Boot (or booting) refers to the action of starting up a computer and getting it to run the operating system.

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Samsung np350v5c not booting until after a full battery drain

I am using a Samsung NP350v5c laptop. Recently it cannot boot until a full battery drain. After that it boots through bios. This process takes almost one hour. Now the laptop started typing the key ...
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Dual boot Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu

I just got a Lenovo X1 Carbon and I am flabbergasted on dual booting -- having the record in the boot manager. Cliff Notes It came with Windows 8.1. I shrunk the Windows partition (within windows ...
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Windows 7 HDD with a BSOD on boot, not detected when connected as non-boot drive

I've just installed a new SSD into a Dell Vostro - I first tried cloning the old HDD onto the new SSD, then switched the boot priority but it wouldn't boot from the SSD and fell back to the HDD. So I ...
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Created a VM image, now need to deploy them over network

I've created a freshly installed version of Windows 8.1 "not yet activated" with all necessary software packages on VMWare Workstation. This image is considered the baseline for any computer within ...
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Can't access boot selection

I'm trying to put debian on a pc. Right now it's under Win7. I burned the iso on a CD, and rebooted. When I try to get into boot menu, the PC says "Please Wait..." and doesn't seem to do anything. ...
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POST hangs on certain install media

I'm trying to install OpenBSD 5.7 on a laptop. I have a USB drive that I am using for the installation media. When I plug in the USB drive with OpenBSD on it, the POST process hangs indefinitely. When ...
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Installing Linux Distro on my system without UEFI (I have Legacy BIOS system)

I have a system (laptop) with following specs: Ci5-2450M 2nd Generation. 650G and 4G without UEFI support (Legacy BIOS). Windows8.1 is installed on my system. Can I install Linux variant (Linuxmint or ...
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Unable to boot Windows 8.1 UEFI USB key on XPS 13 2015

I have an XPS 13 Developer edition on witch I try to install Windows 8.1 I have already done that on others computer always with success. But I am unable to do so with this XPS. I use Rufus to ...
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Can not write to serial port on boot

I am writing a script that sends a configuration message over serial port. It is supposed to configure an external device and runs on boot. Main part of the script is the echo command that sends a ...
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How to change from passphrase to encrypted key file in debian using luks?

I have four partitions plus /boot, each one with a different passphrase. I would like to manage unlock of all partitions with a single passphrase that decrypts the gpg.key file on the boot partition. ...
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I can't start my computer into windows vista

a few days ago, my HP A1709N had to be restored back to HP defaults. When I tried to install SP1 on it, the system said the update failed, then, upon reboot, I got a Blue Screen of death, and can't ...
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Replacing laptop battery affects OS loading

I have a one and a half year old laptop with a win8.1 OS. On it first year, it prompt me that the battery is damaged and should be replaced. So I brought my laptop, along with its battery, to a ...
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How to find out if it's the first boot on the current day

I have a batch file in my auto start which should behave a bit different on the first boot. How can I find out if it's the first boot on the current day via Windows cmd? May be there's some way ...
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How to restore grub from a separate partition, to boot a luks partition?

My setup is: sda1 /boot ext2 sda2 swap swap sda3 / luks I broke the boot partition. Now when trying to boot manually, cannot figure out how to load crypto modules needed to open the root ...
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Boot windows from moved internal to external HDD

I moved my internal hard disk which have windows 7 installation on it . I'm using it as an external hard disk now . I want to boot from it but when I try to do this I face the blue error screen which ...
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Unable to use SSD as boot drive

I own an Acer Aspire Predator G3620 and bought a Samsung EVO 840 SSD to speed up my performance. Unfortunately, after plugging in the SSD into my pc, the BIOS does not allow me to use the SSD as boot ...
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Is it possible to log the which OS I am booting into from bios?

Is it possible to log the which OS I am booting into from bios? Or If I am booting to CD or pendrive is it possible to log the same?
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can't enter UEFI Boot Manager on Dell R610

This system seems to have a hybrid BIOS / UEFI setup. Before doing anything, I reset the NVRAM of the machine using the Clear NVRAM jumper on the motherboard.. I can get into the BIOS, and I have ...
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Re - installing Windows 8 on a tablet, without usb-boot option

I do own a tablet (Xoro PAD 9W4), which initially ran Windows 8.1. I upgraded to Windows 10, but due to some issues (mainly touchscreen issues), I want to reinstall Windows 8.1. For this reason, I ...
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Operating system not found. MBR possibly damanged

I get a can't find operating system message when starting my laptop. I was able to boot into the Windows 7 recovery tools loaded onto a USB. Using diskpart, I noticed my partitions show RAW as the ...
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Startup password on toshiba laptop

My system is stuck on "Enter startup password" screen.When i try some password it goes to automatic startup repair.If i go into bios to change or delete startup password,what i see there is user : ...
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Old laptop recognizes, but will not boot from, SSD drive

My current laptop died, so I am trying to install the RAM, SATA hard-drive and SDD drive in an older laptop (Acer Aspire 7735z - I would guess 4 or 5 years old). The BIOS recognizes the SSD (calling ...
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boot linux from harddisk in an enclosure

I installed linux to a hdd in an enclosure (ehdd) (before installing I physically removed the sata power to the internal hdd). The boot from usb in the bios settings allowed me to boot from the ehdd ...
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CPU Overheating at boot

I've had this trouble for months but this time got further and senseless. I have a DELL Latitude E6410 4GB Ram 2.40 Ghz and no battery only cord power source. I've already had this problem before and ...
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Cannot enter BIOS

I installed Ubuntu 15.04 on my Lenovo E49 for dual boot with my Windows 7. After that I couldn't start Windows and was getting the error that it couldn't startup because of some file being corrupted. ...
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Toshiba Satellite C55t-B5109 Won't open BIOS

I recently wiped my laptop's hard drive, and have reinstalled Windows 8.1 on it, but my BIOS won't open. I have done all the steps I had done before to get into BIOS, disable fast startup in Windows ...
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How does windows 8 task manager startup work?

