Questions about the bootup process in Ubuntu. Use this tag if you have trouble booting Ubuntu or you have questions about the bootup process.

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PC won't boot anything but Ubuntu

Well, I decided to give Ubuntu 12.10 a try but really isn't for me, mostly because I'm a gamer at heart and the game selection on Linux is very limited. :P I want to revert back to Windows 7 but I ...
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UEFI Boot Failure - Hang after Printing USB Information [closed]

I'm experiencing a really weird boot problem. With both 12.10 and 12.04LTS, the vast majority of kernels (and initrds) that I've tried boot, but hang immediately after printing out information about ...
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Deleting recovery partition on dual boot machine and resizing window 7 partition

I am using a dual boot Ubuntu/win7 machine. My win 7recovery partition is around 20GB, since I have created recovery disks I am assuming I no longer need it my windows partition is only small I was ...
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Ubuntu way to run sysctl -p on each boot?

I made some changes to sysctl.conf but now need to run sysctl -p on each boot. I can always create an init script to have it run automatically on boot, but I was wondering if there was an Ubuntu / ...
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Ubuntu kernel can't read its own root partition, but LiveCDs can?

My / partition is unreadable from the hard drive install, but I just ran fsck on it and know it's clean. I can open it in Nautilus from the LiveCD but chrooting to it doesn't work! It [the chrooted ...
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Unable to enter single-user (recovery) mode [closed]

I'm running Kubuntu 10.04 on an x86 machine, most updates applied. I need to get into single-user mode to install the latest nvidia drivers to support my new dual-display graphics card, but nothing ...
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/dev/mapper/vg00-root does not exist

Since I upgrade from 11.10 to 12.04 server. I obtain the following error at boot. /dev/mapper/vg00-root does not exist I must use the recovery mode to manually do "vgchange -ay" to active my VG00. ...
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Crash when booting system error no wubildr

erorr no wubildr then boot with red pix-elated screen after i log in it freezes and lines of code pop up. I think it may be a hex dump. what do I do? I have a fx 4100 and a radeon 6670 graphics card.
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Slow reboot - understanding fsck and tune2fs

I'm having a problem with my web server: when it's been up for a long time, and then it goes down for some reason, it takes forever to boot. My workaround to this was to create a cron to reboot the ...
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My Ubuntu 12.10 does not startup to GUI

When I switch on my Laptop and chose Ubuntu to start it up. I am stuck with console only asking me for my username then for my password. I do not know what had happened to my Ubuntu, last thing I ...
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Save kernel on Acer Aspire One270 with Ubuntu 12.10 - Booting Issues

I did search the forums for quite some time, yet did not find any answer to my problem... I have an Acer Aspire One D270 with Windows 7 Starter and I've installed Ubuntu using the Wubi installer. ...
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My system won't boot after install of 12.10

I just finished installing 12.10 on my desktop. I chose to erase the current data on the drive and start fresh. When my system attempts to boot now, it doesn't see an available operating system at ...
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Compaq Presario R3000 randomly fails to boot on 11.10, 12.04, 12.10

I’m trying to figure what to do with random failures to boot. My old HP Presario R3000 with AMD Athlon XP-M sometimes boots, sometimes hangs with a blank screen during boot, and sometimes hangs on ...
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Error: File not found

Error: File not found. Press any key to continue...-- I get this when after I choose Ubuntu on start. Pressing any key doesn't work. What's this? I'm new to Ubuntu.
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Which kernel version to use if the latest has problems and what's next?

I had problems when I installed the latest updates on Ubuntu 12.04 a few days ago. My computer didn't boot correctly. I read many questions here and I got to work with an older kernel version: ...
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Boots up into Terminal

I am running a 64 bit version of Ubuntu 12.04.1, and I when I boot up, I am thrown (Rather violently. :P) a full-sized terminal, instead of my lovely GUI login screen.. So I looked around and tried ...
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Live-Ubuntu 12.04 ran fine, now stopped booting!

