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If there is something happening in bootup that you absolutely must see, and if it isn't going to dmesg, you'll have to resort to setting up a "serial console" (google is your friend) and capture the boot sequence on whatever machine you use for a console. I have to refer you to google (or search here at LQ) because I've never actually done it, though I know it's the standard answer to this question.
You can also do this by firewire, or using a USB-Debug device. Both methods require a second PC though, as well as the software that listens on the other end (on the other PC). The firewire method of course assumes you *have* a firewire port on both machines, and the USB method requires a USB Host Controller with "Debug port" functionality. Plus, the USB debug cable is about $80.00
Barring all this, you're pretty much limited to /var/log/dmesg and /var/log/messages for the most complete report.