To be more specific, if I disable a program via the task manager menu that is set to run when windows starts up, what actually happens here? Does it delete the registry key? Does it set another key ...
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Windows Programs and Files stop working after checking disk

I encountered a problem randomly that most likely started last night (I'll explain why). I was using my computer as usual; I downloaded a series of a television show and updated an online game. I ...
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No operating system found when booting from USB

I have a Dell Inspiron N4010 laptop running Phoenix BIOS. I downloaded the Windows 7 x64 ISO to create a bootable USB. I did this under OS X by following the instructions from this website: ...
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Incompatibility SSD vs bios?

I've an American Megatrends bios version 2.15.1227 installed on notebook Asus F552CL. I've replaced the default HD with a SSD (a SanDisk Extreme PRO 240GB) the bios recognize the new device (it show ...
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Can I safely convert my disk to GPT using diskpart with GRUB 2 installed?

I am wondering whether I would be able to convert my disk 0 (with my system partition, Windows partition, and Ubuntu partitions) from an MBR to GPT disk without loss of data and still being able to ...
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Samsung Laptop won't boot past Samsung screen to Windows 8

I have a Samsung Laptop, model NP355V5C. It turns on, shows the Samsung logo does some loading, then shows a black screen. I have changed BIOS settings to disable secure boot and to allow UEFI and ...
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PC wont boot when graphics card plugged in

I recently got new motherboard/cpu/ram, though the PC wont boot at all when the gfx card is plugged in. Gfx card is still old and quite outdated so I was thinking maybe it is imcompatible? PC ...
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Can the TRESOR linux kernel patch (against cold boot attacks) be applied against recent kernels? [closed]

Some time ago, I read about TRESOR; a linux kernel patch, that could prevent cold boot attacks by letting encryption be taken care of by CPU not RAM. I have read the instructions on their homepage, ...
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'Unusable' state of the computer, and no OS

My Lenovo Ideapad came with a Windows 8, later upgraded to Windows 8.1. Recently, I tried to load Kali Linux on it, and halfway through the process, discovered that I may have installed it in the ...
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one of the disks are raw in disk management on dual boot linux

I dual booted my windows 8 laptop with linux mint long time ago.Now the boot menu doesn't appear on starting the laptop.when i opened disk management i saw that i)there were four partitions without ...
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Can you use an .iso Image to boot a Win XP-Pro SP3 “Formatted HDD”, via CD-DVD-RW?

I have a Compaq (HP) 6710-b Laptop and the HDD became un-usable. All backups and boot disks have mysteriously vanished over the years, (kid's I'm thinkin) So my backup HDD is a fully formatted 160GB. ...
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How to run a trusted program as Admin on windows startup?

I have a exe file that trusted by one of root certificate in my computer: The root certificate I create by openssl and installed in Trusted Root location in certificate store The exe file is singed ...
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How to set up a startup program on Windows for a whole network?

Setting programs to run automatically when Windows start is easy with the Startup folder as instructed here: ...
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Troubleshooting advice for Yosemite macair2014 not booting past 50% loading bar?

There is this macbook air 2014 version with latest os x that I have to get operational without loosing data on hdd, currently stuck on 50% boot loading and popping error when forcing it to try and ...
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Media test failure: incorrect BIOS settings, faulty hard drive or weak CMOS battery?

I have an Windows 7 Acer Aspire 4750G laptop and I am using it almost everyday. Then last night, I am using it as usual, then suddenly all programs stop responding, only the mouse cursor is moving. ...
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Recover bad sectors tool unable to run

I've been handed over a computer to repair. It errors on startup with "Error 1962: No operating system found. Boot sequence will automatically repeat." It doesn't show anything before this, not even ...
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Cannot boot ISO on only one machine

I have a version of Ubuntu 14 on DVD and USB to boot from. This ISO boots from other machines via both DVD and USB, but it will not boot on the particular Dell I need it to. Initialization crashes ...
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GRUB2: /boot as BTRFS subvolume

Aside from /boot, all my partitions (including root, /) are BTRFS subvolumes. I'm switching to BTRFS RAID1, and for the sake of integrity, want to include /boot within the BTRFS partition. Preferably ...
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VT-X prevents boot

this is what happened. I was trying to run virtual box on my computer, but it gave me the error message, that I needed to activate VT-X. So, I booted into the bios and set the option for Intel ...
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Harddrive not booting into desktop

One night 5 weeks ago my All in One computer froze and after several hours I did a hard shut down. When I rebooted the computer would not boot and I received error 0x000000f. I bought Easy RE for ...
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Computer no longer POSTs after enabling secure boot

I just installed Windows 8.1 and I decided to take advantage of its secure boot support. I went into my BIOS (latest version), selected Windows 8 as my installed OS (the BIOS has a setting where you ...
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HP Laptop says “Enter Power On Password ” with a key like picture

My HP laptop is asking for Power On Password that I never setup. How do I get around the password and how do I remove this setting so the problem does not recur?
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Sudden shut down & no boot after

My PC worked fine until a few days ago when it started to suddenly shut down after a few minutes of playing some games. Also, when I was trying to power on, the aux fans ran but the cpu would not ...
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USB Device Over Current Status Detected [on hold]

so i had a perfectly working PSU from my spare computer and wanted to use it on some other desktops that i got from a computer repair shop because they said they weren't working.I tried them and they ...