Questions tagged [boot]

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How to force grub to boot only the 1st OS?

Good evening, I'm running the lastest ubuntu server edition (i like the: apt-get update/upgrade ; command... a lot) and i need grub to boot only the 1st Ubuntu Server Image (every time). The grub ...
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How to get disable nVidia Graphics Card (which has recently expired) so that I can boot Desktop?

I have a 3-4 years old laptop (Compaq V3000), which had Win Vista with Ubuntu 10.10 in dual boot configuration. The graphics card inside is an old Nvidia GeForce Go 7200. One fine day, my graphics ...
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How to log boot messages?

I'm trying to check the boot log messages in the file /var/log/boot on Ubuntu 8.10 & 9.10 and I found it empty with the message (Nothing has been logged yet.). The bootlogd service is running at ...
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Can't boot when HDMI is plugged in?

Ok here is a thing i want use Ubuntu as media center with my 42" Plasma TV connected with HDMI first i installed windows and all worked fine HDMI port worked fine with movies but u know windows ...
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How can I get into Ubuntu 11.04 when there's no boot menu for it?

I have just installed Ubuntu 11.04 along with my existing Vista and I see no boot menu for it on start up. I Googled for it and got the answer that let me modify the grub file and then execute update-...
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How can I move a boot partition onto a Flash drive?

I have installed Ubuntu 11.04 Server onto an Acer Aspire Easystore H340-M. It was a Windows Home Server. The hardware has an integral Flash Drive / USB (SCSI11) of 256 Mb. Could I use this as the ...
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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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After apt-get autoremove: Missing Operating System

after a sudo apt-get upgrade I was told that some packages could be safely removed. I guess these were old kernels, so I did sudo apt-get autoremove but now the system won't start anymore and just ...
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“mountall main process executable changed” causing long boot times

I am desperately trying to improve my machine's boot time but I cannot succeed. For now I have spotted that in the verbose boot mode it stops for a longer time on this line : mountall main process (...
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AT3IONT3-I Boot from USB

I'm trying to get my HTPC I've built to run ubuntu. For some reason, when I try to boot from USB I get this weird graphical error. Tweaking the bios a little more tells me that it can't find anything ...
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Do newer Ubuntu releases benefit from multicore processors at boot time?

I've read the Upstart features and it says nothing about concurrency. I also read old advices to set CONCURRENCY value in the /etc/init.d/rc But there is a comment: Specify method used to enable ...
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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. Laptop ...
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Kernel 2.6.38-10 and 2.6.38-11 unable to boot in AHCI mode

I switched in my BIOS (on an old Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-S2H, rev. 1.1, Bios F1) the SATA settings from "Native IDE" to "AHCI" and was surprised that GRUB2 was not able to boot my kernel anymore. It stated:...
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Blank screen with blinking cursor after install

I find that sometimes when I install Ubuntu 11, I get a blank screen with a blinking cursor... what's wrong? Following this answer Press shift during boot e to edit entry (quiet splash to text) F10 ...
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How to physically separate partitions for User/Home access on demand?

I'm searching for months (if not years) now for a solution to the following problem: I wish to have a general setup based on the following: PC/Laptop/Notebook/Server with ... 1 (ONE) S-ATA ...
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Won't boot if USB stuff is plugged in? [closed]

Edit: it fixed itself, but I have no idea how... I have a new laptop running Ubuntu 11.04. If I have certain USB devices (a wireless mouse, or my camera, but not a USB flash drive) plugged in to any ...
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Why does Ubuntu ask to check my hard drives every so often?

Recently, I've been compelled to restart my computer a lot. When I boot, Ubuntu now starts scanning my hard drives for errors, but assures me that I can cancel if I want by pressing 'c'. Why does ...
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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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Why does my system get stuck at the splash screen after updating to Gnome 3? [closed]

Im a newbie to Linux and today I installed gnome-shell and I had previously installed nvidea current drivers provided by Ubuntu. After reboot it shows ubuntu splash screen and then stays there and ...
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Does Ubuntu allow me to get a synced login screen on boot that can be used by multiple computers?

I might be setting up Ubuntu for a small school, but this school has an existing Windows network that allows students to log in before actually entering the desktop. Each student has a small folder ...
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How can I fix a “disk not ready error” when booting from USB?

I installed Ubuntu and everything went ok. I did it by looking at this guide http://www.linuxbsdos.com/2011/05/23/install-ubuntu-11-04-on-external-hard-disk/ Then when it boots from USB I get this ...
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How do I get to my Ubuntu partition?

Basically this tragic story has been told before around here. I installed Ubuntu on a partition on my hard drive but it corrupted my windows when it resized. Luckily for me there was a tiny factory ...
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Why do I get a blank screen when booting from a CD or USB stick?

I'm trying to boot the install from either a usb or cd with the iso file on them, as per umbutu install page. I set my bios to first boot from them ahead of hard drive. When I try the usb it just goes ...
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How to recover from uninstall of ubuntu-desktop?

In my infinite wisdom, during a system upgrade, I somehow managed to remove 'ubuntu-desktop' and several other key packages. As a consequence, my desktop is now gone - I only see a standard X terminal ...
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How do I speed up boot time? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I improve boot speed? I am dual-booting Ubuntu and Windows 7. When I select Ubuntu at the GRUB menu, a blinking cursor in a black screen comes and takes some 30-40 ...
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wubi has an error now directs to menu

when booting i have the option to select Ubuntu or windows but when selecting ubuntu instead of going to Ubuntu boot screen it goes to the Ubuntu boot menu where you can select, kernel or another ...
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Why isn't my computer sending input to my monitor?

