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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Can't dual boot Ubuntu with Windows 8.1

I know this isn't the first time anyone has asked this question , I have looked around but that didn't solve my problem. I recently purchased Toshiba c-50a , with preinstalled Windows 8.1. When I ...
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No Partitions Recognized by Ubuntu in Trial Mode

I recently tried to dual boot my Laptop with Windows 8 and Ubuntu. I disabled the Fast Startup option in Windows 8 and Secure Boot was also Turned Off as my Model doesn't support UEFI. Now I inserted ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS hangs (all black) before showing login screen

Attracted by the open-source philosophy and the idea of a free system from the people for the people I decided to throw away my Window 7 and replace it with Ubuntu 12.04 (I even bought it, just to ...
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12.04 INFO message on black screen during boot, wifi works fine

During boot the purple screen vanishes, replaced by a black screen with one line of text [] INFO@wl_cfg80211_attach Registered CFG80211 phy for a few seconds then returns to normal. Boot works ...
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Windows 7 hangs up after Ubuntu dual-boot installation

I recently installed Ubuntu 13.10 using the Linux Live USB creator to create a live USB and then booting/installing from that drive. Everything seemed to go smoothly. I first tested booting Ubuntu ...
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First Boot Not Happening [ 7.471657] Adding 4041724k swap on /dev/sda7 Priority :-1 extents: 1 across :4041724k FS

I have been trying to get Ubuntu up and running in dual boot, this is the first time I have tried to install linux. Everything was going well with the install, the progress bar had reached the end of ...
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Boot problems after uninstalling Ubuntu

I have a Sony Vaio PC and after uninstalling Ubuntu from my laptop I went into a problem that I can't fix. I get a error message that says: SECURE BOOT FAILED! Your VAIO has detected an invalid ...
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Ubuntu 3.11.0-15 (on machine with NVidia) - can boot from USB drive - not hard-drive

In trying to install nvidia drivers a number of times I end up corrupting my install of Ubuntu to the point where it won't boot. I end up with the messages: nvidia: module license 'NVIDIA' taints ...
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Windows 8 not recognised when installing Ubuntu 13.10 [duplicate]

I recently got a laptop that came pre-installed with Windows 8. I would also like to run Linux, but I do not want to remove Windows, as many of the programs I use for school are only ...
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Can I have two distros on the same partition using btrfs?

I'm using btrfs successfully and have luckily separate home and system partitions. Using Ubuntu 13.10 and wanting to test 14.04, how can I do this using the btrfs file system? The system has an EFI ...
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How do I block GRUB from appearing when resuming from hibernation?

When my computer boots up after being shut down, GRUB has a timeout. I want the same behavior after waking up from hibernation. Any ideas how to accomplish this? EDIT: here's a clarification of the ...
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Need to deactivate NVIDIA driver from recovery mode or using Ubuntu 12.04 install disk

I tried switching graphics drivers from 317 to 304(post-release) because it kept crashing when I wanted to move my monitor's display to the other side of the laptop display (using NVIDIA Settings) ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 does not boot after update

as a complete newbie to Linux, I just installed a brand new Lenovo ThinkPad X230 with Ubuntu 13.04 from USB stick. Downloaded the installer from ubuntu.com and put it on a stick. No issues. Next day ...
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How can I create a bootable iso from an extracted Ubuntu 13.04 iso?

I have an extracted copy of Ubuntu 13.04 iso (live CD), but if I burn it directly it will not boot. Is there any way to create a bootable iso so that I can burn it to a DVD or USB flash drive? I ...
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Ubuntu touch on Nexus 4 fails to boot

Last week I tried Ubuntu Touch on my Nexus 4, and it was easy to install en to recover to android. So today I wanted to show the preview to some friends, and something has gone very wrong. Current ...
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Unable to log in and unable to reset the password [duplicate]

I was reading some blog and I found that I can manually start GUI by issuing this command sudo startx, so I did that. I did it in the terminal with the GUI already running. Now I'm unable to login to ...
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Error when booting, “Broken pipe”

When I reboot my computer, a black screen appeared with the following message: could not write bytes: Broken pipe * Stopping save kernel messages... [ok] * Checking ...
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GUI does not start on boot

Ubuntu 12.04 does not start x after boot up. Worked until now without any problem, and last shutdown was clean. After text log in I can run startx, but no tray and Alt+Tab does not working. Command ...
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Ubuntu installed GRUB over rEFIt

I had my Mac set up with rEFIt and installed Ubuntu 13.04, unfortunately GRUB was installed over rEFIt. I was not expecting this and have since found out that I have no idea where my installation disk ...
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Which Ubuntu ISO should I burn for my system?

When I am downloading Ubuntu to burn it and install on a partition, I keep getting the amd version (ubuntu-12.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso). I don't have an amd processor but I have intel i7 3740QM. On the ...
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Making Windows Boot Loader the default instead of Grub 2 [duplicate]

So basically before Ubuntu 13.04 I was running 12.10. I had Windows Boot Loader the default. If I chose to boot to Ubuntu, it would go into grub, but grub was set to 0 seconds so it would basically ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 won't boot after grub

I ran into a problem with Ubuntu 13.04. I installed it without any problems. When I reboot my machine it hangs on a black screen with a blinking cursor after grub. I tried recovery mode as well ...
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Checking media [Fail] on boot

Lately I've been getting this black screen at boot time with 2 lines saying Checking media [Fail] And the time of booting has extended greatly due to that thing (like from seconds to a minute) I ...
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Does not finish booting from USB

While following the instructions here (either 12.10 or 12.04) It begins good. Brings up the selection menu to boot from USB or to install. Then starts booting fine but never finishes. It gets stuck on ...
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LiveCD Boot Failer comm: Swapper/0 cant mount VFS

Kind of a noob but anyway... I'm trying to boot Ubuntu 12.10 livecd. I currently have Windows 7 x64 installed. I start computer to boot Ubuntu livecd and I get kernel panic. Something like: cannot ...
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Ubuntu 12.04, why service procps start doesn't start procps?