I've seen similar problems to this several times in the forum, but mine is a bit different, so the other posts I saw were no help to me. When I boot Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit from live-SD-card (3GB ...
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Ubuntu not booting properly

I just bought an Asus EeePC with Ubuntu 12.04 installed on it. After turning it on and performing the updates it didn't boot properly and showed a screen saying it was working on low graphics mode, ...
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How to setup whole-disk encryption with dual boot on a MacBook Pro (generation 9,2 with 12.04)

I can install Ubuntu 12.04 on the MacBook when using the "noapic" kernel boot option, using the alternate amd64+mac image (from http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/12.04/release/ ). But after ...
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Use Ubuntu graphical desktop without monitor at boot

I have two computers: one running Windows XP and one running Ubuntu 12.04. They are connected to my monitor via a VGA switchbox. What I would like to do is be able to boot Ubuntu without a monitor, ...
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Installing windows after ubuntu is installed (need to create ntfs partition too)

I prefer Ubuntu to work on, but for some applications for school, I need windows. I've done some research and have a few problems: I only have one hard drive which is formatted as ext4, not ntfs. ...
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Setting nomodeset (VESA graphics mode) through GRUB shell [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to set nomodeset for installation? I'm installing Ubuntu Desktop AMD64. I've previously done this on the same system with the Alternate iso install because it uses a ...
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WUBI Ubuntu 12.04 boot, No kernel, GNU Grub, nothing works

Yesterday my Ubuntu 12.04 (Wubi) system was working completely fine. But today when I tried to boot I was brought to a GNU GRUB screen. Typing boot yields no kernel specified or something along those ...
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How do I get rid of the drive mount confirmation question for sshFS on boot?

With help from this site, I was able to set up an SSHFS connection between two computers on my LAN so that one auto mounts on the other at boot time. Everything works, but there is this annoying ...
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Grub error 17 and 18 - grub rescue - how to boot again?

I've read several similar grub error questions and answers, researched on Google (a lot), but still have not found a solution to my problem. I have an "old" notebook where I've installed Windows XP ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 installed on hard disk using USB pendrive does not boot from hard disk

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 using USB pendirve but it only boots if that USB is connected. It does not boot from the hard disk. Any solutions?
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Unity will not boot 12.04

I switched to GDM and restarted. No problem. Waited several days and my system is working well, except for a minor bug in Gnome 3.4. I install Ubuntu Tweak and make a few tweaks. Reboot and all is ...
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Clean install, shows only purple screen

I've installed Ubuntu 12.04 on clean PC from Live mode. After reboot I can only see purple screen - no boot splash etc, can't access to alternative screens like ctrl+alt-f6 etc, but I can hear login ...
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Ubuntu freezes running the first time [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What should I do when Ubuntu freezes? 12.04 Freezes on first run after install, loading screen says 'Preparing to run Ubuntu for the first time...' — stuck on 2nd dot ...
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USB boot is skipping and reverting the HDD

I installed Ubuntu 11.10 to a 16gb USB drive (Kingston DataTraveller G3), I know it is fully functional as I have tested after disconnecting my HDD. My BIOS has all other devices in a higher ...
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Cannot recover grub due to missing vmlinuz and intrd.img

I had a dedicated grub partition, upon trying to diagnose this problem, I decided to change the default partition to the ubuntu system. But it didn't work, So, I booted from the live cd, formatted ...
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Why can't I see the image changed with GRUB Customizer?

