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

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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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getting the message “out of partition” after installing GRUB 2. What is happening?

I recently moved a partition with a complete Linux install except /home to a new disk (with DD). Everything went fine, I can mount the partition, browse it... perfect. Next step: install GRUB to ...
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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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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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GRUB 2 scripting: convert device name in GRUB notation into a Linux device name

I'm trying to use partition labels (or UUIDs, that does not matter) to select root partition without use of an initrd/initramfs. With initramfs, this is fairly easy: root=LABEL=... or ...
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LVM RAID 1 for root

I have LVM RAID 1 (not mdadm RAID 1, but exactly LVM2 RAID 1) for my root partition. I would like to make my system boot without either of the HDDs where the underlying PVs of the root LVM partition ...
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Used xrandr to rotate monitor but cannot reverse it after deleting script

I following a guide to have my tablet (Samsung ativ 700t running ubuntu 12.10 Gnome3) invert the screen 180 on login I place a script file in /etc/X11/Session.d/45custom-script. Contents of file: ...
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How to load HID kernel module from the kernel command line?

While upgrading a server from kernel 3.2.9 to kernel 3.5 I had a problem with the network (ifconfig eth0 up won't work) so I updated the system to get a newer userspace, but in the process something ...
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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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Can't boot into lfs after completing chapter 9

I faithfully followed all the instructions in the LFS-7.5 book till 8.3. 8.4 is optional as it asks us to install grub or skip it entirely. I skipped this section completely and issued update-grub ...
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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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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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Password protect Grub2, but still allow normal boot

I have seen this link , but I don't have grub.conf in the first place. His situation is the inverse from mine though. This link explains quite a fair bit on Grub2, but I am still clueless as to how ...
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Move boot disk on SAN storage on Solaris 10

I'm looking for some infos/official docs/howto for migrating boot disks in a production enviroment server from internal disks to SAN on Solaris 10. It's possible for every kind of hw? It's also ...
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Unable to install the selected kernel

I have problem with my DVD drive. It's corrupted and when I'm trying to install Ubuntu it stucks (even with the miniISO) I was able to successfully start the OS from system rescue CD. I'd like to ...
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Why does my Pandaboard boot partition need to be vfat, and the rootfs need to be ext3 or ext4?

While booting Android on a Pandaboard, I am partitioning the SD card into two partitions, boot and root. They contain different filesystems. Why does the boot partition need to be vfat, while the ...
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How can I mount a dm_crypt device during boot, it fails all the time

EDIT: Problem solved, i updated from Debian 6.0.6 to 7.0.0, everything works now! I have a complex problem at booting. Basically, I have a debian apache box, as a music server in my home network. The ...
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How to troubleshoot kernel panic on boot

I'm trying to run Debian Linux on a Nokia IP710 firewall, but I can't get it to boot correctly: kernel panic every time. The firewall has a Pentium III 1Ghz and 512MB RAM. It has no vga, a very ...
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Silent boot opensuse without fbsplash

I want to boot my openSUSE 10.3 distro without any boot messages. I've looked at fbsplash, but it requires patching the kernel, a thing which I cannot do at the moment (not because I don't want it or ...
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Linux boots sometimes into kernel instead of Openbox

I have a Solid-Run Cubox and installed Debian Netboot on it. Now I want to configure it as webserver/kiosk PC to run a self made webapp. I installed xorg, openbox, apache/php libs and wrote my own ...
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KDE not loading without nomode tag in grub and bad resolution

I recently installed Linux Mint 13 KDE but it's not working fine. At first I had to use failsafe mode to boot because normal boot takes to a textual login. If I use normal boot and text login I'm not ...
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Install Chrome Linux from PXE boot

I've got a PXE boot server from which I can boot a selection of LIVE CD's. Mostly different Ubuntu distributions. Setting it up for ubuntu was relatively easy. I have copied the caspar directory from ...
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Fedora now tries to connect to wireless at boot?

In my Fedora 16 installation I've recently noticed that it tries to connect to wireless at boot (I have kernel messages turned on at boot so I can see it trying). The issue though is that my wireless ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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For what are disk signatures being used for by GNU/Linux (distributions) / grub?

I am talking about disk signatures in context of the MBR. The area from 441 to 445 bytes. For what does the GNU/Linux kernel, GNU/Linux distributions usually use disk signatures for? I only found ...
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How to show progress when loading initrd?

I have a complete root fs built into initrd, so it's almost 500MB. It takes a while to load to memory and during this time, the screen has no indication of the progress. I would like to know if there ...
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VFS: Cannot open root device “nfs” or unknown-block(0,255)

I am trying to setup a diskless client which will mount over nfs to the server. When I try to boot the client I get the following error message: VFS: Cannot open root device "nfs" or ...
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Computer wont boot with any media after installing wine on Ubuntu 13.10

Yup. I can boot into anything (meaning the os part), like a cd/dvd, a live usb, or the os on the HDD. i can boot into the first screen, which i think is called the grub selection screen and whatever ...
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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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Stuck on installing grub to a usb stick (unknown filesystem/no such partition)

I just spend all day on trying to get my system to boot again, I'm getting a bit desperate...snif. The setup is as follows: a debian installed in a luks encrypted usb hard disk with lvm volumes for ...
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Booting failing in different Debian and Debian derivated distros?

I've tried Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Debian, even though all have worked great for me I'm keeping with Ubuntu, I tested 12.04, 12.10 and even 13.04. The 12.04 LTS is the one I work with. There's one ...
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Memory test while booting . Unable to boot Ubuntu 12 04 LTS

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. All of a sudden, my I'm unable to load the OS. A memory test is happening while I'm trying to boot the system.
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GRUB2 Edit Mode problem

I have recently installed Fedora 18 using UEFI. The problem I'm facing is that when I try to go into edit mode in GRUB, my PC freezes, displaying just a black square instead of text. Unfortunately I ...
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Unable to Boot into F17

I was currently running Win8 and F17 as a dual boot on my home desktop with an i5 chip and Asus UEFI BIOS. Unfortunately, while I was in Win8 I accidentally removed the partition that held my F17 OS. ...
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Instal linux from USB without bios support

I have old pc where I want to install debian from "smaller CD" (up to 40mb, rest will be downloaded). I have made bootable usb from this debian. The problem is, my computer is so old that it (bios) ...
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Why does eth0 only go up sometimes on boot?

I just installed Arch with Archboot. On boot, there's about 50% change of eth0 to go up. If it doesn't I'll have to reboot. What could cause this? If it goes up, dmesg contains: [ 7.9...] IPv6: ...
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Fedora 17 freezes at loading screen with a CD-based installation

I'm trying to install F17 on my laptop (Toshiba A-665 ... 4gigs RAM, nividia gforce GTS350M,core-i7 1.7 GHz processor), but the liveCD boot freezes about 3/4 of the way through the loading icon... ...
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Creating a Virtual filesystem to boot linux

I am trying to boot the linux kernel (bzImage) in QEMU but have had issues. After asking on U&L I found out that my problem was that I was booting the kernel without a filesystem to boot from. So ...
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Copy live CD to RAM on boot

OK, so I've put together a live CD which uses isolinux as the bootloader. Any idea what magical option or switch I need to use to make it copy the compressed filesystem to RAM before mounting it? (Not ...
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Fedora 17 not booting

I just got GRUB to properly set the resolution, thanks to this wonderful answer. After selecting Fedora 17 and waiting a bit, this displays: [ 0.752888] [Firmware Bug]: powernow-k8: No compatible ...