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Backup computers boot information/files under Linux

Basically the same question as the unanswered one of How to backup the boot information of a PC's Hard Disk?, but from a different angle because that one was seeking Windows based solution ...
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Does SSD drive really speed up overall performance of computer?

Mostly when I talk to other people or check other discussions on forums, people insist that SSD ( Solid State Drive ) boosts overall computer performance big time. I however cannot fully understand ...
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Operating system that does nothing but display an image? [closed]

I am looking for an operating system or some other sort of solution that will allow the computer to do nothing but display a static image indefinitely. This going to be used on a monitor that is going ...
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1answer
36 views

Kali install freezes trying to find network drivers

Kali install freezes trying to find network drivers, so I can't install the OS in any way. I've already tried booting from DVD and USB, with two different versions.
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1answer
36 views

USB booting not working

I want to install windows 8 using pen drive but it does not detect pen drive which i have make it bootable. I have sony vaio VPCEB34EN laptop. It boots from DVD writer but not from USB pen drive at ...
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1answer
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what is the use of bootnxt file in windows 8 installation disc

while exploring the installation media of windows operating system i could see the following list of files : Boot mgr - the boot sector loads the Windows Boot Manager (hidden system file BOOTMGR in ...
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1answer
720 views

An operating system wasn't found

When I boot my computer, it boots fine. When I restart it though, I get the following error: An operating system wasn't found. Try disconnecting any drives that don't contain an operating system. ...
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1answer
111 views

Enable to install Linux Ultimate Edition (Ubuntu)

After I deleted Linux partition from Windows 7, I wanted to install a new version Linux Ultimate Edition 3.8 which is based on Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail. So I made a bootable usb, but when I boot ...
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How is the NVRAM/EPROM which contains the firmware placed and used

From this link - Chapter 9, section 9.1.4, it says: The first instruction that is fetched and executed following a hardware reset is located at physical address FFFFFFF0H. This address is 16 ...
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1answer
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Who loads the BIOS in RAM during computer bootstrap

When the computer starts up, the code in BIOS is executed first. However, how is the code in BIOS loaded into the RAM for execution ? I have referred to this question - Is BIOS read from the BIOS ...
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3answers
638 views

Why can't computers boot instantly?

Computers have been around for quite some time. So what is stopping us from making computers boot instantly like regular home appliances and other devices? Is it even possible? I know there is ...
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1answer
230 views

What does an ACPI BIOS configure during boot?

When a PC boots with an ACPI BIOS, what does it exactly do? I understand that the point of ACPI is to allow the OS to control hardware resources and power management but before the OS is loaded ...
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0answers
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What happens in a ARM based system before the OS is loaded?

What happens in a ARM based system before the OS is loaded and do they have BIOS, drivers, MBR or a different approach instead of these?
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2answers
499 views

Running Homemade Operating System

Starting out with an operating system you wrote, how could you run it and test it on a computer? Would you have to delete the current operating system that is being used, or could you run one ...
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1answer
148 views

Will Windows Embedded Compact 2013 run in real time with Microsoft Virtual PC?

Is it possible to dual boot or use Microsoft Virtual PC to run Windows Embedded Compact 2013 on my current Windows 7 Intel PC? How will the real time system execute in these scenarios?
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1answer
70 views

Using an EFI partition to install an OS instead of bootable USB stick, is it possible?

I found myself with no spare DVDs and no USB stick when I wanted to install a new OS on my laptop, so I started thinking about the UEFI boot process that I recently had done some tinkering with. ...
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2answers
231 views

Creating a custom GUI. App/DE/WM?

I am starting with this project of mine of writing a custom UI for linux. What would happen is: The computer would boot into this UI which would not be the typical taskbar/icons/startbutton kind of ...
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0answers
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How to auto-boot Debian instead of Windows

I've been working in the computer's lab of my college, and one of the tasks that my director told me was to auto start each computer with Debian. Each computer has: -Windows 7. -Debian. And when ...
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2answers
58 views

Creating a system deployment disk [duplicate]

Hi guys i want to create an image of a windows 7 system and use it as a deployment tool and when I want to setup up like more than 10 laptops, then i just connect them on a network and deploy the ...
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1answer
432 views

Can't choose between Fedora 18 or Windows 7 at startup

I've installed Windows 7 on my system, and made three partitions: one of 180 GB, one of 210 GB and one of 75 GB. I've made a bootable DVD with Fedora 18 from an ISO file and installed Fedora on the ...
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1answer
2k views

How can I force the boot menu to always show up at start up without pressing F10?

I have Visual Studio 2010 installed on Windows 7 on one hard disk and Visual Studio 2012 installed on Windows 7 on another hard disk in the same computer. When I start up my system, I want the boot ...
0
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0answers
213 views

Unable to boot Centos 6.3 from live CD

This seems a strange question to ask. The the same cd boots perfectly on one PC but gives the message- slab error in kmem_cache_destroy():cache 'Acpi-Operate':can't free all objects slab error in ...
0
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2answers
1k views

How can I make my computer ask me which OS I want to load while booting?

I have 2 hard disk, one with one partition with OS, and the other with 2 partitions, one with OS and the other one whithout. I want to be able to decide which OS I want to load each time I boot the ...
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2answers
517 views

Laptop will not boot

This is a dell studio 1558 laptop. Now, something is wrong with the charger that it won't charge the laptop, but the laptop can turn on and operate properly as long as it is attached. It has been like ...
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2answers
165 views

Old OS still trying to boot after being removed using msconfig

I had two different copies of Windows 7 on my SSD. I deleted the one I did not want and removed it from my boot order using msconfig, but every time I restart it says: Windows failed to start. A ...
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1answer
3k views

How to install OSX Lion onto a Macbook Air from USB drive without any OS already on the system?

