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How to switch from Grub to rEFInd without breaking everything

Okay so a little backstory: I've been trying to install Linux as a dual boot (with Windows) since yesterday, here's how it went down : installed Debian, worked well but I had to boot in nomodeset for ...
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Write a bootable image of system into an internal disk, without removing a data partition

I have an internal HDD like partitioned like this: [---- 100 GB unused ----|----------- 800 GB data ------------] 100 GB of unused or "to be deleted" old partitions /dev/sdb1, /dev/sdb2, /...
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Fedora missing in Grub after installation

I have installed Fedora 36 for the first time (UEFI), but Grub only shows the option to boot Windows boot manager, and Fedora doesn't appear. I haven't tried to change anything yet because I don't ...
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Custom Linux mint installation: Is there a way to add files to a bootable linux mint 19 USB such that they are copied to the desktop on installation?

Apologies if my question is strange. I couldn't find anyother questions similar to this, so was unable to find an answer. I would like to know whether it is possible to copy a set of files onto a ...
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How to install OpenBSD 7.1 on NanoPi R4S using SD card as root disk?

I would like to install OpenBSD 7.1 on the NanoPi R4S (Rockchip RK3399 ARM64 SoC). Following the instructions in INSTALL.arm64, I managed to make the NanoPi R4S boot miniroot71.img. I wrote the ...
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May anaconda or authselect change files automatically?

OS: CentOS Linux release 8.3.2011 kernel version: 4.18.0-240.el8.x86_64 authselect version: authselect-libs-1.2.2-3.el8.x86_64 authselect-compat-1.2.1-2.el8.x86_64 authselect-1.2.2-3.el8.x86_64 ...
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Black screen after start

I installed Ubuntu on my pc, but it goes to black screen after powering on after only writing Lubuntu, what might be the problem or how can I reboot it?
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When I install Qubes on an external SSD it doesn't give me the option to boot from the SSD

I installed Qubes on an external drive but it isn't recognized by the boot loader like a flash drive is. I used the dd command and then BalenaEtcher and neither will work. Is it possible or do I need ...
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Fedora 33 crashed upgrading to Fedora 34 and it no longer boots

I am a Fedora Novice User and I am begging for help. My system has been working perfectly for around 2 years. I initially installed F31 and I've been updating to F32 and F33 using the Software Center. ...
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Reinstalling all base fedora packages from live USB or distro repair

I am an idiot. I was browsing the internet as was told to install media codecs. I followed this guide and ran the below sudo dnf install gstreamer1-plugins-{bad-\*,good-\*,base} gstreamer1-plugin-...
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NVMe Arch Linux Dual Boot w/ Windows 10

I am installing Arch on my PC with Windows 10 as a dual boot. Windows 10 has a 120GB NVMe drive as the boot drive (C drive), along with a 2TB HDD. I have a completely separate 1TB NVMe drive that I am ...
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New installed Kali linux is not connecting to internet [closed]

When I was installing Kali linux on my pc, I realized DHCP can't be configured so I skipped that part. After installation I used ifconfig and saw wlan0 was there but after opening a website I get this ...
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fclose: no space left on device when installing kali linux on laptop

I'm trying to install Kali Linux on my laptop, and after partitioning it says fclose: no space left on device, though my HDD has 1TB. These are my laptop specs: I3-7100, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD. I don't know ...
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Mariner Linux install override password requirements

When installing Mariner Linux, it refuses to proceed due to the password not being strong enough. This is for a local VM, and password strength doesn't matter. In fact making it different from other ...
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Does installing Linux on a windows machine only format the OS partiton or does it format the data partions too?

I have Windows installed in C: drive and the D: drive has my data. I know reinstalling Windows can be done without formatting the non-OS drives but from what I can tell, Linux has a completely ...
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How is the default hostname set in Ubuntu?

