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

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Can't see boot options or log with GRUB through serial-over-lan

I have a Debian system that is unable to boot a configuration I want. I don't have physical access to it, but I have serial-over-LAN access via Dell's BMC (so very limited), IPMI 1.5/isol. When I boot ...
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Plugged mouse increases boot time

I was going through the output of dmesg -e and found that my logitech mouse is increasing boot time by around 7 seconds and my total boot time is around 45 seconds. [ +7.334661] usb 1-1: new low-...
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error: cant't find command linux when booting system

I need some help with a problem when booting. Recently I've installed CentOS 7 on my pc, previously I had debian 7 and manjaro installed. When I installed manjaro I overwrote the bootloader of debian ...
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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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Convert BIOS booting to UEFI in existed linux installation

I have debian installed on HDD with GPT partition table. But it installed with BIOS compatible mode. Now I want to boot it from native UEFI. How can I do this? Ofcource I have motherboard with UEFI.
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Keyboard merely plugged in greatly increases kernel boot time

Specs are here. I am using a K65 RGB. I am using the ckb-git package from the AUR to provide basic input functionality. With Keyboard and with driver: Startup finished in 3.100s (firmware) + 5....
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Kali startx prompting GUI login after logging in already

I wanted to revert back to logging in by command line and starting the desktop by startx. I disabled gmd3 using chkconfig --del gdm3 and I was given the traditional way of logging in which worked ...
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aufs fs is being mounted before component parts

I'm having issues at boot time. It fails to mount the aufs (and so suspends the boot asking if I want to continue... no good on a server) I thought I had set up my fstab to mount the aufs AFTER the ...
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Grub2 don't see my second HDD

When the new distro is installed it makes grub2 boot menu, but it does not consider my second HDD where I have Windows7. So I tried to edit grubs cfg file but with no success. Also tried to insert ...
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Can I capture reboot errors on a system that lives in memory?

I have a machine that will intermittently experience boot issues and the system will hang and won't come up. I would normally go to check dmesg, but the problem is the system lives in memory and gets ...
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grub2 lvm2 raid1 /boot

Is it possible to boot from a system where /boot is located within an lvm2 raid1 partition. I've tried a variety of configurations, but I have yet to discover how to do it. I am using two 2TB disks. ...
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Booting Linux from RAM

I want to find a cross-distro solution for setting linux up to boot from RAM. What this involves in essence would be copying an existing installation of linux one way or another over to the RAM (to ...
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What is the first event/file/log in linux that appears/changes on boot that signalizes network being up?

I have a vSphere farm with virtual machines and python script that handles cloning and managing of those VMs. I also have a machine (RedHat 6) that I clone if I need a new one. It has a script that ...
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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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How to run TOR on boot instead using Vidalia?

I am new to TOR and I really have a hard time understanding how to set it up. What I did so far: run Vidalia from my personal account -- after few seconds I am connected run Vidalia from root ...
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Arch Linux boot failure: Fsck check on LVM /var mount fails

I recently installed Arch Linux on an older laptop that I am using as a personal workstation and machine to better learn how to administer Linux. I have a persistent boot failure that has started ...
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FreeBSD disk decrypt/mount order

TL;DR — Is there a way to force certain GEOM encrypted drives to be attached and mounted before other drives are attached in FreeBSD 10.1? I have a machine running FreeBSD 10.1 with two drives for ...
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Fedora 21 won't boot anymore; Computer wants me to perform MOK management

I have Fedora 21 installed. Last time it booted, I changed Gnome theme. Then I restarted and now I get following: If I select to continue boot, computer restarts and I get this window again. If I ...
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OpenSUSE 13.1 Cannot Find a Bootable Device After Update

I have just installed OpenSUSE 13.1 on a computer. After that, I did a zypper update and a reboot and the computer would not boot. The error message was something like "no bootable device found". I ...
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Kali linux throws ' isolinux.bin missing or corrupt ' error using USB 3.0

I'm having the same problem as this question, with a Live USB Kali Linux with Encrypted Persistence. I've downloaded kali-linux-1.0.9a-amd64.iso from the www.kali.org for my 64bit machine. And I've ...
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Centos 7 - Encrypted installation won't boot

I installed CentOS 7 netinstall (minimal installation) on a VServer with the following partitions: /boot - 200MB - XFS / - 50GB - XFS Encrypted swap - 512MB - swap Encrypted I ...
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No volume groups found after restoring CentOS image to VirtualBox VM

