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

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XBMCBuntu is not starting up to desktop

I am running xbmcbuntu for a few years now and everyting worked fine so far. Recently, I've installed a new hard-disk and made a new partition (sdc1) on it. Now, unfortunately, XBMCBuntu is not ...
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Custom kickstart install completes but machine won't boot

I have been following the instructions on using kickstart to create a custom install at : http://www.smorgasbork.com/2012/01/04/building-a-custom-centos-7-kickstart-disc-part-3/ I got an unattended ...
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Open-Vas Not Starting Kali Linux 2.0

On my installation of Kali Linux 2.0, the Open Vulnerability Assessment System (Scanner|Manager) Daemon does not start successfully. It tells me to run the command systemctl status ...
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How do I connect a 3G dongle using systemd?

At startup, usb-modeswitch automatically switches the dongle to modem mode and the device shows itself as 12d1:1506. After this, a script should run, connecting to the Internet. I am not sure about ...
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What is the proper way to use ISOLINUX with UEFI?

I've been trying to add UEFI support in the 64-bit version of Minimal Linux Live for quite some time, unfortunately without much success. As you can see from the below image, I get critical error each ...
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Solaris 10 boot from cd-rom

I am trying to start up my solaris server using the newly downloaded iso written on a CD. The iso name is sol-10-u9-ga-sparc-dvd.iso When we started the server, logging in as root then tried to boot ...
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Debian jessie boot hangs at “Started Update UTMP about System Runlevel Changes.”

I just upgraded my MOBO and CPU on my PC, and now whenever I try and boot my debian install it hangs at [ OK ] Started Update UTMP about System Runlevel Changes. Is there an way I can boot into my ...
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Kali Live USB won't boot. Takes me to blinking cursor

I am trying to install 64 Bit Kali Linux to a laptop. Whenever I boot through a live USB the menu opens, but when an option is selected it takes me to the black screen, with just a blinking cursor ...
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Install GUI for debian

I did many manipulations when trying to install NVIDIA driver on my debian machine, without success. I've deleted everything related to debian's GUI (x11-common, xorg, gdm3, gnome, gnome-shell, ...
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How to change grub boot menu on a (formerly) live linux system?

So I converted a usb live linux install (Tails) from USB to virtualbox using VBoxManage convertfromraw. For it to boot in virtualbox, I need to remove one thing from the boot commandline ...
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Trouble booting CentOS

I switched from an Ubuntu to the CentOS yesterday. But it seems I have messed my installation somehow, since OS will only start correctly if the USB with the installation is plugged in. Long story: ...
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Fixing Kubuntu from LiveCD

After uninstalling some programs on Kubuntu 14.04 today, my system crashed and after restarting I can not get past the pulsating Kubuntu startup logo. I believe that while uninstalling the programs I ...
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How do I resolve an error when booting, “Couldn't find device with UUID…”

I have a RHEL 6 system, running on a VMWare machine. The admin of the VM server added a second RAID volume to the server, which my RHEL system does not use. Now, when I boot the RHEL system, I get a ...
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Debian won't boot: udevd fails to load device sda and sdb

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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Not Booting past Logo

I have been messing around with uninstalling a program (emacs24) on Kubuntu 14.04 and for this followed this instruction: (see Hartmut's answer). After I didnt manage to get rid of all emacs files, ...
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Whence does systemd determine the transient hostname?

In RHEL 7.2, systemd starts up and determines the host's hostname. If /etc/hostname is unavailable (ie, removed), and /etc/machine-info is unavilable, and the kernel is not configured with that ...
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Alert! Root Drive Does Not Exist After Elementary Installation

recently I installed Elementary OS with no problems. When I started up the new OS I received this error message Alert! /dev/disk/by-uuid/....../ does not exist. Dropping to the shell Afterwards I ...
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Can't install BlackArch on Live USB

So I have the following problem. I want to install BlackArch on an USB. I downloaded the Live ISO (64Bit) and used PowerISO to make a bootable USB. I am on Windows 8.1 so I hit WINDOWS BUTTON + C, ...
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Fedora 23: PCH FIFO A underrun error during boot

I managed to install Fedora 23 on my Lenovo W530 Laptop with NVIDIA Quadro K2000M. Everything works absolutely fine, even the external screen which works only when the NVIDIA driver is properly ...
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Linux Mint: How to enable 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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why is grub2 ignoring kernel options when boot from el torito on CD?

I have a simple manually created grub.cfg file, which I load into grub-mkimage, then build into an el torito image on an iso9660 iso. Everything actually boots, but the kernel options are ignored ...
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How does a boot manager work and work differently on BIOS and UEFI machine?

After reading a lot online, I start to get more and more confused about how boot manager work. I have realized that boot manager, such as rEFInd, is not an update or anything related to firmware ...
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Create bootable hfs+ partition for macbook

I've installed Debian testing on a Macbook Pro (mid 2014) without keeping OS X on the internal SSD. I've used the following GPT partition layout: HFS+ EFI on /boot/efi BTRFS on / SWAP on swap I've ...
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Bootable disk not recognized by my laptop?

