General :: Not Booting Through Nfsroot But Booting Properly Through Flash

Jan 6, 2011

I am using a linux kernel 2.6.36 using mips architecture. I have succesfully booted the machine through Flash memory, but it is not booting through nfs. It is getting stuck at the stage where the image starts loading. In short the vmlinux.img file is being copied properly to nfsroot but the image is not loading.

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General :: Backtrack 4 Final, Not Booting Properly?

Feb 28, 2010

So i have decided to start with backtrack as my first linux operating system. i have the live cd, it works just fine (tested with vmware) i have several options as to how to boot in, I choose my option but it just goes to a black screen unless i select boot using ram. I have 4gb memory, 500 gb hard drive, 2.5 ultimate core dual processor.

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General :: Custom Built Live CD Using Gentoo Not Booting Properly On All Machines?

Dec 12, 2009

I've been working on creating a Live CD with the tools I want, just for my use with system recovery and repair. For the most part, things have gone very well. The Live CD actually works fine, somewhat. I have run in to a problem where it doesn't actually boot on a lot of hardware.

What happens is during boot, while the modules are loading, the boot process hangs and the disc drive spins down. While I thought it might be a kernel problem, I'm using the .config from the latest gentoo Live CD, which boots fine on the same hardware.

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Jun 1, 2011

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General :: Dual Booting USB Flash Drive?

Jan 13, 2010

How to put ophcrack on linux because of my supposed intentions of plugging it in waiting 20 mins and cracking passwords wherever people do this I know having to waste my space triple booting the thing with Ophcrack XP/Vista and BackTrack. How does one go about dual booting a flash drive? I could not find much on the internet.

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General :: Old Sony BIOS Use USB Flash Drive - Stick - For Booting

Feb 18, 2011

I probably have not done any serious programming for 20 years, not counting a little HTML.

I stumbled onto an old FREESPIRE disk my bro sent me several years back -- and tried installing it on a Sony Vaio PCG FRV 28 I had crashed a few years back. The Sony bios is still aboard, but old enough to not have USB "booting" as part of the boot menu. I don't even know if one can easily hack into the BIOS on an old sony Vaio but changing the BIOS would solve lot of problems.

Does anyone have any ideas or certain knowledge on rewriting or modifying the Master Boot Code or an idea on making my USB [with Ubuntu or any other Linux implementation visible] and bootable to the bios on powerup?

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Ubuntu :: 10.04 Not Booting Properly?

May 14, 2011

I have Ubuntu 10.04 installed on my machine. Recently due to power failure, my machine is not booting up properly. When I boot into ubuntu( I have dual boot XP & Ubuntu), A long data sheet scrolls and at the end the following comes Target filesystem doesn't have /sbin/init

No init found. Try passing init= bootarg
BusyBox v1.13.3 (Ubuntu 1:1.13.1-1ubuntu11) built-in shell (ash)
Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.


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Server :: OpenSUSE Not Booting Properly

Apr 14, 2010

I am a Java developer for a small company that develops web based solutions to our clients. My Linux skill levels are somewhere between newbie and experienced.The company I'm working for has hosted server that is self managed due to the nature of the software that we develop. The server is located in a data center and the host is fully responsible for maintaining the hardware.Recently the motherboard of the server failed and had to be replaced, this happened promptly, however when the server was booted up I was notified that our Linux is giving problems starting up.I was given access to the server via a Raritan lara (KVM-over-IP).

This enabled me to configure the network again.A few things I've noticed with this however. The old network interface was named eth0 while after the swap the new one is named eth1. There is a failure message for bringing up the NIC named eth0 (old non-existing one).Further after the re-configuring of the NIC (IP, subnet etc) I could connect to the server via SSH, our Apache was running without any visible issues (didn't notice anything in the Apache erroe log). The web frontend on JBoss was running good but I kept getting the failure to start eth0 message on startup. As well through the KVM device you never saw the login prompt, it just hangs on some point (once it was after saying httpd2 started up successfully and another after CRON).I have no idea of where to go look for this issue and I can't even say for sure that it's after the motherboard issue as I could use SSH without a problem after the NIC configuration as I used to connect to the server.I've further looked at dmseg but that also doesn't give any indication for me.

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Fedora Installation :: System Is Not Booting From Disc Properly

Aug 17, 2010

am running fc10 and windows xp on my laptop.As usual my windows got crashed.When i inserted windows xp cd, the system is not booting from disc properly. It shows inspecting systems hardware and then turns into a blank screen.

