The process of starting up a computer and loading the operating system.

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Computer loads BIOS, but won't load OS

I have just purchased a brand new motherboard bundle, installed into the old case with the old PSU and the old HDD. I can get into the BIOS, but whenever I try to boot from the HDD, it just sits with ...
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What is the effect of booting with additional cores?

I was reading about ways to enhance speed in Windows 7, and I read that you can enable Windows to boot off of four cores vs one to boot faster. Is there a reason why you do not want to use all four ...
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Hardware issue: computer plays beep sounds at startup, and then turns off

Turns out that after moving, my computer got damaged somehow. I installed my computer 2 days ago. I didn't check the state of the hardware parts and turned the pc on recklessly, not realizing that the ...
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Unable to mount device on Linux (XFS)

I am unable to mount a device on my server due to error when mounting, the device is type XFS. The mount command returns message: "mount: structure needs cleaning" I've tried using xfs_check and it ...
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Windows 2000 Pro repair, does not fix, cannot clean install

I have a client machine (windows 2000 Pro) that fails to start up. The startup screen appears and the loading bar reaches 100% (full) then the system reboots. Starting in safe mode does no better.. ...
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Identifying Point of Hardware Failure in Machine

I inherited a machine (specs unknown) which I formatted and installed Windows 2008 Server on, plus some ASP.NET (WCF) services, back in March. All went well, until today, the machine randomly died. ...
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Is it possible to build a bootable CD Extra (i.e. 1 audio track & 1 bootable data track)?

More precisely, I was wondering if the standards for "CD Extra" and the El-Torito extension to ISO9660 are compatible and allow to create an enhanced CD with one audio track (readable on a CD player) ...
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Windows Vista not booting properly

My Windows Vista Home Basic machine is not booting properly - it gets stuck after this screen: When I force a restart, it sometimes gives a 'Startup Repair' option. However having used it once, it ...
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when trying to install windows 7 on my computer it inly gets to 30 % then gets the blue screen

I have tried both vista and windows 7. I have gotten a new hard drive and it does the same thing. Not sure where to go from here to get windows loaded.
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After Windows installation, no Linux bootup choice?

I have been setting up my computer for work, which runs Linux Ubuntu, and we use a lot of programs etc. so it has taken a day or two to get it all ready. I was going to have a dual boot with a ...
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Can not boot Windows from the main hard disk after formatting drive C in Ubuntu

I had another Windows on drive C. Now I have Windows 7 on drive D. I tried to delete all files and folders or format drive C, but my Windows 7 didn't let me. So I inserted booted in the Ubuntu ...
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Uninstall drivers on an orphaned hard drive

Basically, I need a hard drive (originally from a computer I no longer have) to work on new machine. What I need from the drive is the configuration of the software installed, not the data. It has ...
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Computer won't start (it starts for 1 second and dies)

My computer is quite new (less than 3 years old) and was always working really well. I was away from home for 3 days and my computer was turned off and when I came back my computer didn't want to ...
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Why does DDR3 1866 RAM crash UEFI BIOS & DDR3 1333 Does not?

I have an ASUS Sabertooth 990FX Motherboard, with an AMD FX8150 processor, and Crossfired (2) Sapphire 6870 1 GB GDDR5 PCI E 2.1 x16 Video Cards. The memory is PNY DDR3 1866 (4) 4 GB sticks for a ...
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Computer slow or is it just me?

My main computer these days is a Laptop with an SSD. Besides that, I have a desktop gaming rig. It is from last year, but it still runs recent titles really well. Crysis 2, Witcher 2, Diablo 3, not a ...
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Swapped cases, nw PC won't boot

I got a new case recently so I disassembled my working build and then transfered it to the new case. But now when the power button is pressed the all the fans (CPU, GPU) spin at full speed and the ...
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Windows doesn't show up as bootable operating system on Mac

My MacBook Air running Windows 7 got messed up after my cat forced power off. After a reboot, I kept getting a STOP error trying to boot, and my OS X installation vanished as a bootable OS (and the ...
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Detecting which GRUB2 menu entry the system was booted with

I am working on a remote server with no KVM, and am modifying stuff in the boot loader menu. I enabled the fallback and "default boot once" options in case for when I screw something up. Is there a ...
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Windows won't boot, recovery disk stalls, booting from linux usb reports failed to mount - input/output error

Here are the steps taken so far: Try booting in safe mode, and boot without networking -> Stalls at loading classpnp.sys Try booting in safe mode, do a repair -> Stalls no error Boot from windows 7 ...
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Why is Windows “stuck” on the Welcome screen for so long?

