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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Where is the bootloader stored - in ROM, RAM, or elsewhere?

According to the wikipedia entry, a bootloader is a small program stored in ROM(a part of the main memory(RAM), isn't it??) which can only be read and not erased. I am a little puzzled here. Does this ...
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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 install BURG?

I found the source in launchpad for 11.04 and 10.10 but I don't know how to install or compile it.
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How to set Windows bootloader as default bootloader?

I have a Win 7/11.10 dual boot system with Grub 2 as the default bootloader. However, I want to make Windows bootloader the default bootloader (grub 'dos' like interface scrares the hell out of my ...
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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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Where to install bootloader when installing Ubuntu as secondary OS?

I'm trying to install Ubuntu as secondary OS on my laptop. I have Windows 8 already installed on my laptop. Now, I know how to run Ubuntu from USB drive, I created addition partition and formatted it ...
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Cleanly uninstall ubuntu from Nexus 7

If I install Ubuntu on the Nexus 7 (following the instructions at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Nexus7/Installation), and later uninstall it, will the device be in the original state, or will there be ...
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Is burg compatible with 11.04?

Has anybody tested burg on natty? Is it safe?
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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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Grub2 detecting two Windows 7 (loader) entries

This is the first question I have ever asked the Ubuntu Community. I'm fairly new to Ubuntu, but I understand the basics and know how to navigate the Terminal. I also know how to search the existing ...
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How do I manually boot from the grub prompt after do-release-upgrade?

I read a couple of other questions on this topic and they both pointed to the Grub2 community documentation and installing grub configs from an install disk. I had some trouble with the ...
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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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Add an entry for Ubuntu on Windows 8 boot loader

I have installed Ubuntu 12.10 by creating free space in Windows 8 and then using that space to create 3 partitions, one for SWAP, one for GRUB (mounting point is /boot) and one for the actual OS. I ...
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How to make Windows boot first? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I set Windows to boot as the default in the boot loader? I want to know how to make Windows the default boot OS in Ubuntu 11.10, how to make Windows boot first on ...
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Can I Install grub on an USB and make it a rescue disk?

Can I Install grub on an USB and make it a rescue disk? Question: Is it safe to run the following commands? sudo grub-install /dev/sdb (where sdb is my USB drive) update-grub2 Question: Would ...
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How can I disable the purple bootloader splash at boot?

This question has been answered before, but neither of the methods in the accepted answer worked for me on 11.10. First I tried editing in /etc/default/grub, and then running sudo update-grub. But ...
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Fix Windows MBR using Ubuntu Live CD and ms-sys tool

I'm trying to fix the MBR using Ubuntu live CD. I already have the ms-sys installed but from the threads that I saw, I'm not completely sure in which /dev I should execute the command: sudo ms-sys ...
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Where to install boot loader on a Zenbook Prime?

I cannot figure out where to install the boot loader on my Zenbook UX31A Prime. I have installed Ubuntu many times on normal hard drives, but this is the first SSD and I am struggling. Installed ...
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Graphical Themes for GRUB

I am a fan of BURG because it makes GRUB look pretty. However, it hasn't been supported in ages and doesn't work properly on UEFI systems. Has anyone out there made something similar recently?
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Where is the boot loader installed?

Where is the boot loader, such as Grub, installed generally? When I install 12.04 along side Windows on different partitions of my disk, I encountered a choice for "Device for boot loader ...
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How can I get GRUB to appear after installing Ubuntu with Windows 7 using a LiveUSB?

I booted Ubuntu 12.04 LTS from a LiveUSB, and then selected the option to Install Ubuntu to my hard drive. I allowed the installer to partition it, giving Ubuntu 50GB and leaving Windows 7 with 200GB. ...
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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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Dual-boot computer won't boot without external hard drive

I have Ubuntu loaded on my external HDD. I tried to unplug the external drive so that this way I could run Windows as the default OS to boot when the computer turns on, but it gives me an error. I ...
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How to restore Windows7 after restore ubuntu bootloader?

At first I will describe my situation in a few points: I have installed Windows7, and then Ubuntu 11.04 on my machine. Then everything works fine and at start of system I have screen from linux ...
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Booting Ubuntu with GRUB2: how to add boot entry to GRUB2?

Last night, I decided to take the plunge, and install Ubuntu as complimentary part to my dual boot system (with Windows 7). Unfortunately, the entire process has been a struggle uphill, namely with ...
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Unable to load Ubuntu after installing Windows

I had Ubuntu 11.10 installed, I installed Windows 7 on another partition but now on booting I cant see dual boot options and Windows 7 is loaded. How can I run Ubuntu now?
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On which partition is my bootloader installed?