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Ubuntu :: Grub2 No Longer Booting Into Windows Properly

Mar 22, 2010

so after my upgrade to 10.04 I'm experiencing a puzzling problem with Grub2. It can load everything fine except for XP. I have XP on a separate partition, it is detecting fine and the grub.cfg file is created withou a problem when I the appropriate commands to update and upgrade grub. What happens is that I select Windows XP from the list and it goes to a black screen where a cursor in the top left corner blinks 3-5 times and then immediately kicks me back to the Grub menu. I can do this forever but the grub menu just gets reloaded every time. Any ideas?

Here is the windows portion of my Grub.cfg:

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
menuentry "Microsoft Windows XP Professional (on /dev/sda2)" {
insmod ntfs


Here is my boot.ini on the ntfs partion I am trying to boot into

[boot loader]
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)WINDOW S


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Ubuntu Installation :: Properly Multi-booting Grub With Windows First

Mar 5, 2010

I wanted windows to appear first in my grub2 menu so I renamed the 30_os_probe file(or whatever it felename is) to 09_os_probe so that it comes before the 10 linux file, problem is whenever these files get updated the updater is unable to find the 30_os_probe file since I renamed it and recreates it... leaving me with two versions (09 and 30) with 09 being of course outdated.

The updater also fails to run update-grub and instead attempts to update grub.cfg manually... and fails. I had to manually do a sudo update-grub.

Is there any way to fix this so its all updated automatically while leaving windows the top choice? No manual intervention required beyond clicking "install updates"?

Also, is it possible to JUST have the Windows and Ubuntu choices, no Ubuntu recovery, memtest, alternative(older) kernels for Ubuntu, etc in the grub menu?

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Ubuntu :: Updates Have Caused System To Stop Booting Properly?

Feb 9, 2011

Scaleo Pentium 4 system with several HDDs 3Gb RAMUBUNTU 8.04 (I think) inside a 50Gb partition (J:)Operating dual boot with Windows XP all OK until ......sanctioning the updates. Now Ubuntu will not complete a boot up.Studio Starts to scroll its name then screen goes back to A/numemeric reports and hangs for time-outs which never resolve. Power - down only way to exitExample of screen report at point of stopping:-

Starting hardware abstraction layer hold
104.628464] ata3.00 revalidation failed (errorno -5)


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Ubuntu Servers :: 10.04 Server Edition Not Booting Properly - Monitor Shutting Down

May 16, 2010

I 10.04 32bit server edition on a box I had lying around, set it up for samba+upnp, and everything was going great.

When rebooting, the server now turns the monitor off, and I'm not sure if anything's loading. I see the initial dell splash screen, and hear the hard drive start to run, and then the monitor goes into standby.

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Ubuntu :: Booting After Installation (Dual Booting With Vista) - Error: No Such Devide Found

Jun 24, 2010

i decided to install ubuntu in my PC,i downloaded the .ISO image and i installed it in my USB. After trying it and all that i observed that i really liked it and i decided to formally install it to my computer in the hard drive. When i reached the partition thing,i selected to dual boot with Vista and select between each them in every startup,when i clicked FORWARD it gave me an error which i did not read(because,again im a noob) so i clicked cancel.

Today i wanted to go through the process again and now really install it,so again i went to the time zone part and i clicked forward but then,instead of taking me straight to the partition phase,it appeard a window saying "The installer has detected that the following disks have mounted partitions: /dev/sda ...." I clicked yes,to unmount this partitions so it took me to the partition thing,once there i selected the option to install Ubuntu with Vista and select between them i neach startup,then i clicked forward and went to the username/computer name process,once i finished i continued to the next part,the installation,but i selected to import all of my WIndows VIsta default user data,after that i clicked forward and went to the installation process,i went down stairs to eat soemthing while it finishes,i came back and it was finished,it asked me to reboot so i clicked in Restart Now.

When it tried to boot,appeared an error saying: Error: no such devide found: #################### Grub load(or something like that) grub rescue: and it was a command line,since there i havent been able to boot into vista or Ubuntu,im really scared because is the first thing related to OS installing ive done,so i booted my USB and ran the trial and right now im trying to find out what to do from that trial version.
I just went to the INSTALL UBUNTU 10.04 LTS application under the System>Administration Menu and found out that in the partition phase the Install and allow to select between both systems in eahc startup option,i dont know what to do,i foudn out that my HD has still all its data(MUsic/Videos/Folders/Programs/ect.)its just that i cannot boot from it. Also in GParted it appears as /dev/sda1/ and a warning icon besides it,also when i go into information, thers this warning there [URL]

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Ubuntu :: Booting From USB Flash Drive?

Mar 13, 2010

I ran across this webpage and was just wondering if anyone's tried this before.


I've got a spare 1GB lexar jump drive and was thinking of trying it out.

