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

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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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Enable num-lock as default in Linux

There has been a similar question - but IMHO there has to be a simpler solution. If num-lock is on in the BIOS - why is it turned off during linux boot and/or KDE/Gnome/whatever startup?
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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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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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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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Debian jessie does not boot from external hdd

I have an external HDD I want to install debian to. So I downloaded. Iso, boot to flash drive, then runned installer and went through the installation steps. The problem is that after the installation ...
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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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Windows 8.1 not appearing on grub after Linux Mint 16

I had followed a tutorial to install Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon and it works perfectly fine, currently using it to post this question. But when grub loads the only 3 options I am given, are Linux Mint, ...
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USB3 drive plugged in to PC makes computer hang on “welcome to grub”

I have a Seagate 2TB USB2 hard drive, ext4 formatted. If I plug it in to my system and boot, PC gets stuck at "welcome to grub". If I restart without the USB drive plugged in, the system boots ...
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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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ATI driver and boot problem “Starting Timidity alsa midi emulation”

It has been resolved. See answer bellow.. Asked this on askubuntu, but they knocked me down as off-topic and sent me here.. After upgrade I can no longer boot into gui. It stops on "Starting ...
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Linux Mint: How to enble cryptswap with custom password?

When you want to use hibernation and you care for security, you'd like to have the swap encrypted. But not with the random password, chosen for you at startup, but with a fixed one, supplied by you at ...
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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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How to fix boot error UUID disk drive is not ready or not present where micro failed to load microcode_amd.bin and HDIO_GET_IDENTITY failed?

When I updated to the new Kernel 3.7.2, everything goes ok, but when it comes to powering on Linux Mint, it shows me two warnings: What's wrong and what can I do?
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How can I prevent someone from gaining root access through the bootloader?

On Ubuntu 10.10 I can login as root without the root password by replacing ro quiet splash with rw init=/bin/bash. How can I secure my machine and disable this backdoor?
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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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Boot graphical application straight from Linux bootup (without verbose boot messages and desktop)

Is it possible to boot from minimum Linux core(Linux/Android) to an application (preferably created in interchangeable platform languages such as C# – Mono / GTK / Java / C) without any verbose ...
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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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Linux USB Boot results in black screen

I'm trying to install Linux alongside Windows 8 on my new Asus Zenbook UX32VD, which has both an Intel HD 4000 and a NVidia 620M I've been having quite a few problems booting up linux via USB so I ...
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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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Create services in Linux (Start up in linux)

I need one process run before log in to system. how to run it like services?(how do I make services in Linux?) in Ubuntu and Fedora ? the service is customized tomcat
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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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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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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 petalinux. [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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Can't boot truecrypt's rescue.iso on usb using UNetBootin

I tried Unetbootin to put the truecrypt rescue.iso file on a USB stick, but the USB stick does not boot properly. It gets into an infinite loop with boot default in 10 seconds over and over again. ...
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Booting from ISO in Xen Paravirtualized Environment

Specifically, Citrix XenServer 5.6. I can map the an ISO from a Storage Repository with no issues and mount it inside the OS but I can't boot from the DVD drive without converting it to HVM, which ...
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How to add Puppy Linux to grub menu installed by Ubuntu?

I've been using Puppy Linux off a USB flash drive drive for a while, but that was really wearing it out. I decided to do a full install to the hard drive, so I cleared out some space, created an ext4 ...
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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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How can I boot the PC-BSD live DVD-ISO IMAGE directly via GRUB2?

Via the loopback command, GRUB2 allows to directly boot an ISO file. Now, I've configured the according menuentry to boot the PC-BSD Live DVD ISO, but when I try to boot it, the FreeBSD bootstrap ...
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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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Cannot boot the system

I can't boot my Debian system, I got this error during boot up: Driver 'pcspkr' is already registered, aborting. I have solved this by adding blacklist snd-pscp to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf ...
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Can't install Crunchbang

I wanted to install Crunchbang 11 x64 from my USB (8GB, fat32), but when the installer starts, it aborts because the installer doesn't find a Crunchbang CD in my drive. I tried it via the dd command ...
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Python script run while screen is locked

I have a python script which seems to be failing to continue running its while True: ... sleep() loop my code is at http://github.com/xdaimon/xdaimonConky What happens is I autostart python on ...
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slitaz 4.0 grub2 loopback concatenate multiple initrd images

I'm trying to get slitaz 4.0 ISO to boot using a grub2 loopback on a multiboot USB; insmod font if loadfont /boot/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then insmod gfxterm # insmod efi_gop # insmod efi_uga ...
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How to access u boot environment from linux?

How can I access and change the u-Boot env variables in linux. Using the u-boot/tools/env directory in u boot directory: u-boot$ make env Which created the executable file fw_printenv. I copied ...
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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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Manually copying MBR from one drive to the other GPT drive and configuring GRUB results in booting failure

I run CentOS 6.4. I have SSD 300GB for system files and RAID10 8TB for storage + backup. SSD system drive is partitioned as follows: fdisk -l /dev/sdb Disk /dev/sdb: 300.1 GB, 300069052416 bytes 255 ...
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Booting grub legacy via qemu using pxe

I have been trying to boot grub legacy via qemu using pxe. For some reason, the grub does not display the menu and enters into the command mode after displaying the following error. Error15: File not ...
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Debian init runlevels

It used to be that when you booted most linuxes, you would boot into runlevel 6, unless you did something during the bootloading to change the runlevel,. The process would then look in ...
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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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Debian 6 Gnome black screen after boot

I installed Debian a few weeks ago, and the last time I ran apt-get update, I think it updated something xorg/xserver, not sure. Since then i get a black screen after boot. If I go into recovery mode ...
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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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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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How to boot into FreeBSD installed in the second partition of an external drive

I have installed FreeBSD 9.1 on the second partition of an external hard disk and I'm not able to get my computer to boot from it. FreeBSD was installed using the FreeBSD memstick image dd'd onto a ...
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Arch linux installation problem

I used to work on Arch Linux at my desktop. One year ago I started to use laptop Samsung np530u3b. This laptop has one bootable HDD Hitachi (500gb) and 16gb ssd (so system from this SSD can't be ...
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Booting a file system image from a HDD using GRUB2 with persistence

How do I preserve changes I make to files when running an operating system that is booted - using GRUB2 - from a file that contains a file system. I managed to get GRUB2 to boot an image file that ...
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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 ...