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

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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 ...
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Create a booting external harddrive without formatting it

Ok so here's my situation: I have an external hard drive, but my pc recognizes it as a normal HDD (not USB). So I have three partitions, one for data storage, filled with (alot of) data, one with a ...
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Try to disable console output, console=null doesn't work

as mentioned above, I want to to completely turn off the console output, but putting console= or console=null in the kernel command line doesn't change a thing. When I enque quiet to the kernel ...
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How do I fix this boot-up error (attempt to read or write outside of partition)? [closed]

I just installed a version of ubuntu linux that I got from here, http://www.bauer-power.net/2013/06/bauer-puntu-1304-is-alive-download-it.html using vmware workstation. I have installed it before ...
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How to ask for a password to mount crypted swap at boot time on Linux Mint 16 with initramfs-tools? [duplicate]

I use encrypted home folders on my notebook, which prevents use of hibernation on standard setup, because - and for a good reason - besides encrypting the home folder with ecryptfs, it reformats the ...
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Boot the Arch Linux installation USB media on Dell XPS 13 (L322X) UEFI

this is my first attempt to install Arch Linux on my Dell XPS 13 (L322X) laptop in UEFI mode. I've dowloaded "archlinux-2014.02.01-dual.iso" and written to my USB pen drive with the dd way. I boot my ...
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Why does the kernel boot faster with less memory allocated?

This is not a important question, I'm just curious. Something strange happened, which isn't quiet clear to me: In the kernel command line, the amount of the memory can be set statically with the ...
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Linux Mint - Blackscreen on installation

Whenever I try to install Linux mint 10, the Start menu (install, install compatibility, reboot) comes on, but when I choose one of them, I get a blackscreen after the kernel is loaded. Why?
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Unable to boot into archlinux -> try hd0 skip ms

I was using Archlinux and Windows 7 together for more than 6 months. But today after I rebooted Archlinux it stuck in the boot screen. When I choose archlinux it will hang and display try hd0 skip ...
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How to set laptop screen brightness just after boot with full disk encryption

my girlfriend bought Lenovo Essential G500 i5-3230 and I installed Linux Mint 16 on it with full disk encryption. It is standard installation with encryption using dmcrypt and LUKS. But there is a ...
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Stuck at Grub command line after boot repair

After updating Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 I lost access to Grub and my Linux Partition (running Elementary OS) so I tried using boot repair from a Live USB and now I can't access either. It drops me out ...
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Ubuntu load and hang on live USB [closed]

I seem to have run into some difficulties trying to install Linux alongside my USB. I made a bootable USB stick and done all the UEFI firmware settings from which I disabled fast boot. Now when I run ...
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Does Linux still have to reside within the first XX cylinders of a HDD?

It's been a while since I last bothered with partitioning my hard drive, but now it's time again and I remember last time I did this there was a requirement to put the root partition (or only GRUB?) ...
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Booting from usb fails as I try to install elementary OS on my PC

I'm trying to install Elementary OS Luna on my PC. The problem is that every time I try to boot from my usb, on which I've got the OS installation files, it fails. First I press F12 to get to the ...
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grub2-install doesn't work the first time, but does work the second time

This is a weird one... I'm working on some software. It has a function to make a USB device bootable. It does this by running a long, complex sequence of actions to copy a minimal Linux OS onto the ...
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Is there a way to boot linux directly from MBR?

Inspired by UEFI, I want to skip the stage of the bootloader (grub, lilo, syslinux) and boot linux directly. Is this possible? Cant I just boot the kernel directly, or have a minimalistic bootloader ...
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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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Why is Debian hangs after DHCP?

This is my /etc/networking/interfaces file: auto eth0 allow-hotplug eth0 iface eth0 inet dhcp iface eth0 inet6 auto And here is a picture of where it is hanging:      Source: ...
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Unable to see Fedora 20, when triple booting it with Debian 7, and openSuSe 13.1

I just don't understand why I cannot see my Fedora 20 having it planned to triple boot it with Debian 7 and openSuSe 13.1. Initially I partitioned my system to: /dev/sda1 for openSuSe 13.1 /dev/sda2 ...
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Target filesystem doesn't have requested /lib/systemd/systemd

I have been using systemd for about a month without any problems on my Debian Jessie. I installed it according to the Debian wiki. But all of a sudden today I got this error:     ...
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Remove (text based) Linux Logo that comes after booting

I ported Petalinux on Zynq board by Xilinx. I am having a log message as shown below: . . . . .[Wed Feb 12 14:55:44.166 2014] Hash algo: sha1 [Wed Feb 12 14:55:44.166 2014] Hash value: ...
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Daemon - how to tell the start daemon to execute this daemon as different username than root?

I have this startup script, when i launch i have the execution done by username: root, instead of username: sun. How can i tell the start_daemon to execute it as username : sun not root? $ ps aux | ...