I have an Asus ux303 laptop and I am trying to install ArchLinux on it. I think I already have installed it on the harddrive, however BIOS will not even show the harddrive in Bootable options. When ...
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Where can I find a list of USB error codes?

Every time I boot Debian, the boot log shows a bunch of xhci_hcd problems, and messages like usb 3-13: hub failed to enable device, error -22 usb 3-13: device descriptor read/8, error -61 I'm ...
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Why can my custom-build iso not boot in EFI?

I am building a custom iso using xorriso in mkisofs mode. The build seems correct, inspecting the iso afterwards shows 2 boot images (1 BIOS, 2 UEFI), yet booting to the ISO from qemu using the OVMF ...
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Arch Linux Live USB no longer booting UEFI

My Lenovo laptop is running Arch Linux with a UEFI GPT partition table. One day I powered up my laptop, but couldn't get passed the Lenovo boot screen. I used a USB stick to boot up and reinstall ...
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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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Can't boot into host OS after VM installation

I installed kvm/qemu/libvrt and rebooted to update some OS parameters, but now I can't boot into the host OS. Boot hangs with blinking cursor, so I abort and log in through the terminal, but my ...
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Cannot boot into host OS after VM installation [duplicate]

I installed kvm/qemu/libvrt and rebooted to update some OS parameters, but now I can't boot into the host OS. Boot hangs with blinking cursor, so I abort and log in through the terminal, but my ...
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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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wl_inform_single_bss error on startup

Every time I boot Linux Mint, I'm welcomed with the following: [ 35.761843] ERROR @wl_inform_single_bss : cfg80211_inform_bss_frame error Then I have two options: either wait, say about 1-2 ...
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LUKS decryption at boot: using an nfs mount to store the key

I've been through this site for a number of LUKS related questions. I've seen methods for storing the LUKS key in plaintext on the root filesystem or on a USB key. My question is: Is there a way ...
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debian from disk to big disk: what i miss? [closed]

Usually i migrate virtual machine to new bigger disk following this procedure a)Attach new disk b)Mount to mnt c)rsync -avogpP --delete /olddirs /mnt/newdirs except for tmp proc sys dev,i use to ...
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Systemd fails to start after removal of encrypted swap partition on Fedora 20

In order to resize my boot partition I had to recreate my swap partition. After this systemd does not seem to be able to start. I am new to Fedora/systemd and don't quite understand where I could ...
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Can't boot from live USB after Debian install

I've recently installed Debian on my old Itautec pc, from a live USB with a Jessie net install. Everything was working fine, but after trying to restore configurations from an old server, I ...
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UEFI and Puppy Linux

I recently installed Puppy Linux on a USB stick using the Universal USB Installer, but I have not being able to boot from it. My notebook came with Windows 8 and had the secure boot activated at UEFI. ...
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lubuntu reduce size of vmlinuz file for PXE boot

I have poor knowledge about Linux systems, but Windows XP support is over. I have two older computers. I want install Lubuntu from PXE on this computers, but the problem is that they says "NBP is too ...
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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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How to detect / prevent systemd network startup failures

Using Centos 7 (most recent updates), on a remote firewall machine that is 200 miles away, I have occasional difficulty on reboot with the network stack not properly starting up. The box has 3 ...
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Ubuntu 14.04.1, 14.10 base distros take 30min+ to get to splash screen

Update: I've found a temporary workaround, but I would still like to find a more permanent solution. Workaround: I startout the boot process with the laptops battery removed. If I do this it boots ...
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How can I boot ubuntu from external Hard disk drive which is connected to Raspberry Pi

I have Raspberry Pi 2 which runs on Raspbian OS and External HDD is connected and mounted to it. It is connected to local server. I have a laptop and I want to boot Ubuntu from External HDD which is ...
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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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RHEL 7 PXE boot & install ends up with emergency mode shell

Trying to PXE boot and install RHEL 7.2, however it always end up with dracut:/# prompt. .... systemd: Mounted Configuration File System. dracut-initqueue: RTNETLINK answers: File exists ...
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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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Boot process stops until PS/2 key presses?

I'm working on an embedded product based on Gentoo linux 3.6.6 running on a Mini-ITX motherboard. We're looking at switching motherboards (from a Jetway NF9D-2550 to an Advantech EIMB-214), and to ...
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Qubes does not boot on Fedora/Qubes dual-boot machine

My goal is to have a dual-boot of Qubes OS 3.1 and Fedora 23 Workstation (respin). This guy got it working on Ubuntu, but he installed Ubuntu first, while I installed Qubes first. The last resort ...
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How do I run the Linux kernel?

I'm reading Robert Love's Linux Kernel Development in order to learn more about, well, Linux kernel development! But in Chapter 2: Getting Started with the Kernel, I'm instructed to download and ...
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Can't boot when moving Linux installation from one server to another - UEFI

Scenario I have two identical Lenovo (previously IBM) servers [xSeries 3250 M5 - model 5458EHM]. I've built Linux on server 1 and I want to be able to cold swap that hard drive to server 2. (This is ...
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How can I boot from ISO file stored on hard disk?

I know that I can create/burn a bootable CD/DVD or live USB and can boot/install from it. But suppose I am currently running Windows and I have an ISO file of GNU/Linux that I want to install on my ...