I have a desktop machine with 11.04. It has ATI/Radeon graphics: john@john:~$ lspci | grep VGA 01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RS880 [Radeon HD 4250] I was attempting to run ...
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How can I load the `vsftpd` daemon at system-boot, but have it “start” in a “stopped” state?

Because I only occasionally need to run an ftp server (vsftpd, in my case), I would prefer to just have it fully active only when the need arises. This suggests two possibilities to me, but I don'...
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New Dell Vostro 3550 will not boot into Live CD

I've been trying to install Ubuntu and/or it's derivatives on my new Dell Vostro 3550 but I'm finding it impossible to boot into the live CD environment. Here are the things I've already tried: ...
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What should i do with my reinstallation of Ubuntu?

I tried to install Ubuntu 11.04 side-by-side with my Windows on my HP Pavillion g6, but it caused me a lot of different troubles. So I tried to reinstall Ubuntu on all of the disk memory with a live-...
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Diagnose a system that doesn't boot

I have fiddled with the wrong drivers (it was working fine before) and now I'm where many have been, where the system doesn't boot. Boot hangs at a certain point. For me it's when you get all those ...
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How do I fix a slow boot on a RAID setup?

I've just finished setting up a RAID 1 on my system. Everything seems to be okay, but I have a very slow boot time. It takes about three minutes between the time I select Ubuntu from GRUB and the time ...
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Ubuntu 11.04 unity / classic load fails - remains at background without toolbars / windows

IMPORTANT: Ubuntu Classic (without effects) works. I am trying to get unity to work. Have the following problem with Ubuntu 11.04 (had it with 10.10 too, but disabling KMS or using the fglrx driver ...
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Change default location of programs / users

I just bought a new SSD hard drive and want to minimize writing to the drive by moving users and applications to another 1TB hard drive. Windows 7 accomplishes this fairly easily. I want to know how ...
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Ubuntu can't mount swap from RAID1

I have just built a new server to host a minecraft server. I have two hdds that are in hardware raid 1, and I have installed Ubuntu Server 11.04 on those disks. My problem is that anytime I reboot I ...
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How do I restore grub after I ran a fixmbr command?

I have deleted a partition which had an incomplete ubuntu install using Windows 7 partition manager. Other than that I had a different partition with a working ubuntu but when I deleted the partition ...
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How to improve file access speed?

My computer is very slow when starting applications. You clearly hear how the hard disk seems to read files from all over the disk. A first idea would be to check for fragmentation (since the drive is ...
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Why is plymouth required?

Why is plymouth so important that cannot be removed on ubuntu desktop 11.04? It has priority required and mountall and cryptsetup depend on it. I do not have really any need to remove it, but a ...
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I just moved my HD from a Lenovo X201 to a Lenovo W520, and everything seems to work. Is this OK?

I had Ubuntu Natty full configured and working on the SSD drive in my Lenovo X201 Thinkpad. Then I got a Lenovo W520 Thinkpad, which I'm sure has different wireless card and graphics card and other ...
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Can I split /boot to a different partition on a single partition system?

The title says it all. I have set up my system, configured it and everything, using only one partition for / (ext4). So no separate home, boot, swap etc. So the question is: Is there a way to go from ...
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How to remove startup program/service which starts during booting?

I installed EC2 Cloud tools. Which made me wait for 60 sec during boot-up. Later I removed the tool but unfortunately the program was still there and waits for 60 sec during startup. How to I see ...
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Cannot boot from LiveUSB: “aufs mount failed”

I used Universal USB Installer to install an Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook LiveCD image on an SD Card. During this installation, I indicated that I wanted a persistent LiveUSB with 4GB dedicated to ...
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System doesn't boot unless I hit enter

I'm trying to remove a ~40 seconds pause that happens when my Ubuntu machine starts. During this pause, all I see is a magenta rectangle (approx 80% of screen size) over a black background. The gap ...
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Optimize bootup sequence

I'm on Ubuntu 11.04 (upgraded from 10.10) and suffering really high bootup times. It got so annoying, that I decided to dive into bootchart analysis myself. Therefore I installed bootchart and ...
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Reboot hangs 100% - possibly in mountall

UPDATE: It seems mountall is hanging inside the routine emit_event(), which it calls after / is remounted to emit an event to that effect. Inside emit_event, it calls ply_boot_client_flush(), then ...
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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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11.04 won't boot all the way - unusable [closed]

I'm new to ubuntu/linux and need some trouble shooting help. I setup 11.04 with zoneminder, it worked great for a few weeks and now it seems to boot fine but I'm unable to use anything. runs very ...
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System Never Finishes Booting

I'm using ubuntu 10.10 dual boot with XP. I planned to increase the size of swap partition. So I delete the swap partition. And I move the partition right so that swap partition can get 2 GB. Then ...
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System boots to a black screen after upgrade to 11.04

I was a similar situation to this user: Dual Boot 10.10 and 11.04 can't boot into 10.10 after an update Only many more GRUB entres. Natty still worked - and I could still access the natty ...
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Boot options menu disappeared

I had Windows 7 and Ubuntu both installed on my machine, but for some reasons I re-installed Windows 7, and now when the system starts, I can't see GRUB menu, which normally appears asking using for ...