I just wanted to know if a 1GB drive is large enough.

anyone tried a Lexar jump drive before?

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Server :: Booting From USB Flash Disk?

Jan 6, 2011

For various reasons, when I installed our server, I configured it so that it would boot off a USB flash disk. The flash disk mounts as /boot and / mounts on our RAID array.

It all works very well, but I would like to have backup so that if/when the flash disk goes, I can pop in another one.

I have tried to make copies of the flash disk (using both cp and dd), but it doesn't work. When the server starts its bootup sequence, instead of Linux loading, a cursor starts blinking endlessly.

If I put the original flash in, it works fine. If I put the copy in, it doesn't work.

I can't see any difference between the copy and the original. They seem to have the same content. If I do blkid both have the same label and UUID. The label is /boot, and /etc/fstab refers to this

We are running Scientific Linux 5.4.

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Hardware :: USB Flash Drive Not Booting On One System?

Mar 11, 2010

I have one new laptop that doesn't see one usb bootable device. The usb is a 1G with Mint8 on it that works on plenty of other systems. This is a newer HP laptop core i7 that see's two other flash drives and tries even to boot to my older flash install (only has syslinux no other files) but doesn't show the newer one in bios boot order or boot order choice F9.

It will work correctly under windows so the system does see it.

how to that that single drive to show up in order to boot to it?

Did power down, remove all usb except this one, tried to see if it fell under hard drives instead of usb.

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Ubuntu :: Slow Booting Of BIOS When Booting?

Jan 18, 2010

I've been searching the forums for any posts that cover my problem, but most of the booting problems I've found are different from mine.Anywho, the situation:ell laptop, 2 partitions, first is Windows XP, second is Ubuntu Karmic.Whenever I turn on my computer the first loading screen that shows up (is this the BIOS? Excuse my little knowledge of this stuff), before GRUB loads, is really slow. It takes about a minute to load.However, whenever I restart from my XP partition, it suddenly loads fast! And this does not happen when restarting from my Ubuntu partition or anything

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OpenSUSE Install :: Booting From Flash Drive Or Internet?

Dec 7, 2010

I recently bought a barebones computer kit and I need an operating system. Upon recommendation, I am considering openSUSE. Further I did not order a disc drive with my computer. This means that to boot openSUSE my only real option would be from a flash drive.

I have found an introduction on how to do it with ubuntu:

Create a Bootable Ubuntu USB Flash Drive the Easy Way - How-To Geek

I am interested to know if I can do a similar thing with openSUSE.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Booting From Flash Drive Or SD Card?

Mar 1, 2010

So I am at my wits end trying to figure out why this won't work. I am trying to install ubuntu 9.10 on my netbook (I hear it runs better than remix) but an running into a wall. I am already using Jolicloud as my main os on my main partition. I have used Unetbootin to get the 9.10 iso on my re-movable media. I have gone into the bios and chose to have it look at the re-movable first, then my 1st partition on the HD. For some reason it never looks at the USB drive. I have disabled everything on boot except for the media and i get a screen that says "insert bootable media or restart" then i have to go back into bios and enable the HD again.

Side note, the media I am using might not be in fat 32 because I haven't figured out how to format in linux but, I have formatted in windows so that it is fat 32 and got the same problem.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Booting Non-Live From A USB Flash Drive?

Mar 15, 2010

I have an 8GB Sandisk Cruzer, which reportedly works just fine booting Linux. It does have U3 still present on one of the partitions, but this should not pose any problems either. I also have a 2GB FAT32 partition for storing Windows stuff. The rest (5.7GB) I have reserved for Ubuntu. Windows reports this as an active partition, and the Ubuntu boot CD reports this partition as dev/sdb5. I have installed Ubuntu from the Desktop CD to the USB partition using the guided install (largest continuous free space) and selected the boot (grub) location on the same partition (sdb5), as I'd rather not modify my existing windows bootloader. A 300MB swap partition also exists on the drive. When I attempt to boot the USB drive from either my laptop (Inspiron 1505) or desktop (Abit IP35 Pro), only a blinking dash (or underscore) appears with no LED activity on the flash drive. Could it be that the MBR of the flash drive needs to be aware that the grub install is located at sdb5?

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Ubuntu :: Booting Isos From Flash Drive With Grub2?

May 28, 2010

I'm trying to make a sort of "toolkit" flash drive using grub2 but I am running into some problems. For some reason, every entry below gives me the error "you must load the kernel first" when I try to boot it. I have checked in the grub command line and it appears that grub sees my flash drive as the first drive when booting. This is what my grub.cfg looks like.

