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

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No boot without unplug

My PC stopped booting (including no graphics on screen). I stopped it (pressed the power button for 5 secs). It restarted and started beeping three times once. I cleaned up the RAM and it didn't beep ...
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Is XP Themes necessary for XP to run properly?

My boot management software allows me to delay or remove various software that is now a part of my boot process. I am attempting to remove any programs not necessary to me. Can XP themes be safely ...
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Why such a difference in boot time?

I have XP Pro SP3. I have boot management software which allows me to regulate what boots and when. There are no changes as to what is booting and when it is booting in the management software, but ...
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PC Spontaneously Reboots And Forgets HD Boot Order

I need some help troubleshooting a strange issue. I have a HTPC running Windows XP SP3, 3 HD (two IDE, one SATA) and a via C7 Processor (underpowered I know). Quite recently, the box rebooted in ...
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Setting language for non-Unicode programs broke Windows?

I occasionally use programs originally designed to run in Japan using Microsoft AppLocale. When loading a program this way, AppLocale specifies that it's only designed to be a temporary solution and ...
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How can I automatically let my Windows boot and shutdown?

I want my PC to boot at 9am and shutdown at 10pm every day, is there a way to do that on Windows? Of course maybe don't go off completely, but hibernate or something like that.
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How do I add new hard drive and install Win 7 without removing old drive?

I am getting SSD drives in raid0 and plan to install Windows 7 Ultimate. I already have Windows 7 Ultimate N installed on my old drive, and I want to keep my old drive intact because I have been a bit ...
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After trying all the standard tricks, my XP installation is still very slow. What more can I do?

My work computer still has XP on it, though I will be upgrading to Win7 in a few short months so I've got to make do in the meantime. I just started working at this job, so the computer was a ...
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How can I add a boot up password to my Intel Mac?

Back in the PowerPC days, you used to be able to use OpenFirmware to set a boot up password. This would prevent someone from being able to use, for example, single user mode or target boot mode ...
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How to debug Windows boot or logon freezes?

I have a panel PC on which I'm running a custom build of Windows Embedded Standard. On maybe 1 out of 10 bootups, the system freezes shortly after the Windows blue background is displayed: Just ...
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How to fix UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME (0x000000ED) on my Windows XP Dell laptop?

I have a Dell Latitude D410. Running Windows XP. I am receiving the STOP: 0x000000ED (0X899CF030,0XC0000185,0X00000000,0X00000000) blue screen. Initially, I tried everything specified with the ...
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Is there any way to boot an Intel Mac from a USB drive with Windows on it?

I’ve got an external USB drive that’s a bootable clone of a Windows XP hard drive (theoretically — I haven’t confirmed that a PC can boot from it). I’m trying to get my Intel Mac mini to boot from ...
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Can I boot an Intel Mac from a USB drive?

Can I boot an Intel Mac from a USB drive?
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ubuntu 10.04 softRAID 5 partition scheme

I'm trying to create a RAID 5 array which will contain the Ubuntu installation itself. I tried this partition scheme: 2.0 TB for / 6.0 GB for swap This was as per the instructions provided by ...
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Mac OS X can't boot after renaming “/usr” system folder

Yesterday i tried to change the `/usr` folder with an old one saved in Time Machine, I type this in the terminal (to keep a copy of /usr folder) : # mv /usr /usr-copy After that nothing work, ...
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Boot from disk with both usb and sata

I have a SSD Harddisk with both an usb and Sata connection, and I want to be able to boot both from usb and sata but I can't make it work. When the disk is connected with sata anything works fine ...
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Where Linux places the messages of boot?

I want to find place to where Linux writes all boot messages. You know: facility one [STARTED] facility two [STARTED] facility three [FAILED] I searched with find . -print0 | xargs -0 grep ...
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What happens when I boot my Macbook Pro while holding F1?

When I boot my Macbook Pro while holding the F1 button a globe shows up and after a while the computer resumes to boot just as if nothing happened. What does this button trigger? It seems like an ...
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How can I figure out what process is constantly accessing my hard drive in Windows XP?

I am running a fresh install of Windows XP SP3 with a very minimal set of applications installed, but even so, my computer often bogs down to a crawl while it is furiously accessing the hard drive, ...
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booting to windows using grub

I was dual booting fedora and windows 7 (installed fedora second). After installing ati drivers, the fedora installation completely broke (would hand right after the progress bar). I wanted to ...
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Unable to boot to Windows 7 or Ubuntu after multiboot setup

I installed windows 7 in the C drive, then installed Ubnutu on E, and yesterday, I installed Windows XP on drive D. I was then unable to boot into Windows 7 or Ubuntu. I formatted drive D, but the ...
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Boot up process in Ubuntu

I am using ubuntu 10.04. When I had installed the OS it hardly took 20 secs to boot. Later on I started installing s/w like apache server, mysql server, bacula server, dictionary server, etc. And now ...
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transfer bootable windows 7 to smaller hard disk

I want to transfer my Windows Vista install from a 70GB partition to a new smaller but faster 40GB hard-drive. If it were the other way around (small->big) I'd just plug them both into my Ubuntu ...
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Windows keeps deleting iconv.dll

I'm having a frustrating problem with my Windows 7 setup. When my computer boots, AppleSyncNotifier.exe (which is the MobileMe control panel) complains: "The program can't start because iconv.dll is ...
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Windows Vista Corrupt Registry

I have a laptop with Windows Vista Basic. It won't boot. I have tried an automatic repair with the installation disc but the error cannot be repaired automatically. According to the test results the ...
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How to install MySql on Ubuntu 10