For whatever reason, I have recently come into an early 2008 Macbook Air which has had its hard drive wiped completely, so there is no OS on there currently. How do I install OSX Lion or Windows 7/8 ...
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5answers
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What are the functions of the BIOS while the operating system is running?

I always wondered whether the BIOS (apart from conducting POST, starting the bootloader and passing control to the OS after one presses the power button) has any purpose or function while the ...
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2answers
3k views

Change the system partition in Windows XP

I attached two hard disks (Disk 1 and Disk 2) to an old computer system while installing Windows XP. Disk 1 is IDE and Disk 2 is SATA. I wanted to install Windows XP on Disk 1. Disk 2 was meant for ...
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2answers
239 views

Why do people care so much about boot time of an operating system? [closed]

I run both Windows and Linux, and I rarely restart my computer, once a week or a month. I just close the lid to put it to sleep or just press sleep. But whenever I see an operating system being ...
0
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1answer
326 views

Can't load first OS(Seven) on primary partition while system loads second OS(XP) on a logical partition

Excuse me for the long title that I've chosen. I made a logical partition for installing another OS which it was XP but, I forgot to change it to a primary one and after that my first OS which is a ...
0
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1answer
116 views

Install vmware vm into boot instead of virtualized

I've been running a virtual machine for a while in vmware. Luckily now i've got another computer, and there for i was wondering if it's possible get the vm installed in the computer with regular boot ...
0
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1answer
224 views

Backup MBR , boot loaders etc for trouble free OS installing/uninstalling?

First I installed xp , then xp64 , then windows 8 developer preview , now I wish to install a linux flavor. This is all easy. Some months later I may want to uninstall windows 8 preview and install ...
2
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1answer
4k views

Install Windows 7 over Lan from pc with Win 7

Is it possible to install Windows in a brand new machine, if it only has the ability to launch OS from disk and lan? I set the machine to Boot from lan and set my computer to Internet Connection ...
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1answer
125 views

System booting slowly. Why?

I'm using Windows 7 Home Basic it was running smoothly but suddenly started getting the below error. Since then its booting very slowly and every time showing the error cant understand whats the ...
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4answers
2k views

Install an OS, (iso file) without burning it on a CD or making a bootable USB flash drive

I'm trying to install windows 8 developer preview. I've already downloaded the ISO. Now I should burn it on a CD or create a bootable flash drive....zzz I was wondering, can I skip this step? Can I ...
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3answers
185 views

Booting an OS from CD instead of HD

What are the reasons for/benefits of booting an Operating System from a CD instead of from the hard drive? What kind of uses does it provide that booting from the hard drive does not? Do the answers ...
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2answers
943 views

How to make laptop without an OS boot directly to an external monitor?

My laptop screen broke so I've been looking up methods to boot a laptop directly to an external monitor and many people say to use the FN+F4, which I have tried and it has failed to produce any ...
0
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1answer
182 views

Any way to boot an OS from usb flash drive and run directly on a monitor with USB port?

Is there any way to boot an OS from usb flash drive and run directly on a monitor with USB port? I have an LCD monitor with USB port. Can I just load an OS on a flash drive and run it on monitor?
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3answers
503 views

Error Loading Operating System, + AES Boot Encryption !

My laptop ran it's battery out last night and this morning I have a "Error Loading Operating System" right after the Lenovo bootscreen. Usually this would be where the Truecrypt password prompt would ...
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3answers
1k views

OS with the fastest boot up time [closed]

I use my laptop for presentations and meetings and the boot up time is quite embarrassing. Normally I just start it up before the meeting on my way in but I don't think its good for the lifetime of ...
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2answers
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How to make my notebook up

After i update my anti-virus s/w, my notebook can't reboot normally, what happened? It just sitting on the welcome screen, displaying it is loading some configuration. Somebody please help me, i don't ...
0
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2answers
3k views

use external hard drive as primary boot device

I have a failing hard disk. Which linux said that I would need to replace. I'm still saving to buy a new one. And since I have an external hard drive I want to use it as primary boot device where I ...
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4answers
1k views

What happens when a computer starts?

I'm trying to understand what happens when a computer is turned on. How the computer works on startup, various initializations that take place, etc. For example, is the bootstrap loader the first ...
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2answers
250 views

How to run multiple operating systems on a single computer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Dual Booting Linux and Windows XP Booting Multiple Operating Systems I have a machine with Windows on it, and I would like to be able to reboot to Linux. I am ...
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1answer
1k views

How can I do multi-boot with XOSL?

I have seen someone using XOSL to do multi-boot. Actually, this is my first time messing up with multiple OS. Do you guys have any tutorials or guides for me to learn? Assuming that I am using a ...
0
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4answers
1k views

Is it safe to run an operating system from an USB flash drive?

I've got a laptop that has a broken harddisk controller. Replacing the motherboard is quite expensive. I thought about buying a flash drive and installing & running the system from it. However, ...
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2answers
128 views

Looking for fast and possibile free pre-os

I am looking for a preos that I can install in dual boot with Windows XP and that can me allow to switch on my PC and be ready in few seconds. I would like to have this features Browse internet ...
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7answers
9k views

How to install Ubuntu, Windows XP and Windows 7 from scratch as triple-boot system

I'm currently running Windows XP, but have ordered Windows 7. I want to keep Windows XP on a separate partition, and install Ubuntu as well. In which order should I install the OSs, and is there ...