I used Clonezilla to backup an HP Proliant server running CentOS 5.10. I restored the image to a VirtualBox VM but when I try to boot I get an error of "No volume groups found" "Volume Group "...
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Read pre-grub2 error messages

Grub2 displays an error message followed immediately by the menu. Without a high speed camera there is no way to read the message. Is there any way to see the error messages that grub2 displays before ...
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Grub doesn't recognize windows 8

Recently, I installed Windows 8.1 and Linux Mint Debian Edition on a new laptop. Neither installs seemed to have any issues, and both operating systems run well. However, the only way I can switch ...
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Multiple Windows 7 installations from Grub

I have the following disk configuration: Disk /dev/sda: 750.2 GB, 750156374016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 91201 cylinders, total 1465149168 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes ...
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xubuntu (main HD) and Kali (second HD) both LVM encrypted but Kali won't appear in grub?

/dev/sda = xubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr /dev/sdb = Kali Linux /dev/sdc = Windows 7 Ultimate I installed xubuntu with grub, and Kali without. Both are luks-encrypted drives with LVM. Kali doesn't show ...
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Get log from kernel while loading

There is a arm/omap2-based device without ethernet, UART ports. It has usb connection with host, numeric keyaboard, LCD display. There is working U-Boot and kernel images for this. I'm trying to ...
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Metin2 server on FreeBSD error

I have private metin2 server on FreeBSD 9.1 32 bit and I installed packet filter PF. In pf.conf, I wrote metin2 ports (open for public) and my IP Which can be connected to the server. Everything is ...
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New menu item called “arch_grub” emerged as a temporary boot device

I have Ubuntu installed along with Arch. I re-installed Arch a few times already. Now it works well. Once when I was re-installing Arch during boot when I chose the "Choose temporary boot devise" ...
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Errors dual booting Ubuntu Studio 13.10 and Windows XP Pro x64 using GRUB 2

Getting the following errors when I try to boot Windows XP Professional x64 Edition (on /dev/sda1) using GRUB 2: error: no such device: A8542EOA542DDC36. error: invalid signature. I originally had ...
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Debian Wheezy Losing video link on boot

I bought a small Intel Atom machine (Intel atom D525) and I've installed Debian Wheezy on it. After I install (successfully) the OS (via USB) the machine boots and after a couple of seconds I lose ...
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weird problem with 64 bit install and memory

I have a laptop with 8gb of RAM in two 4Gb slots, the processor is 64 bit compatible. However when I try to install 64 bit version of Linux (I tried, mint, arch, manjaro), it refuses to load the ...
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stuck at grub rescue on boot, no bios, no live cd, ls returns hd0

I have an external hard drive with elementary os on it, and when I took it out my preinstalled windows 8 laptop, it came up with the "error: no such device:'hex number' grub rescue>". I can't boot ...
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Booting from USB devices on secure boot UEFI system

I'm trying to put an ArchLinux install onto a USB-HDD and want it to be bootable on BIOS systems as well as on UEFI systems that use secure boot. Therefore I have one main question. Does an UEFI ...
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Installled openSuse and now can't boot from USB or DVD

I've just installed openSuse 13.1 and, while it's great, now I want to try Mageia 4. Problem is that after installing openSuse my machine (Lenovo G560) won't boot from a USB stick or from the DVD ...
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For what are disk signatures being used for by GNU/Linux (distributions) / grub?

I am talking about disk signatures in context of the MBR. The area from 441 to 445 bytes. For what does the GNU/Linux kernel, GNU/Linux distributions usually use disk signatures for? I only found ...
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Why does my system freeze during bootup unless I boot into recovery mode?

I installed some packages, and now when I try to boot into it normally it freezes at this point. The only thing I can do from there is reboot the system. When I do that, this is what's displayed. ...
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PXE USB BOOT Debian

I have installed a Debian. I rsynced it. I load it on my client through PXE from NFS to make a backup. But I need my Computer(NFS-host) at the same time to make something other with it. For example, ...
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Problems with booting with Kubuntu 13.04 / Windows 7 Dual boot

So I've had Kubuntu running on my Lenovo laptop as the only operating system for most of the summer. Earlier this week, I decided to shrink the home partition in order to add a Windows 7 partition. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Install linux from USB without bios support

I have an old PC where I want to install Debian from "smaller CD" (up to 40mb, rest will be downloaded). I have made a bootable usb from this Debian. The problem is, my computer is so old that it (...
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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 ...