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    boot screen detail


    When you boot a os and it starts scrolling on the screen;
    is there a way to pause that so you can see the detail of an error that is
    has just displayed on the screen.
    I have seen several "failed" type displayed and I would like to write down
    what the exact detail is in order to try and resolve the issue.
    Thank You
    Larry.

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    Hi - it's a good question. I think you can use the dmesg command for this instead. Basically dmesg is all the kernel stuff which occurs at boot time.

    Open a terminal and - somewhere in your home directory perhaps - type dmesg > bootstuff.txt

    I think that should put your boot time details into a text file. Then you could use the grep command to search for the word 'Error'. That's a bit vague perhaps, but I'm using Windows today.

    The thing to remember is that most flavours of *nix log nearly everything, so if it happens (or goes wrong) there's usually a record of it.
    I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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    I would start with a look in /var/log/boot.log. If you can't find your errors in there then try /var/log/messages (which logs just about everything).

    Terry

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    boot screen detail

    Thanks to those that responded.
    I forgot the log that is created.

    Larry.

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