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

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Old laptop won't boot from live CDs

I've got an old Pentium III based Dell Laptop, the originally shipped with Windows 2K and has had Windows XP installed on it. I though I could get something useful out of it if I run Puppy, Lubuntu, ...
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Can no longer boot after updating Arch

I am running Arch Linux with the Gummiboot boot manager. Everything was fine until I updated. I can't remember the exact packages that were updated but I'm pretty sure Gummiboot was one of them. Now ...
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Boot partiotionless disk with syslinux

A file system can be configured to span a complete disk, omitting any partition table. Notice intentionally the command to do so does not use /dev/sda1 but the raw, unpartitioned device instead. ...
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grub on floppy to rescue CD boot chain

I am having trouble figuring out how to have grub installed on a floppy in a way that it automatically boots a modified Ubuntu 12.04 CD on startup. I will settle for knowing some commands at the grub ...
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Booting a Knoppix ISO from Grub - device/uri madness

I'm trying to boot a Knoppix ISO from Grub like so: loopback loop /boot/iso/knoppix.iso linux (loop)/boot/isolinux/linux lang=en bootfrom=/mnt-iso//boot/iso/knoppix.iso initrd ...
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Building a bootable USB stick - GRUB syntax help

So I have a usb stick that I've partitioned into 2 parts. The first part contains GRUB (Via grub-install) and some ISOs that I want to boot/install from. Rather than start the Linux kernel on these ...
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How can I get a new Fedora 19 install to boot on Intel NUC

I have a newly installed Fedora 19 on an Intel NUC computer. During installation, I selected the "reclaim all space" option and took the default partitioning. The install created an EFI boot ...
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No matter how many times I try re-installing Linux Mint, I get a GRUB error. How do I fix it?

I have been trying to install Linux Mint 16 Petra using a removable USB thumb drive on my laptop, and after multiple attempts, I get the same error every time: error: file ...
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Arch Linux hangs after soft reboot

After installing Arch Linux with Gummiboot I have to hard reboot to avoid a black screen. If I run sudo reboot the screen just goes black and nothing more happens after activating an item in the boot ...
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Linux “/dev/SDA” goes read only file system on SDB device failure [closed]

i have a very peculiar issue that is running in my system. Using debian linux : My system boots up very normally with a primary and secondary hard disk. suddenly my secondary hard disk fails with ...
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Boot fails after reinstall GRUB

I unfortunately had to install Windows 8.1 in my computer and after doing so, I tried to reinstall GRUB following the next steps: Booted with the Live CD Mounted my system partition: mount ...
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Problem with logical partition and recovery mode

After the installation of compiz with linux mint, I had a problem in my Linux Mint 14 . There is a blank screen after typing my login/password to enter my session. I tried some things to correct this. ...
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What's status of btrfs as root fs? [closed]

What is the current status of btrfs being the root filesystem including /boot; meaning that you do not need to create a separate /boot partition. I ask because I noticed on Debian 7 you cannot setup ...
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Solaris 10 - what is appserv and boot.server? What do they do?

I'm working in a Solaris 10 zone on legacy startup scripts in the /etc/rc3.d/ There are two items that I don't know what they do. I know how legacy start-up works but just don't know what these items ...
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Mint Linux 13 will not boot to splash screen after graphics driver enabling in hp dx2450:

I was trying to play some games on my computer and had graphics problems. I only have the on-board graphics (no graphics card added yet) but some of the games were extremely basic and still wouldn't ...
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How to boot FreeBSD system with broken bootcode?

I have an HDD (or SSD, or flash drive) with FreeBSD installed on it, and somehow I broke the bootcode (first 446 bytes of MBR). How could I boot into this FreeBSD?
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How to list all the files used during Linux boot

I would like to get the list of files that are used during the process of Linux boot. We are developing the protected enterprise system based on the RHEL 6.4. The integrity of specified files will be ...
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How to make a GRUB Rescue Disc?

I am afraid that my GRUB is corrupted (I do a lot of experiments on my PC) and I know that I will not be able to reinstall Debian (downloading takes up a lot of time). Also, I am just 13 so I don't ...
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Encrypted Zorin 7 Partition HELP!

I had Zorin 7 Encrypted Harddrive option installed on my laptop. I accidentally deleted important GRUB data trying to make more room in the boot folder i think? So the computer would no longer boot ...
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Arch Linux pacman -Syu breaks machine [closed]

Strange things have been going on with arch recently after I installed libreoffice. The first sign was that there were no longer any icons on my desktop. I thought this was strange so I rebooted, ...
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Can't boot any Linux except Ubuntu

Hello I wanted to switch to Linux, but the only distro so far I could even boot from a live USB was Ubuntu. I've tried Xubuntu, Manjaro, Linux Mint, and Elementary OS and none could boot, thought when ...
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Linux Mint Kde boots to Xsession fail

I've been trying to figure out this error I have. Its a fresh install of linux mint 15 kde. During the process of installing graphics drivers, steam, and a few other things I get this error at some ...
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grub and boot partition damaged

I seem to have a damaged /boot partition and grub boot loader, I was wonder if there is a easy way to repair this ? I was thinking of booting a Live CD and using dd to copy the boot partition from ...
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Setting up multiboot .iso usb using syslinux

I have followed jakgibb's tutorial for creating multiboot usb stick using syslinux. I want to boot linux live .iso's directly from USB drive using syslinux instead of method provided in ...
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btrfs: mismatching generation and generation_v2 found in root item

I am seeing this message in dmesg: btrfs: mismatching generation and generation_v2 found in root item I found a related question here: Understanding btrfs dmesg However, unlike that question, I ...
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boot fail after install f19

When I installed f19, I saw this message "system cannot install boot loader" I enter these commends: chroot /mnt/sysimage, grub2-install /dev/sda --force, grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg ...
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Safe to disable boot fsck on read-only ext3 file system?