I have been trying to get some settings in /etc/sysctl.conf to take effect upon rebooting. So, I did the following as the root user on this node running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64bit # service procps ...
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Unable to Boot: error couldn't read file

I have installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on an IBM Thinkpad T41. Up until Linux 3.2.0-30 generic everything was working fine. I accept all the software update. With 3.2.0-31 generic the machine freezes ...
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Intermittently Won't Boot - Black Screen With Blinking Cursor - 12.04 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: My computer boots to a black screen, what options do I have to fix it? I have a fresh install of Ubuntu on my laptop. This MAY be a duplicate question, by my situation ...
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Ubuntu not booting, thrown into Busybox

I get this problem even in recovery mode, even with older versions of Ubuntu that are still in the Grub menu. I ran the default repair of the Boot Repair (as recommended in this question), to no ...
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Grub menu not waiting despite of GRUB_TIMEOUT=10

I have Ubuntu 12.04 installed along side of windows 7. The grub menu doesn't seem obey GRUB_TIMEOUT=10, I see the grub menu there for a split second and it immediately defaults to the first option. ...
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On boot, black screen says “Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS [ubuntu name] tty1” and asks for login

I am new to Linux, never used it before. I can follow instructions but don't know much about it. Tried searching for a solution to this but couldn't find one. I installed Ubuntu 12.04. It was ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 won't boot on Toshiba Satellite L855

I recently attempted to install Ubuntu 12.04 onto Satellite and problems during the boot splash, right after grub. I tried booting from a USB as well as a CD. I put a friend's hard drive into the ...
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How to automatically boot without asking for username and password? [duplicate]

I've just installed Ubuntu 12.04 and I'm new to it. Every time I turn on the computer Ubuntu asks for username & password to log in, I don't want that to happen & I just want it to log in ...
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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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Why does my external hard drive not boot

Since the C drive on my dell dimension 4600 has little space left on it, I decided to install Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on a USB, load Ubuntu to my Iomega 250 GB external hard drive. I used 2gb for mount ...
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windows system (bootloader) partition accidently deleted during multiple installs

After experimenting with multiple variations of backtrack and xbmcbuntu variations of Ubuntu with dual boot successfully, my windows partition became unrecognizable to grub. I used my windows boot CD ...
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How to enter the terminal from the boot manager?

I have been using the Twinview dual monitor setup and recently had to take my laptop with me on a trip, and I foolishly disconnected it without changing anything in nvidia-settings. Now, I can't log ...
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Problem with Ubuntu 12.04 installation

I recently bought a new laptop: Asus N55SL. I've tried to run Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on it. I was extremely happy with it on my previous HP Pavillion 6195. I have 5 partitions: ntfs win7 recovery ...
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Upgrade to Precise messed up GRUB2 [duplicate]

I just upgraded from Oneiric to Precise and it messed up my GRUB2, now I can't boot and keep getting an "error: no such partition" error. This is not the first time this happens but now I can't seem ...
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Unable to login when using the try feature of Ubuntu 11.10

Everyone today for the first time I have download & burn the iso image of ubuntu 11.10 & when I tried to boot it. It went succussfuly but when i selected try ubuntu without installation. It ...
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Boot menu does not offer choice between Ubuntu and Windows

I installed Ubuntu 11.10 on my desktop in Local Drive D as Local drive C was already having Windows Xp. I chose something else while installing Ubuntu and formatted with ext3 and chose use as '/'. But ...
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How do I prevent my computer from going straight to Windows?

I bought a Lenovo B570 laptop today, and one of the first things I did was burn an Oneiric LiveCD and install it. This was more trouble than I expected. It didn't automatically load to the CD when I ...
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Ubuntu 11.10 crashes on boot shows busybox [closed]

When i boot into ubuntu 11.10 it shows only a black screen stating "busybox built in shell (ash)" Enter'help' for list of keyword It was a fresh install,Installed some basic componets such as 'Ubuntu ...
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Stuck on boot screen forever after upgrade to 11.10

I'm pretty new to Ubuntu. I was just upgrading from 11.04 to 11.10, and my computer restarted (I'm not sure if it finished or not). Then it got stuck on the Ubuntu loading screen. So, I restarted it ...
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Ubuntu @myLaptop will boot only when failsafe graphics mode selected(several errors) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “You do not appear to be using the nvidia x server”(screenshot included) Suddenly cannot boot into Ubuntu. I am running ubuntu 11.04 at my asus laptop. ...
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What's wrong with my bootchart? [closed]

Currently my Ubuntu takes quite a bit to boot ~1min. Windows is about the same, even faster I think. I installed bootchart and ran it but not sure what to make of the results. Can someone take a ...
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Where can I find information or description of the boot up process?

I am looking for links to detailed information on how the ubuntu boot process is managed after grub is finished. I have googled by all the documentation referes to individual packages. (upstart, ...
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Accessing home directory of encryted ubuntu. Its on a USB stick and refuses to boot

I have a ubuntu system that refuses to boot. I cant seem to fix it. The system is on a USB stick and I need to access the home directory on it, but it is encrypted.
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Show Grub boot menu on 10.10 system

I've checked some similar answers which suggest holding "shift" until the screen shows up, this does not work for me. I also tried restarting the system several times in a row and even powering off ...
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Ubuntu freezes when gdm starts [closed]

I have Ubuntu 10.10 (upgraded from 10.04) I was browsing in Firefox yesterday, then the PC suddenly did a reset Once it restarted, everything went normal until gdm begun showing. Then everything ...