I have done the following: shell> sudo apt-get install mysql-server-core-5.1 shell> sudo apt-get install mysql-client-core-5.1 Both seemed to complete fine with no errors. I have the ...
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Odd hardware problem that requires a power cycle

I've been having an odd problem intermittently every several weeks with my Windows 7 PC. If I put it to sleep, occasionally, when I try to wake it up, the monitor will receive no signal. It seems ...
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New computer lag when booting Windows 7

Lately I've composed my new computer. But I have often a problem with the following scenario: -> after turning on computer, the system (Windows 7 Professional 64-bit) is not getting up (I see a black ...
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Windows 7 won't start up after clean install

I just installed Windows 7 Ultimate on an Acer M1201. When the installation is done, I see the boot information, my HDD is there but when this info screen goes away, I see the underscore in the upper ...
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Motherboard Does Not Get Past CPU Check?

I was recently playing around with the BIOS of my motherboard (ASUS PC-DL Deluxe w/ 2 2.2 ghz Xeon processors and 4 1gb sticks of RAM) and I chose to set my BIOS settings to fail-safe mode. After I ...
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Using an SD card as a “LiveCD” on a MacBook Pro

I have a 4GB SD card on which I'd like to use like a Linux "LiveCD" (except of course it's not a CD) for my MacBook Pro. Any idea how I could do that? I'd prefer to not use rEFIt. To boot Mac OS from ...
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what are the various programs or process that gets executed when a linux machine starts

Can somebody tell me or point me a link which exactly tells what are the programs or process that gets execututed when a linux start. ie starting from the grub (linux bootloader) You can choose your ...
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skip init scripts - boot freezes at “setting system clock”

I have a debian system that's freezing in the boot sequence at "Setting system clock". Several sites I looked at recommended changing the init scripts to disallow hardware access to the clock. But, I ...
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Cannot boot Live USB, Linux

I am trying to boot into GParted-Live or Ubuntu-Live off a USB, it just won't happen. I formatted a USB with files for GParted-Live found here: http://gparted.sourceforge.net/liveusb.php and the ...
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Why does my Windows XP system take longer to start up?

I bought my computer about 2 years ago. Since then the start up time (Windows XP) has gone from less than 30 seconds to over 3 minutes. Part of this happened immediately after installation of the ...
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Mac OS X: Difference between start-up times

In Mac OS X (10.6.3) there's a big difference in the time it takes for the computer to become responsive when you either start up your computer from cold, or or when you log out and sign in as a new ...
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Acer aspire 5520 power light blinks no boot

My laptop was working fine last night, I hibernated it and went to sleep. Got up, pressed the power button. The power light comes on for 4 seconds and the hdd light blinked a few times, then it turned ...
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Options for laptop with burnt video card

So the graphics card on one of my laptops is officially dead. I'm currently using it as a web server, by logging in remotely to the machine whenever I have to configure something. Where I'm uncertain ...
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3.5mm nub to insert into computer for easy mute?

I've always liked the fact that when you plug headphones into the headphone jack of my laptop, the laptop will not make a sound. For example, if I'm in a class and I need to restart my computer, I'll ...
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Overclocked PC boots only after second attempt

I've overclocked my PC by increasing the system bus frequency from 200 to 333(266 has the same issue). Everything works fine except for booting. When I press the power button, the PC starts up but ...
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How do you delay the launch of an application in Windows 7 at startup?

I'd like to delay the launch of some startup apps to give it some time to load the other ones before the one I want.
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Disk Boot Failure - Insert System Disk and Press Enter

Question: How can a running system suddenly reboot and show the message: Disk Boot Failure - Insert System Disk and Press Enter instead of booting the OS? It doesn't seem to be caused by a defective ...
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Why are my registry updates ( at boot ) slow?

So, for the past 6 months or so, the Windows 7 registry updates that happen at booting my laptop are going really slow. Where it usually takes a few seconds, it will now take up to 10 minutes. Any ...
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Computer won't boot

My computer is not starting. I have a black screen and it gives me series of beeps. Can some body please let me know what might be the problem.
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XP Pro x64: Program started at boot with automatic logon behave differently after update

I have a program that I wrote in .NET to select games for mame (arcade emulator). This is a frontend. I configured in the registry an automatic logon for the administrator. In the "startup" windows ...
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Boot Camp can't boot Windows 7

I just recently installed Windows 7 (Ultimate 64-bit) on my 15-inch Macbook Pro. Not long after I installed VMware Fusion 3. Windows runs perfectly on VMware and any other VM for that matter, but ever ...
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Recover a lost partition on a USB flash drive (after using it for boot)

I used wintoflash to create a bootable device from my USB flash drive. It had 8GB, and now I can see only 2GB. I tried using win 7 default disk management utility but it can't merge the partitions. ...
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Windows 7 boot crash - even in safe command prompt mode - even after repair

My Windows 7 (x64) installation keeps crashing on me and I need to figure out why. Here's what I've done so far: - Problem occured after setting an (obviously) too big step in the CPU base frequency ...
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How to properly flash BIOS from floppy boot?

I have a machine with an ECS K7SEM (V3.0C) and I'm trying to flash the BIOS to the newest version so that I can support an AGP 4X video card that I want to install. So, first, I formatted a floppy ...
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Unable to boot from secondary IDE HDD when DVD burner connected as master

I have a (as it seems to me) strange problem with my DVD burner (Sony AD7540A) which I would like to use as master device on a IDE bus. There is a HDD on the bus as well that should be (is) the slave ...