I installed grub-customizer to edit the boot-screen. It works so far (i. e. for timeout), but changes concerning the background image (and maybe font styles, too) aren't applied. I placed the image in ...
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Black screen after update ubuntu 11.10 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: My computer boots to a black screen, what options do I have to fix it? I am completely stuck after updating Ubuntu 11.10 on HP Elitebook with Intel Graphics. I first ...
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Have grub2 boot 32 and 64 bit Ubuntu

I just installed a system like this: ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ ls -l /dev/disk/by-label/ total 0 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 2012-01-22 18:49 Boot -> ../../sda1 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 2012-01-22 18:49 ...
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Grub 1.98: “error: no argument specified”

Recently, I updated Ubuntu 10.04 Server LTS. The server reports itself as DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu DISTRIB_RELEASE=10.04 DISTRIB_CODENAME=lucid DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 10.04.3 LTS" There are multiple ...
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How to install Ubuntu using a USB stick? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I install Ubuntu from an USB drive? I cannot install Ubuntu 11.10 from a USB stick. It doesn't boot to Ubuntu page for installation but remains on Windows 7. ...
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Blank screen after ATI video card installation on Ubuntu 11.10 amd64

I am new to Linux, and don't have much knowledge on the OS and its technical terms. I brought a new ATI/AMD Radeon video card, and installed on the new Ubuntu 11.10 amd64 system (this is my first ...
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11.10 randomly fails to boot on Compaq Presario R3000 [closed]

Help!! I currently have 10.04 and 11.10 installed on a Compaq laptop. 10.10 boots first time, every time and apart from a wireless issue runs fine. 11.10, however,doesn't boot first time. Boot up for ...
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How do I pass “ACPI=OFF” to my kernel on boot?

When I tried to upgrade from 11.04 to 11.10 the system froze, so I've been playing around with a couple other linux builds (Fedora, Mint, and Puppy) the last couple days and I keep coming around to ...
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Can't boot into Ubuntu, keeps returning to GRUB

I installed Ubuntu yesterday but it does not work when I try to access it. Instead it sends me to GRUB 1.99 . What can I do to make it work normally? What are the commands that I have to give for it ...
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How to fix my MBR? While installing random Ubuntu my MBR is not getting overwritten anymore

I boot with liveUSB. But how do i fix now my MBR, so that i can re-install Ubuntu? (after installing ubuntu i get mostly this blinking cursor and black screen) root@ubuntu:~# fdisk -l Disk /dev/sda: ...
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Can`t boot into ubuntu 11.10 64bit

I've already installed ubuntu 11.10 64bit version on my PC, but it won`t boot into ubuntu. i only get black screen then system suddenly reboot and then i only got blank flickering screen i`ve already ...
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Persistance with a remastersys ISO on a USB pendrive

I'm trying to create a bootable ISO of Ubuntu 11.04 using remastersys's backup option. Ubuntu's Make Startup Disk utility allows me to create a bootable USB drive with this ISO, but the option for ...
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Booting ubuntu gives “init not found”

My friend has been using ubuntu 10.10 on vmware player for many days now. But today, it has a problem booting, so we started the ubuntu live cd to try and fix it. Running sudo fsck /dev/sda1 (got ...
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init not found try passing init=bootargs

I tried to install ubuntu in my sony CS17G notebook. After selecting the option "Install ubuntu" from the boot menu, I am always getting the error.. init not found. try passing init=bootargs. ...
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how to fix broken grub after already having tried to repair it?

I recently added another partition to my hardrive where ubuntu was installed to and afterwards when I booted ubuntu I got sent to the grub rescue> terminal. The fix for that was that I had to ...
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Ubuntu wont boot from live cd. “chkdsk”?

I am not tech savvy so I don't understand why it wont boot. It says something about using "chkdsk". I searched for chkdsk and the program appeared but then went away. Im confused. Can anyone help?
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Home folder does not open and “Continue to wait” message

After I upgraded almost everything in my system (it took a long time and I executed only one command from the terminal, probably sudo upgrade or update), my Ubuntu 12.04 became a mess. It sounds ...
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Ubuntu stopped booting

Ubuntu 15.04 has been installed. An update published May 21th was processed, which contains a new kernel. It stopped to boot with a message "Starting version 219." I have a Ubuntu bootable usb. ...
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Booting from Lubuntu on USB with several partitions

Here's my goal: a fully self-contained Lubuntu 14.04.2 installation on a 256GB USB pen drive that I have, which also has an NTFS partition that Windows can read. The drive is /dev/sdd. I started by ...