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

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Fan error during boot but it boots well

I installed the second linux distro along with Ubuntu, something went wrong, it was to choosing a wrong nvidia driver, and I decided to remove that distro completely by deleting the partition and ...
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Start linux in text mode

I know that it ask so many time, how to boot Linux in text mode; but all solution that i got is on installed Linux system, not on fresh system. Is there any way to load any Linux in live mode in text ...
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Start up (boot) menu doesn't show other linux distro

I've installed arch using https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Beginners_Guide I have x64 system with Ubuntu installed already and UEFI. There were no errors during the installation. However, after ...
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How to make an unallocated space “exist”?

I have Ubuntu and Windows installed together. I'm going to install Arch also along with them. For now, I what them to live there all together in my computer. I have the following: I'd like to ...
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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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Can't boot into single user mode

I hosed my login (bad script /etc/profile.d) and I can't SSH into my system or boot it into single. I append " single" to the end of the kernel boot parameters and it just keeps booting like normal. ...
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Why does Linux print a lot of debugging messages on boot/shutdown?

Why does Linux print a lot of debugging messages during the boot and shutdown processes? The boot/shutdown processes usually have no error. Why not hide the debugging messages, and show them only ...
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Can I avoid writing to the screen until a couple seconds before X11 is initialized?

On an embedded device running Linux, I am writing to the monitor from the bootloader (U-Boot) to display a given logo. Once the linux kernel is loaded, however, it clears the screen until X11 is ...
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Removing unused init scripts

On my Debian server, I have no network shares (NFS, SMB, ...). I am trying to optimize and simplify my boot process. Is it OK to remove the following init scripts? /etc/rcS.d/S12mountnfs.sh ...
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WARNING: at kernel/irq/handle.c - after changing rootfs, but why?

today I changed from an image with initramfs to an image with separate kernel and rootfs. Theses images are used for an Embedded System (ARM9 SAM9G25), that is runnging with an Linux 2.6.39. During ...
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Can't create a bootable (live) usb flash for arch linux

I created a bootable usb from which I was going to install Arch. I did this the following way: sudo dd if=/path_to_arch_.iso of=/dev/sdX But when I tried to boot from this usb flash, I failed. ...
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Setting up HDMI output from Linux console

I am currently running Debian Wheezy on a HP Microserver N54L with an AMD Radeon 5450 video card. I would like to be able to play audio from the console through the HDMI port of my video card and ...
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FreeBSD 10 does not boot after clean install

Latest FREEBSD 10 does not boot after clean installation. Installed using this image: FreeBSD-10.0-RELEASE-amd64-memstick.img Used Guided Partitioning, where I selected my only hard drive, chose ...
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How do I force booting in text mode?

Newer Linux distributions have the idea to boot into graphics modes. The grub menu does this. The init.d system does this. X does this. I can justify X. But both grub and init.d have only caused ...
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Tails OS - Modifying boot options

When Tails OS boots, you can press tab to modify the startup options. Is there any way I can save an iso with these options already set? It's a real pain to have to press tab and set them up every ...
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System Halt on REBOOT, Shutdown & Restarts as expected

Recently went from Centos 6.4 to Centos 6.5. System is Dell T410 Tower. Whenever I reboot, system runs through post, passes IPv4 Settings, then announces: PCIe Training Error: Slot 1 system halted ...
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Is there a solution for when a system hangs on “switching to clocksource tsc” anyway?

Ok so this is exactly what I did yesterday, and what I have tried to solve the problem so far. The distribution is Ubuntu Server 12.04. What I have done just before the error appeared I added a new ...
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Cannot Boot New Linux From USB

Recently, I got a new laptop, the MSI gx60. I grabbed a usb and loaded the Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon image onto it, tested it on my old laptop and desktop, where it worked. However, when I try it on my ...
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Why is kernel boot starting too late

Log message from ARM Cortex A9 based board. Running linux. [Sat Apr 12 19:33:50.207 2014] [Sat Apr 12 19:33:50.207 2014] [Sat Apr 12 19:33:50.207 2014] U-Boot 2013.07 (Apr 09 2014 - 12:31:52) ...
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Is it okay to run my system off a flash drive?

I've been running my main system off a Linux persistent LiveCD flash drive for a couple months. The drive has a 2 GiB fat32 boot partition, and a 12.91 GiB ext2 casper-rw partition. I'm ...
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Newly compiled kernel not booting up (vanilla kernel 3.12.14)

I downloaded, configured and installed kernel downloaded from kernel.org. While booting up this new kernel for the first time, this error screen shows which is pointing towards a missing or wrongly ...
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start qemu by giving it a path to a linux root

Good evening, I installed ArchLinux on a USB stick, and I would like to boot it in qemu. Unfortunately, most examples I found boot an image (iso..). The stick is definitely bootable as if I restart ...
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linux mint booting to black screen

I was installing virtualbox and lost the ability to open new terminal windows. Thinking it would fix itself I restarted after I got virtualbox installed. Now I am booting to a blank screen. ...
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Bootloader fails to load linux kernel

I upgraded linux kernel from 2.6.32 to 3.0.7 but now bootloader isn't able to load the kernel image. Specifically, boot procedure freezes after: Starting kernel ... Uncompressing Linux... done, ...
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Updating kernel versions when booting from rEFInd

I'm booting from EFI using the awesome rEFInd bootloader. I've so far had to configure boot myself by manually copying over my EFI-compatible linux boot image to my EFI partition and writing a ...
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Debian on macbook air not booting

I installed Debian on my macbook air a week ago after first going through the http://www.rodsbooks.com/refind/installing.html#osx installation guide. The installation of Debian worked fine and i ran ...
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How to configure bootloader to boot the new kernel?

