (kernel booting). I do ...
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japanese input into boot console

It's possible enter japanese character in the boot console, then without start the X server? Are scim, Ibus & co. only for desktop? solutions for slackware appreciated
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Fedora 20 boot issues

I've tried installing Fedora 20 (minimal install, machine is old and only has ~1GB RAM), twice now on an old computer meant to act as a home server to SSH into. Both times, I will be able to log in ...
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Do dracut handles boot parameters mentioned in dracut.cmdline (7)

If I understand correctly, in boot time the kernel will mount initramfs and then calls /sbin/init from it(which is a symbolic link to /lib/systemd/systemd on Fedora/RHEL systems) and dracut itself ...
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How to prepare for a possible unreadable disk from bios after swapping disks?

How to prepare for a possible unreadable disk from bios after swapping disks? I want to switch out my old disk with my working linux mint 16 os and plug in a new disk and install linux mint 17. I am ...
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how to run bash script from isolinux.cfg

I've been trying to add an entry to a bash script to my custom cd boot menu.. So I've tried to edit isolinux.cfg and load it instead of kernel but didn't work.. Any ideas??
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Grub menu doesn't show setup option

I am new to Ubuntu. I had to reinstall elementary off a USB. I Thought it had installed, so I restarted. When the reset was done the grub screen appeared, so I selected normal boot. After that the ...
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Kernel loglevel and console manipulation

I want to have two console kernel arguments, one /dev/tty2 for screen and one /dev/ttyAM0 for serial debugging. I can achieve that simply with: console=ttyAM0,115200 console=tty2 I want /dev/ttyAM0 ...
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Shared system partition for multiple linux system

Is it okay to share some partitions for multiple native linux system? For example, if I want to install Ubuntu, Debian and Arch in one harddisk, and I create lvm partition scheme like this: NAME ...
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System Boot Order not found (Secure boot is not enabled)

I have this problem http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=299306. Although this thread is not mine, I experience this problem in familiar way. Also when I put live CD, it cannot boot from the ...
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CD & DVD check program cdck: Excellent disc! or is it? i/o error does this mean bad disc?

How do I establish that a DVD is "ok"? The DVD boots fine. I'm installing ViciDial, which is built with OpenSuSE v.13.1 64-bit. (So the OS is OpenSuSE?) The md5sum for the DVD checks out: ...