#Clonezilla v1.2.5-17
menuentry "Clonezilla 32"
set isofile="/boot/isos/clonezilla32.iso"
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Jun 18, 2010

"In this tutorial you will prepare a USB flash drive to make it bootable. After you booted it it shows you a menu where you can choose which live system you want to boot. So you might be interested in this tutorial if: You want to have multiple live systems on one USB flash drive In the future you want to create a new bootable live system just by copying the ISO file onto the drive and edit the grub.cfg You don't want to or can't use Distro specific LiveUSB creator tools You prefer a cleaner solution than the most LiveUSB creator tools which create several folders and files at the device root You are feeling bored and want to see cool features of Grub2 If you have a Grub2 version with Lua support you even don't need to manually edit the grub.cfg when you add new or remove live systems." Remainder of information is found here: [URL] This was found in a closed Karmic Development forum - can this be validated and updated if needed for Lucid?

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Nov 4, 2010

My DVD drive has gone bad and with new Fedora 14 just launched I decided to install the same through the usb flash disk.

First I used dd: dd if=/home/prabhat/Download/Fedora-14-i386.iso of=/dev/sdb

It went on nicely and copied the iso nicely. But I could not boot with it.

Second time I tried livecd-tools: livecd-iso-to-disk /home/prabhat/Download/Fedora-14-i386.iso /dev/sdb1

It went on nicely, and finally declared something like - usb disk is not live .... But here again when I tried to boot it says MISSING OS. I checked the contents of the flash disk. It contained raw DVD iso image, one images directory, one syslinux directory. I checked the contents of the images directory, and I found it had the install.img. And yes, the /dev/sdb1 is bootable.

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Jul 20, 2011

After I've installed OpenSuse i don't get to desktop, instead i get to this: ImageShack® - Online Photo and Video Hosting

And that's all i get. If i login i just get to do commands. I'm a first timer so I have no freaking idea what I'm doing wrong. I just want to get to desktop.

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May 13, 2011

I bought a new laptop HP Pavillion dv3-4170ee that has Core i5 2.53ghz dual core with hyper threading, intel hd graphics and Ati Radeon HD 5470 512 mb dedicated. It came with windows 7 64bit. It also has 6 gb ram(2gb in first slot + 4 gb in the second one).I installed slackware 13.37 64 bit. It installed just fine. installed lilo onto mbr. When it boots up it shows the slackware screen. I am able to boot into windows just fine. When I select Linux it boots into linux bios data check successful. lots of stuff goes on the screen the normal linux boot stuff. and then it goes to the next screen and stays blank

Nothing happens and even the hard disk light is not blinking.By the way the HDD is Western Digital.

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Sep 26, 2010

Ubuntu 10.04.1 to prepare a USB flash drive for use as installation media for a new computer that's on the way. When the Linux kernel tries booting up on the flash drive, I get an error saying VFS: Cannot open root device "<NULL>" or unknown-block(8,1).Here's how I got to this point...Created bootable partition on the thumb drive.Put the following files onto the flash drive: initrd.gz, vmlinuz, and ubuntu-10.04.1-server-amd64.iso from Grub2 to the drive via grub-install.Put the following into boot/grub/grub.cfg:

set timeout=120
set default=0


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Jun 2, 2011

I have been following along with Linux from Scratch 6.8 and everything has been going well. I got past an issue with GRUB (Ubuntu 11.04 uses a different version of GRUB than LFS so caused some issues).

Now when I boot into the Linux kernel recommended in the LFS book, 2.6.37, I get the following kernel panic: "VFS: Cannot open root device "sdf6" or unknown-block(0,0)". I'm sure this means that I didn't load the right drivers when I configured the kernel. But I went back in and recompiled and chose every SATA driver listed and I still got that error. It does let me boot into the kernel that Ubuntu used (2.6.38) so I guess I'm ok. I just want to know how to get the 2.6.37 to compile right.

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Sep 4, 2011

I'm using the Ultimate Boot CD, and I've added a bunch of customized .iso's to it. I can boot into those .iso files fine, but most of them are mini-versions of Linux that are designed to run off of a CD. When they try to boot, they try to run off the CD (which obviously isn't there since they're on a USB drive) and then either freeze, or don't work in some other way.

Is there any way to edit the .iso files to tell them they're booting off of a USB drive? I'm assuming there'd be something somewhere in the boot configuration files to do this. Where would that be? I would think it'd be different for different ones, but are there some places that are standard for live CDs? What would I have to change? EDIT: Just to make exactly what I'm asking clear...I know there's stuff all over the place on how to boot a .iso from USB. That's not the problem, I can already do that. What I'm wondering is how to make the OS stored in the .iso realize that it's booting from USB and not CD?

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