I succesfully upgraded linux kernel from 2.6.32.61 to 3.0.7 on BeableBoard-xM, following the steps below: download and untar kernel sources 3.0.7 from kernel.org copy kernel sources on /usr/src ...
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Grub not starting on recently Debian install

i recently install Debian 7.4.0 on my laptop. The problem is when i reboot my system it start on Windows 7 by default, i tried to boot again the Debian installer and my surprise was the boot USB load ...
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Use some EFI loader to boot MBR

For compatibility reasons I had to install Debian via BIOS emulation rather than native EFI. As the EFI internal bootloader takes ages to look for bootable legacy disks I'd like to change the ...
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Changing a root file system from initramfs to JFFS2

I am running Linux on an ARM based development board from flash memory. The rootfs is initramfs. I chose this in the configuration utility under "file system". Then I realized that I need ...
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Why do I need to specify two init images - initrd and boot - inside KVM to boot to bash?

My machine is running inside a KVM virtual machine (Parallels Desktop v8), having a BIOS (not UEFI), having one SATA drive connected, one GPT partition on that disk, the partition is ext4 formatted, ...
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Automatically memtest and then boot

Is there some way to reboot server, so it runs memtest (say, 1 or 2 passes) and then reboots back to Linux and writes report to some log? This feature in Windows Server 2012 helped me to diagnose bad ...
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How to boot Linux Mint Debian with nomodeset?

On almost all the distros that I use I have to use nomodeset, but there's something I don't understand about Linux Mint Debian Cinnamon 64 bit. I edit boot menu, to look like so ...nosplash ...
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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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Unable to boot New solaris ramdisk image in SAM - Bad Magic number error

I am trying to create a new ramdisk for SAM with 1GB space from the provided "disk.s10hw2". Below are the following steps (following the thread in OTN: Booting problem with custom built solaris10 disk ...
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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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Query about Quad Boot system

I have triple boot system with win7, ubuntu 13.10 and fedora 20 installed.How to quad boot with kali linux ? my hard disk is 750gb
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Linux doesn't boot after update-grub

I had a problem with my HDMI without sound and I found this fix. Edit /etc/default/grub and change this line: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash" to this line ...
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How to make a secure-boot compliant boot CD

I've found quite a bit of information floating around on the Internet about how to install Linux onto a harddisk and get Secure Boot to work with it. But I can't find a single shred of information ...
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How to fix boot into initramfs prompt and “mount: can't read '/etc/fstab': No such file or directory” and “No init found”?

Installing a new system using a GPT partitioned disk dedicated to a single partition, ext4 formatted, extlinux (version 4.05) as bootloader, Ubuntu Core version 13.10 amd64 as rootfs, and Ubuntu ...
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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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Stuck in login loop after editing /etc/profile

I edited my /etc/profile in root to attempt to run a script at login, but apparently I did that wrong. The issue now, after rebooting the VM, the login loops. If I type in my user name and then ...
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When and why is /etc/init/failsafe.conf invoked on Ubuntu Server 12.04?

Could someone please tell me when during the boot process and why /etc/init/failsafe.conf is invoked? If possible, please point me towards a resource (keyword or link) where I could read more about ...
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How to do an automated measurement for the boot time for freshly build images?

I want to generate images for an embedded system and automatically measure the time they took for booting (especially for different systems). I'm using Buildroot to generate my Linux Images. I ...
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How can I install Linux on a UEFI system with Secure boot?

My motherboard is a Gigabyte 990XA-UD3 (CPU 1), it's a UEFI -Dual boot, and when I try installing Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon or Ubuntu 13.10 it always bring this error (initramfs) Unable to find a medium ...
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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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Linux Fedora 17: locks up with a blank screen after default boot

I have installed Linux Fedora 17 on my new desktop PC, but the default boot ends up with a black screen and no response from the keyboard or mouse. This is after the oval in the centre of the screen ...
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how to change partitioning?

I have a hdd with /, /home. I just got new SSD and I need to change my partitions without any reinstalling. I would like to create a separate /var partition (which is currently under /) and leave it ...
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Boot Halts if Time if Reset

I have an old powerbook g4 with a dead battery & I am trying to run ubuntu 10.04 on it. Whenever the power cord gets unplugged the date gets set back to Dec. 31st 1969. Apparently when you ...
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System freezes upon executing any boot option in a live USB installation of Mint

Problem I'm trying to install Linux Mint 16, 64-bit, MATE using a live USB. The boot option menu itself is responsive and work as expected. However, when I execute any of said boot options, the ...