How is the default hostname set? Usually it is something akin to the manufacturers model name or string. I am curious how that value is accessed, as it seems it would be something from the bios or ...
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Define partitions to install Linux but considering Security and Administration aspects/concerns

Scenario: for simplicity - consider that exists a hard disk of 500GB to only install Linux (for example Ubuntu, Debian or Fedora) - and if exists a hard disk of 750GB or 1TB then 500GB are dedicated ...
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Arch (or Manjaro) install into KVM VM: UEFI boot disk not found after cold start

I installed Arch Linux into a KVM virtual machine using the Installation Guide. The installation was successful because after rebooting, I boot into my fresh installation. The problem is that after I ...
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Qubes os: If we assume a malware have changed content of installation drive will the installed system be compromised?

I want to install Qubes, and i wonder if files get modified by infected hard drive the installation will be aborted or maybe the process continues and the system is compromised. Am not talking about ...
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Amd driver fails everytime i try to install it

So I wanted to update my drivers for AMD for a better experience but every time I try to update I get this error The following packages have unmet dependencies: fglrx: Depends: fglrx-core but it is ...
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Installation freezes while installing Ubuntu, POP, Xubuntu, Lubuntu

I have an X540Up Asus laptop with AMD R5 M420, an Intel i7-7th Gen CPU, and 8 GB RAM. I am trying to install Ubuntu from a USB drive. The system takes a long time during the transition between ...
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Unable to PXE install with DVD Repo in Preseed

I have set up an nginx instance where it hosts the entirety of the DVD debian 11 iso file. This because I want to use it as a repo. It's unsigned, but the Release file and packages are there as it ...
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Accidentally deleted the /boot/ folder and re-booted. Was stuck at grub screen and did live USB. How can I get my old system back?

EDIT 4: Ok, i just checked the partition manager on lubuntu, and I see that my root device nvme0n1p4 is completely empty, with only 400mb used :( So to conclude, it appears that I effectively have ...
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How to create a seperate install directory for softwares/ libraries/ applications in Ubuntu?

I want apt-get install files, .deb files and custom install files to be installed in this location. I'm going to do a fresh install of ubuntu on my office laptop. In windows, you can move the program ...
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Unable to install Ubuntu 20.04 on VirtualBox - screen doesn't show necessary buttons

I am using windows 10 with virtualbox to install Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. The problem is quite silly, but I can't conclude the installation because the "install" button isn't visible at all in the ...
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Qubes OS Installer shows Debian11

I am trying to install Qubes OS via an iso image on a USB stick. Version R4.0.4. I checked the release signing key and the hash value of the iso image. But the graphical installer keeps showing me a ...
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What is the BOOT.conf file used for?

I am trying to create an custom install iso for rhel 8. On the installation iso, there are 2 files in the EFI/BOOT/ directory: BOOT.conf & grub.cfg. The diff command doesn't show any difference ...
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Cannot create custom partitions on a rhel 8 installation

I am trying to install RHEL 8 on an older server that had been running CentOs 7 and can't seem to do custom partitions even though it will install if I allow it to create the partitions. Every time I ...
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Automate Alpine Linux installation

I am trying to achieve unattended Alpine Linux installation. I went through the Alpine automatic installation guide but many manual interventions are still needed during the installation! For example ...
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Arch linux installation messed up, computer currently on hold

I am currently following this tutorial to install arch linux https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_f8pnXIrF8&ab_channel=ColtFoxy at 22:23 What I have done following the guide: mapped the drive using ...
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Is "bios boot partition" unsupported on openSUSE 15.3?

I'm trying to install OpenSUSE 15.3 from a multiboot USB key on a HP Proliant DL385 G7. I'm not experienced with OpenSUSE, but I need it (or CentOS, or Debian) in order to be able to install HP ...
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Cannot install Linux after upgrading SSD drive, issues with GRUB

This was my previous, working configuration: SSD1 - 256GB NVMe - Windows 10 SSD2 - 512GB SATA - Linux This is my new configuration after an upgrade: SSD1 - 1TB NVMe - Empty, unformatted SSD2 - ...
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Make a Zorin OS + Windows 11 dual boot without decrypting everything

I'm new to Linux, and I want to install Zorin OS to make a Windows 11 + Zorin OS dual boot, but my hard drive is encrypted by BitLocker. Is there a way of doing that without decrypting everything?
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Any ideas on how to make a partitioner that will not break a device with a bash program?

