A bootloader is a small program that gets executed at startup time. The bootloader loads data and other startup process into RAM where they can be executed.

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Upgrading a dual-boot system HDD

I dual-boot my laptop due to lousy VM performance, and have a new 500GB/7200rpm drive coming in to replace the stock 320GB/5400rpm drive. I have the drive set up in three partitions: one for the Win7 ...
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How to install MBR with Maverick or Karmic

I have been using Ubuntu since 9.10. Now Maverick crashed and my MBR is wrecked. I have run dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bs=512 count=1 on advice from another Ubuntu user but now I can only install any ...
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Unable to boot Into Windows 7 after Ubuntu 10.04 update

I'm running a dual boot Windows 7 / Ubuntu 10.04 system. I ran the Ubuntu update last night, and today when I tried to boot into Windows 7, it goes straight to the windows recovery on my Acer 5517 ...
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How do I find out which boot loader I have?

I know Grub is the one installed by default when installing Ubuntu but I am faced with an embedded system running 9.10 Desktop Edition. Following are the contents of lsb-release file ...
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Windows Vista disappeared after installing Ubuntu10.10?

I had Windows Vista Ultimate SP2 160 GB HDD, 1GB RAM,INTEL DUAL CORE One of my friend told that UBUNTU is also a better OS and is an open source programme and u can use alternately both Ubuntu or ...
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How can I customize my bootloader to make it prettier?

I hate how when I turn on the computer it just (after the hp logo, which I hate having also), shows white text on a black background. I'm wondering if there's easy ways to customize this (I'm choosing ...
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I cannot change the grub Default item from OS-1, but I can from OS-2 (dual-boot 10.04 on both)

My 10.04 system (OS-1) got into a tangle the other day, so I installed a second, dual-boot 10.04 (OS-2), so that I could trouble-shoot the hung system... In case it is relevant to my question, I'll ...
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Restoring GRUB2 on Software RAID 0 using LiveCD after Windows 7 wiped it

I have installed Ubuntu 10.10 on my system. However, I need to install Windows 7 back, and I expect that it would alter GRUB and it did. Right now, my partition on my Software RAID 0 looks like this: ...
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Screen goes black after VGA change

My old GF 8600 went dead some weeks ago. While I waited for my new card, I used an old Trident PCI card to use the desktop. I could use windows but not Ubuntu, but I still removed several nvidia ...
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How to understand the different stages of bootloading?

I would like to know different stages of the Bootloading process happening in ubuntu. Specifically the different stages in GRUB and GRUB2. Please guide me on this topic. Thanks, Sen
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Wubi won't boot after a kernel update [closed]

I use Windows Vista 32bit and have a Wubi install of the 10.10 RC. It worked great, until one day when I upgraded the kernel and rebooted. Now, whenever I select Ubuntu from the Windows boot menu, ...
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Direct boot to a named USB device

Is there a method for adding an option line in the GRUB loader (Ubuntu 10.10) that directs the boot specifically to a named USB device? If so, can you provide an example of the line to add? This is ...
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Install without installing boot loader

I'm trying to install ubuntu 10.10 without installing any linux boot loader (grub, lilo etc). I remember prior 10.10, there's an option for disabling install boot loader. I couldn't find this option ...
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How to remove a duplicate Ubuntu Installation without ruining OS boot menu

I have a dual boot setup: windows vista and ubuntu. But, I actually have a duplicate Ubuntu install that I setup a long time ago to get my bootmenu back... (my computer at one point could not find ...
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Why doesn't BURG replace GRUB?

BURG looks a lot better and user friendly than GRUB, at the same time it get the job done. Why Ubuntu have not switched to it?
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How do I change from dual-boot Windows/Ubuntu to single-boot Ubuntu?

I have an old Vista laptop that I partitioned and installed Ubuntu on, with dual-boot. I've now decided to switch entirely to Ubuntu. What's the best way to achieve this? My current partitions: ...
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How to enable the Boot Splash Screen?

After hitting enter from GRUB, the screen displays a blinking cursor. How can I enable the loading screen, so that the boot splash screen displays instead of a blinking cursor??
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Can I make grub2 boot from a CD in an external USB CD drive?

I would like to boot from an external USB CD/DVD drive on a Toshiba Portege which can't. I've tried with plop, but haven't had any luck.
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How can I get the grub menu on boot?

This is for a friend's Toshiba Portege laptop with Ubuntu 10.4.1 on it. They want the original Windows XP for tablet PC installed; they do have the disk, but the Portege seems unable to boot from a ...
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How to change the menu order of BURG

I have BURG installed with GRUB2 to provide nice GRUB themes on my GRUB loader. I have it all setup right but I want to know if it's possible to change the order of my menu icons. As of now, I ...