I have a large, frequently read, ext3 file system mounted read-only on a system that is generally always hard power cycled about 2-3 times per day. Because the device is usually powered off by ...
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Is there any software for Debian to fix my GRUB

Sometimes, when I boot up my PC, I find that after the logo screen, an _ (underscore) is blinking and the machine does not boot. After that I have to unplug it from the mains and restart it and then ...
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Solaris 11 text mode after boot

I am running Solaris 11 on VMWare Workstation host machine Windows 7. Here is my OS and system details: SunOS solaris 5.11 11.0 i86pc i386 i86pc I want to boot Solaris 11 in text mode only i.e make ...
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RHEL installed once but displayed thrice in GRUB bootloader menu

In my machine, I have installed 2 operating systems. Windows 7 RHEL 5.6. When I boot the machine, the grub presents me the screen with the list of operating systems available as, Red Hat ...
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Making a bootable pendrive for custom kernel

I read the tutorials to make a mimalistic custom kernel from here and am able to boot it up as explained in the tutorial over a virtual machine using GRUB as the boot loader. I think it would be more ...
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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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Manually cloning a Live USB Arch distro to a VMware virtual disk

I installed Arch Linux on a pen drive with yumi, based on syslinux. I would like to test the USB distro in VMware. To speed up things I would like to clone the UFD as a VMware virtual disk (vmdk). ...
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Modify and boot linux kernel on mobile device [closed]

During my education I have been developing Android iOS apps and websites for almost 18 months. Now, as my final year project, I am working on Linux source code with the goal to boot it on a mobile ...
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Proper menu.lst entry for custum install CD? [closed]

Trying to generate a custom boot CD, I find these proposed changes for menu.lst file timeout 8 default 0 gfxmenu (cd)/boot/message title Linux root (cd) kernel /boot/vmlinuz ...
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Why can't I specify my root fs with a UUID?

My system boots OK with this in my GRUB 2 config: linux /bzImage root=/dev/sda2 init=/usr/lib/systemd/systemd ro But if I replace /dev/sda2 with the corresponding UUID: linux /bzImage ...
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fstab doesn't mount after boot of a virtual machine

I created virtual machine out of WordPress turnkey appliance (I believe it's based on Ubuntu) inside Virtual Box. I am able to mount a folder on turnkey from the host (Windows7) manually. So I added ...
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/boot/messages in SuSE?

I'm reading a SUSE Linux tutorial for creating a custom installation CD from host's kernel. As first step it indicates to create a iso/boot/grub folder system and perform the files copying indicated ...
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Can't install any version of Linux

So I was trying to install #! (Crunchbang) and downloaded the 64 bit version and tried installing it. Everything would work until it was time to install grub. The grub installation would fail every ...
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Unable to boot using self built kernel

I built kernel 3.11.3 following the instructions here. There were no issues in the build. The steps I followed automatically made entries in grub and copied the image to /boot too. At boot time, when ...
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Can't boot properly after moving all files off then back on my VM drive

I have created an Ubuntu 12.04 32-bit VM in VirtualBox with a .vdi disk. I then mount this disk with qemu-nbd and move all the files off it; then back onto it. When I boot the VM again I get varying ...
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No boot menu with Linux Mint and Windows 7

Currently I have Windows 7 installed on my main hard drive (64gb SSD). I recently installed Linux Mint on a secondary hard disk (1TB HDD). My issue is that when I turn the PC on there is no boot menu ...
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How to specify an ISO as the location of root filesystem for GRUB?

I'm trying to understand the Debian "booting from Hard Disk" installation manual. The process is as follows: I copy a kernel image, a ramdisk initrd and an ISO with installer to the hard drive and ...
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What happened to `vga=ask` etc. in the newer Kernels?

I used to activate framebuffer mode in the "older" kernels with vga=ask, and later setting it to a value, once I've figured out which one works best for me. Now, this option seems to be gone, the ...
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Does initramfs use /etc/fstab?

The way I understand it, initramfs is responsible for loading the "real" root filesystem. Now, there are two places where we define that root. First we put an entry in /etc/fstab. Second, we put the ...
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dual boot windows XP/debian, I can't boot windows

I tried to set up a dual boot windows xp/debian. I installed Debian after windows, and now I can't boot windows xp. I have grub2. I tried to directly modify /boot/grub/grub.cfg with menuentry ...
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Bridging on boot causes system to hang

Whenever I set br0 to automatically start up on boot, it causes the system to hang - usually on a line that says something like "waiting 2 seconds for br0 to get ready" or "bound to x.x.x.x to br0 - ...
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RAM and Flash directories in embedded system based on linux

There are various directories in linux. Example /root,/var,/etc,/proc,/usr. In embedded system, during boot up, it will copy image from flash to RAM. Questions: How can i know, which directory ...
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USB hard drive boot problem

I have a HP Probook 4525s laptop with Windows 7 and Ubuntu installed on it and an external USB Toshiba hard disk(320GB); I've tried to install for several times various linux distros on the USB HD ...
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Linux Mint Debian quits on boot

I just upgraded Linux Mint Debian Edition with the up7 package. The update manager failed initially (can't remember where...) so I ran sudo apt update, sudo apt dist-upgrade, sudo apt upgrade and ...