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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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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Will not boot normally or into recovery

Newbie here. Yesterday I put Ubuntu onto my laptop. Most things were working fine, except the shutdown command would not power off the device. Today, it will not boot normally or into recovery. Normal ...
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Ubuntu just keeps stuck during boot with starting version 219

After upgrading from 14.10 to 15.04, I cannot boot to the desktop environment because Ubuntu is just showing Starting version 219 message during boot. After the purple screen with Ubuntu and five ...
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Easiest way to get GRUB bootloader to appear first

so here's my problem. I'm running a dual boot Win8/Ubuntu 14.04 LTS setup, I forgot to install the GRUB bootloader when I was partitioning for the Ubuntu 14.10 installation. This forces me to boot ...
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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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Couldn't make pendrive boot-able using UnetBootin

I've an iso file for RHEL in one of my pendrives. Now I want to first make the device bootable, so that later on I can put RHEL as a VM. Now the problem is even after following the instructions to ...
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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 ...
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Lubuntu wont start without a random cd/dvd/usb inside

I think I just broke everything. Lubuntu wouldn't install without the USB plugged in and when It did install, it set up but I couldn't see it when I pressed f12. After 3 failed atempts I tried to ...
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Impossible to boot after proprietary drivers installation (Nvidia)

I was using Ubuntu 14.04 before, with the suggested proprietary drivers (can't remember exactly which version). I've just updated to Ubuntu 15.04. Everything is working fine with open source drivers. ...
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Why does the screen go dead until I press escape every time I boot up?

I have Ubuntu Studio 14.04, it is the only operating system on my machine. Every time I boot up, the BIOS loads, and then the screen goes dead and will stay that way unless I press ESC, in which case ...
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Boot repair disk failed to repair boot after Windows 8.1 upgrade

I am running a dual boot with Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 8. After upgrading to Windows 8.1, I am no longer able to boot into Ubuntu. It says "unknown filesystem" and gives me a prompt for Grub repair. ...
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No boot loader option after install [duplicate]

Hello I was trying to install Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS to dual boot with Windows 7. So far I manage to install the Ubuntu and upon reboot no boot loader option to select the OS I want to load. Here is my ...
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Ubuntu (14.04) boot animation is different/lower graphics after using nvidia graphics driver

My system used to have a problem where it would hang on wake up from suspend. I started using the proprietary Nvidia drivers as suggested in some AskUbuntu post. After that Ubuntu would always boot ...
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Booting to black screen ubuntu 14.04.2

Please Help. When I boot up I just get a black screen that never goes away. I tried booting ubuntu in recovery mode and it said: display adapter :[FAIL] ( something like that show up). It could be ...
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Why should I partition my disk for Ubuntu 14.04?

So I am a new user of Linux Ubuntu 14.04 and I was wondering if its really necessary to partition my HDD. Is my boot up gonna be faster if I do partition it or is it just good practices to do it.
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Cannot boot from USB with ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS [duplicate]

Tried to boot live USB with Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS. After selecting boot from USB and selecting Install Ubuntu it then goes back to the motherboard splash screen. Pressing F12 to select boot menu and ...
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Cannot start Ubuntu: shows endlessly Ubuntu logo

I can't start my computer anymore (nothing changed). It shows the Ubuntu-logo with the five white dots becoming red and white again, endlessly. No error, no login screen. Anybody any idea how to ...
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Dual boot but only Windows boots

So I just made a fresh install of Windows 8.1 and then Ubuntu 14.04.1. The problem is, that I can't make GRUB as the main boot option, it is not listed in BIOS so my computer just loads into Windows. ...
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0xc000000f error when starting Windows from Grub

Recently I corrected the dual boot by re-installing the grub bootloader. I did that by first adding an entry pointing to Linux in easyBCD settings. Then, when I restarted the computer it showed ...
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Ubuntu installation not found by update-grub

This is a different case than the other questions about this topic, none of which helped solve this one. I have two disks (I'll call them disk 1 and disk 2), each with its own GRUB. Both disks boot ...
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Is it possible to create a start up disk for 14.04 LTS via Windows 7? My Ubuntu o/s has crashed

I have "messed up" my system and when I boot up I get a blank screen which asks for my keyring login password. When I enter the password the screen goes completely blank and nothing further happens. I ...
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Ubuntu 14.10 boot takes ESC to give encryption passphrase prompt