So, I am trying to create a bash program that can be grabbed from my website that will do all of the functions necessary to install Arch without putting in all of the work. I need it to be able to ...
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Kali linux works perfectly in live mode but refuses to load after installation

I tried using kali Linux on my Asus rog Advantage edition, it works perfectly without any issues in the live version, but after installation it sends my laptop into a series of reboots and black ...
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How to automate post-installation setup of a distribution?

As you all know, setting up a fresh installation of a distribution can be time consuming. Manually installing and setting up various packages and apps takes a lot of time, even with all the dotfiles ...
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I have installed centos 8 recently, I need to install windows replacing centos from my machine. How can I do it should I create a new disk format?

I have installed centos 8 recently, I need to install windows replacing centos from my machine. How can I do it should I create a new disk format? I don't need dual boot as I have less RAM(4GB)
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Cannot launch xorg on intel graphics i5-8250U computer

I bought a used computer on Ebay last week and have been trying to install Arch Linux (my usual OS). For the most part it went smoothly, it boots fine without any issues and I can get a TTY for my ...
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Devuan - SSD install - freezes at login

Greetings to one and all. I tried installing Devuan Chimaera Xfce (based on Debian Bullseye 11) on a HDD and SSD using the same ISO file. The HDD install was successful and I could login into the ...
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CentOS / RHEL Installers Can't see my Computer's Hard Drives

I've tried installing Ubuntu and the installation went flawlessly. However, I'm interested in CentOS / RHEL This is an old Windows Vista era Dell Inspiron 531. I've seen the info regarding AHCI and ...
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tee iso contents into dd or directly to /dev/sda?

Over a year back, I contributed to a tutorial on how to install NixOS on Linode. It seems like most tutorials that deal with putting iso files on installation media always use dd, which is why "...
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How to use parted in script mode to create 3 partitions

Trying to create an installation script for a from-base linux distribution. The first partition I would like to create is a 1G /boot The second should be a variable sized swap partition (current RAM*...
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FreeBSD Installation

I have followed all the installation steps, installation is done but when I reboot it's not loading the host that I have created FreeBSD.local. It's loading by default root host.
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BIOS UEFI mode settings

I want reinstall Debian11 from LiveUSB, in UEFI mode: should I disable in BIOS these two options: "Secure Boot: disabled" and "Load Legacy Option Rom: disabled", apart from set ...
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Custom PXE install / How do installers work?

I have set up a PXE server for my network, from where I serve the default Ubuntu ISO image. Running the installation leads the user through the (graphical) Ubuntu installer. I'd like to modify this ...
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Releasing whole filesystem as Linux distro? [closed]

I want to create a Linux distribution based on Arch. For now, I just created a script which does all the needed commands to install the system, such as pacstraping, copying configuration files etc. I ...
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can't boot into arch linux after fresh installation

So I just tried to install archlinux a bunch of time without being able to boot to it, I searched my problem and found a lot of people having the same problem and I tried a bunch of things but ...
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Adjusting a RHEL 8 install for a machine without a hard drive?

I've been working with a custom RHEL 8 image (basically the official ISO but with a kickstart for packages/configuration) on a CD and have gotten it to install without issue on a piece of hardware ...
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BMAX S13 LAPTOP: NO WIFI

I recently bought a BMAX S13 13inch netbook that was advertised as being upgradable. Fortunately, this was correct and swapping out the small 128GIB M.2 SSD for a 1TiB M.2 SSD was a breeze. I wish all ...
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How to Convert .CER certificate to .CRT

I tried to to Convert Fiddler.CER certificate to .CRT format: $ openssl x509 -in FiddlerRoot.cer -out FiddlerRoot.crt unable to load certificate 139962232211264:error:0909006C:PEM routines:get_name:no ...
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