How can I check on which partition Ubuntu installed my bootloader from within Ubuntu?
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Installing Ubuntu 10.04 to external HDD overwrites the MBR of the internal HDD

I have a Asus A42F laptop which has Windows 7 32 bit installed on it's internal HDD. I have just installed Ubuntu 10.04 on a portable HDD using the laptop. Now my laptop does not boot Windows 7 if ...
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Is it safe to switch my bootloader to BURG?

I have Ubuntu 11.04 and Windows on a single hard disk. After reading it became clear that there are some options to have the bootloader changed into a screen with just the Ubuntu and Windows icon. ...
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Ubuntu won't boot since upgrading to 14.04

I'm new to Ubuntu so be kind! I recently installed 13.xx, some months ago. For the most part, there were only a few niggles and I was using Ubuntu fine. Recently, though, I was asked into an ...
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How to make a proper Ubuntu/Windows 8 dual-boot using the Metro Bootloader? [duplicate]

I'm the owner of a UEFI PC and I would like to make a new setup of windows 8 and ubuntu 12.10 both in x64. I' don't know if that's possible, I've made some searches, I've followed some tutorials like ...
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Where to install grub?

So, My partition table looks like: /dev/sda /dev/sda1 16708MB (Windows Recovery Environment (loader)) /dev/sda2 367MB (Windows 7 (Loader)) /dev/sda3 368203MB (Windows 7 Files) /dev/sda5 ...
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How do I upgrade to the latest Grub 2.00?

According to this link, GRUB 2.00 has just been released. How can one upgrade to this?
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I need help with Grub and restoring Windows?

I started out with Windows XP and then I installed Zorin (a sub distro of Ubuntu) and then I installed Ubuntu. This was working great. Then I installed Windows 8 on yet another partition and couldn't ...
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How to check what bootloader my System is using?

How to check what bootloader my System is using? Such as Lilo or Grub or Grub2. How can I check it?
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where to install bootloader

New to ubuntu here and am trying to set up 12.04 alongside my windows7 install. I got the iso onto a flash drive, managed to install everything just fine, but when I restart the computer after ...
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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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Error message “Signal out of range 92KHz - 58Hz ” when starting Ubuntu. What is wrong and how can I fix it?

My monitor has an Analogical connection. First I install windows 7, then I install Ubuntu 11.10, when this installation finish I restarted the PC. Any time there I turn on the PC I see the BIOS ...
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Windows 8 no longer boots after Grub wiped out the Windows Bootsector

I was using Win8 and installed Ubuntu 12.10... There is an entry in GRUB for W8, but when selecting it - GRUB comes back again, so Windows never boot up. I can only launch my Ubuntu. /dev/sda1 * ...
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What is the correct way of removing a linux partition in a dual boot system?

I have setup a dual boot system in my home computer with XP and Ubuntu in that order. I want to know how to remove the linux partition without screwing up the bootloader? I want to know this because ...
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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 the bootloader be stored outside the HDD?

If the Ubuntu boot loader is stored on the Hard Drive, is there an alternative to loading the boot loader from the hard drive? Can it be stored on alternate storage such as a CD or even an external ...
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Ubuntu 11.10 bootloader doesn't start windows 7

I just installed ubuntu 11.10 alongside with Windows 7. Ubuntu starts and work fine. Instead, when i click on the last option: windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda1) the bootloader reload itself and ...
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If I uninstall ubuntu, will Windows Boot Manager still be there?

I want to get rid of my Ubuntu partition, because I never use it on my laptop, only on my desktop. If I remove Ubuntu (I'm assuming GRUB will go with it), will Windows Boot Manager still allow me to ...
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Can't boot to Windows anymore after removing Grub on a Netbook

Today I decided to try out Fedora by booting it from USB. I liked the OS, and decided I wanted to install it to my hard-drive. I couldn't complete the installation because I needed to free up a ...
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GRUB install error

Whenever I try to install Ubuntu, I get a fatal error that reads: Executing'grub-install /dev/sda' failed. This is a fatal error. Its the same as this, but my graphics appear to be running fine. ...
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Windows 7 suspend failed after Ubuntu 12.04 installation

HP 6235.fr - 2 Hard Disk - 1 NVDIA GT220 Clean installation of Windows 7 on first hard disk. Windows 7 suspend/wake up is working. Clean installation of Ubuntu 12.04 from web ISO image on second ...
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Formatted Ubuntu partition & now grub says “error: no such partition” - can't enter windows

I had installed Ubuntu (current version: 11.xx) alongside Windows Vista. Now I formatted the Ubuntu partition & merged it with another partition (without thinking, obviously). Now, when I ...
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How do I access a WUBI install after installing a third OS alongside Windows?

I have never got my head around the boot loaders and stuff. I have three partitions C:, D: and E. I installed Ubuntu inside Windows (wubi) on the second drive D:. Yesterday I made an another ...
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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 ...