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Questions tagged [boot]

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

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How to input commands on the Live CD mode selection screen

http://www.ubuntugeek.com/how-to-fix-ubuntu-10-04-lts-lucid-blank-screen-at-startup.html I have the problem in the above answer page and to fix it I need to highlight Live Mode on the CD/USB and ...
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GRUB Boot Error: “the second sector of Stage 2 is unknown”

While booting, I am getting the error message internal error: the second sector of Stage 2 is unknown." This is under Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx. After posting, the full text of the GRUB loading screen ...
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How can I disable the purple splash screen at boot?

How can I disable the purple "Ubuntu" splash screen that displays at boot before the login screen has loaded? I'd prefer to just see plain text scroll by.
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Computer Hangs Even Before GRUB is Reached [closed]

Last night I was trying to make it so my iPod Touch would interface with my Kubuntu machine, and somehow I ended up doing something very, very wrong. Now, whenever the computer starts up, before GRUB ...
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How do I create a persistent USB 2.0 thumb drive install of Ubuntu in a Windows environment? [closed]

I would like to turn this 32GB USB 2.0 flash drive into a 32 GB partition with Ubuntu installed on it which I can boot and read/write persist as any normal hard drive install would be expected to do. ...
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Does Preload in conlict with other read-ahead type processes?

I would assume not as Preload is installed to use idle priority. Though I wonder if it is a duplication of efforts with other processes installed in Ubuntu. Does anyone have any more information?
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How to configure partitions across two physical drives?

I am a Linux/Ubuntu newbie installing Ubuntu Server 10.04 on a fresh box as a web server. My box has two physical drives (40GB and 160GB), and I wish to use them both. With no previous experience in ...
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Modules aren't loading - or something even more serious is wrong

I am trying to solve this problem. In the process, I messed up the kernel configuration and some of the modules aren't loading. Whenever I start that particular kernel, I get a message saying "Module ...
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How do I put Ubuntu on a NON-flash external USB hard-drive?

Amazingly enough, circumstances have left me without a single USB flash drive, or a working CD-R drive. Also, because I moved about six months ago, I got rid of all my extra Ubuntu CDs that I used to ...
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Blank screen on boot after upgrade from 9.04 to 10.04 with a toshiba tecra a2. Fix?

I can boot into recovery via grub and the low graphics mode option works but I don't really know what to do from there to fix it so I can use a proper graphics mode. It is usuable now though some ...
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Blank screen, blinking cursor on boot

Occasionally my Ubuntu 10.04 PC won't boot properly. It gets past Grub and then stops at a blank screen and blinking cursor. From what I've read, this blinking cursor screen is presented by Ubuntu ...
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How do I restore a linux boot partition?

First of all, I'm a linux noob (I've been using linux for a about four-five years, but only fixed problems as I got them though usually I just reinstalled everything). I have recently installed ...
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ureadahead seems to block the system on boot

I had a look at my bootcharts and something seems to be wrong with them. The ureadahead process does what it's supposed to do (disk utilisation is 100% most of the time), but it also blocks any other ...
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How can I boot from a 16 Gb pendrive with some old BIOS?

I need to boot Ubuntu in a computer (computer A) with no CD. I have a 16 Gb pendrive with a live Ubuntu version. The pendrive works in at least two newer computers. Computer A boots from a 2Gb ...
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Stuck at boot time in the splash screen prior to gui login dialog

This is an issue I've been facing for a long time. However I am still able to use my ubuntu via recovery mode, where I log-in to the shell, where I type startx. Sometimes when i restart, it goes in ...
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Is it possible to run currently installed Ubuntu from Windows?

I have Windows XP and Ubuntu installed on separate partitions. Is it possible to "boot" my Ubuntu install from within Windows? What I am looking for is something similar to a Virtual Machine, but ...
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How do I troubleshoot booting into black screen? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: My computer boots to a black screen, what options do I have to fix it? I installed Lucid Lynx over PXE onto this dell server seemingly successfully, but booting from the HD ...
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Kernel > 2.6.32-20 doesn't boot (root file system does not exist)

One of my notebooks is a Compaq nc4200 (Mobile Intel 915GM Express). All Ubuntu kernels > 2.6.32-20 don't boot on that machine. Instead I get an error message: error: unexpectedly disconnected from ...
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Will plymouth allow for a nice boot experience with proprietary graphics drivers in future?

The new graphical bootloader introduced in 10.04 (plymouth) looks amazing until I enable proprietary drivers for my video card. I then get a horrible flashy monster of a boot experience, which I can ...
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add default route on boot [closed]

I'm trying to add a default route on my ppp0 connection, I want the default route points to that connection. I tried to add it in /etc/rc.local but I don't think that is the right place to do so. I ...
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What is the “recovery” option in the grub menu?

I have a Ubuntu 10.04 and Windows 7 dual boot system. On boot, the grub menu appears. I see "Windows 7" and the normal "Ubuntu 10.04" but there's also a "Ubuntu 10.04 (Recovery)". What is the ...
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How can a user avoid entering password on boot? [closed]

Is there a way to avoid entering a password in the process of booting up? I am using a new and latest installation of Ubuntu, with Gnome desktop in it.
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Change boot order for Wubi

I've setup Ubuntu via Wubi recently for a friend and he came back with a complaint: On reboots the Windows partition is always selected by default, figured this was just a need to update Grub but ...
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How can I show or hide boot messages when Ubuntu starts?

Is there a way to easily turn on/off showing the boot messages (loading the services) when Ubuntu starts? Is it something in Grub2? I am running 10.04.
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How do I avoid the “S to Skip” message on boot?

After upgrading my laptop from karmic to lucid, my fat32 partition won't mount automatically. I get the message: The disk drive for /osshare is not ready yet or not present Continue to wait; or Press ...