Need help getting a friend's Acer Aspire 5560 (2048 MB, 500 GB, Radeon graphics using 512 MB of board RAM) up and running. Crunchbang got corrupted (or hard drive had a nasty event), used ...
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Realtek ALC662 rev3 speaker problem

I have a strange problem with Ubuntu 14.04 and the Speaker of a particular PC (all-in-one, builtin speaker). cat /proc/asound/card0/codec* | grep Codec Codec: Realtek ALC662 rev3 Codec: Intel ...
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I think I accidentally removed the current linux kernel when trying to free up space in /boot

Sorry for being a bit long-winded, but I am not sure what has happened so I'll try to state what has happened as completely as possible. I am currently logged in to the system and it's running. It is ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 boot problem on DELL Inspiron 5150 [duplicate]

I acquired the DELL running XP Pro sp3. It was very slow to boot, and didn't perform well with my wireless network. I have Ubuntu 14.04 on my Toshiba and it works wonderfully well, so I thought I ...
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Dual Boot Ubuntu failed after upgrading to yosemite

After upgrading to Yosemite, I cannot boot into Ubuntu: it goes to a black screen. GRUB appears in the upper left corner and Flashes "_" . I am using refind . Can anyone help?
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New to Ubuntu grub recovery help!

Hi I'm new to Ubuntu and linux. I installed Ubuntu side by side to Windows 7 on my PC. I used the same install disk for my two PCs. On my 1st PC everything is working good! Second PC I sometimes get ...
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How to Find Command Line before Boot-Up

Ubuntu 14.04 was working fine for a few weeks after installation, detecting USB wireless Microsoft all-in-one keyboard/touchpad. Then it stopped, at least after boot-up. Keys work before boot-up to ...
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Ubuntu 14.10 booting problem

Recently I upgraded to 14.10 from 14.04. After booting from boot loader for the first time, the screen goes black and nothing happens. When I restart it again, a screen prompts which shows Unable ...
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How Do I Install Ubuntu 14.04 on Toshiba Portege z935 Using Something Else?

How do I Install Ubuntu 14.04 on Toshiba Portege z935 Using Something Else?
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Cannot boot Ubuntu from Acer C720 shell

I'm no longer able to boot Ubuntu from my Acer chromebook. I would be very grateful for any help. I get the following messages in the Shell: crosh> shell chronos@localhost / $ sudo startxfce4 ...
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Restore EFI System Partition to state before installing Ubuntu

I found this thread that says how to delete GRUB2 Uninstalling GRUB from UEFI laptop But I'm not sure if it applies to me or if I'm doing the things correctly, I'll attach a few screenshots about the ...
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Can no longer boot into Ubuntu Touch on Nexus 7

I had installed Ubuntu Touch on a Nexus 7 (2013), and all was working reasonably well. I believe I clicked on something to upgrade the system, and then it no longer booted -- just get a small ...
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GRUB2: black screen when booting Windows

I know this might be a duplicate, but I've read a lot of threads about this and none pointed me to the solution. When loading GRUB2 I have a black screen (with static white cursor on the upper left) ...
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Slow Boot Times — “gave up waiting for root device” error

I just installed Ubuntu this past Sunday. This afternoon after my laptop battery was drained, I plugged it in and started to boot into Ubuntu (I have a dual-boot setup along with Windows 8.1). I was ...
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ubuntu unknow partition cannot mount or update grub

After a power failure, I had the following error: error: unknown filesystem grub rescue> I ran the ubuntu repair using a live usb. The log can be found here: http://paste.ubuntu.com/8464735/ After ...
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Dual boot pc boots directly to ubuntu instead of showing grub menu

I installed windows 8.1 on my new laptop (which came with freedos), I later tried to dual boot the pc with ubuntu 14.04 (with legacy mode). I didn't get an option to install alongside windows 8 so I ...
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laptop restarting itself during ubuntu install (HELP?!)

I hope somebody can help me with my problem. Im trying to fix a laptop (Acer Travelmate 2350) for a friend after he got the blue screen of death running XP. Ive tried to install various different ...
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Ubuntu live USB shows blinking cursor on boot [duplicate]

I decided to switch from Windows to Ubuntu finally, but I experience a booting problem. I'm crating a live USB, restart PC and try to boot from USB. When I select to boot from USB, after that I am ...