I use Windows 7 with a laptop specifications processor core (Core i3), 2 GB DDR3 RAM, the remaining capacity on the system partition (25 GB). I do not know why the "welcome screen" takes a ...
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How can I make Windows XP bootable again?

Some time ago, I replaced my hard drive. Foolishly, I imaged the individual partitions, not the entire drive. That meant that my system was unbootable. For my primary OS (Linux), that was no problem ...
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Why do computers often spin up the CPU fan to high speed momentarily when powered on?

Many computers spin up the CPU fan to high speed the moment they are powered on, even before POST, before settling down to normal operating speed. While this behavior seems normal for the most part, ...
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UEFI Crashing When Trying to Enter BIOS

I have a AMD FX8150 Processor in a ASUS Sabertooth 990FX Motherboard with (4) 4GB PNY DDR3 1866 Memory for a total of 16GB. I also have (2) Sapphire 6870 1GB GDDR5 PCI E 2.1 X16 Video Cards that I am ...
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windows 7 fast in safe mode but extremely slow in normal mode

And by extremely slow I mean startup time of the order of 5-10 minute. And all the applications make me wait. Sometimes an application does not even start properly. Basically it's unusable for any ...
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Hanging boot and cannot boot to disk

I'm having a very puzzling problem with my PC. Recently I have not been able to boot very consistently. The boot will hang during the Windows 7 splash screen and will not go further. The same thing ...
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HP G62 Won't turn on after plugging in HDMI cable.

I plugged in my Rocketfish HDMI cable (which was already connected to my TV) and boom, my computer turns off as if it was unplugged and the battery removed. This had also happened to me yesterday when ...
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How to Boot CentOS in CLI?

I have a CentOS 6.2 OS which boots into GUI. How, upon startup, can I not boot into the GUI and instead, boot into the CLI? I want to do this at computer startup time.
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Linux booting error (all distro)

I used to have a Windows Seven and Archlinux dual boot system, then I tried erasing my disk and installing only an Archlinux distribution. After I finished preparing everything (I made dozens of ...
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How can I display additional boot and shutdown information on the Windows 7 welcome screen?

There is a small tweak, I believe it is a registry key, that allows to display additional information on the Welcome and Shutting down screens of Windows 7 (and most likely Vista, too). I have ...
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monitor startup program behaviors and files accessed

Everytime I start my windows and login, I will see a copy file dialog. which copy files from C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Network\Connections\Pbk to ...
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The computer won't boot [closed]

I have a computer with Windows XP installed on it. But today I couldn't start it. The computer starts and it give up the "check" screen and the screen where I need to press a button to boot the system ...
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GRUB freeze - Debian/Ubuntu home server

I am trying to setup my own home server - headless. It is a Fit-PC2 machine (full tech specs here: http://www.fit-pc.com/web/fit-pc/fit-pc2-specifications/ ) with 160GB HDD so it has limited BIOS ...
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In Solaris how do you startup a script automatically without user input?

I'm using Oracle Solaris, and i would like to startup a script automatically everytime i turn on my computer and log into the desktop, however the script i want to run requires elevated permission, so ...
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Bypassing windows xp passwords without CD or USB

I got 2 PC's here, that my mother asked to fix, but I can't log in. Admin accounts have a password set. I can't boot from USB, they're to old and don't support it. The DVD drive doesn't seem to be ...
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Launchd WatchPaths does not respond to changes but only mounted files and disks

I'm running Snowleopard 10.6.8 on a Macmini server and I want this server to execute a script whenever a file or folder is inserted/edited or deleted from a specified folder. Since I'd like this ...
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Need handholding with BCDEDIT modifications

Just upgraded my Win7-32 computer by adding a new hard drive, new memory and a new installation of Win7-64. The Win7-32 installation still exists and was on the C:\ drive but now from the Win7-64 ...
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How to install Mac OS on Quicksilver PowerDesk G4 with blank hard drive

I have a Quicksilver PowerDesk G4 and the hard drive is blank and also I have no boot disc. What should I do then? Would burning a Mac OS 9.2.1 installion disc using a Mac computer and the IS960 ...
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Dell Inspiron 530 desktop tries 3 times to boot, then fails

First of all, please don't close this question as a duplicate. While it sounds similar to an old question on here, my situation is a bit different. My Dell Inspiron 530 Desktop has stopped booting. A ...
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remove deleted OSs from grub 1.98 boot menu

I am trying to remove entries for deleted operating systems, from grub 1.98 menu. I am using Gnu/Linux Debian 6 ( grub version 1.98+20100804-14+squeeze1 ). I have an Ubuntu partition with 10 kernel ...
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Windows 7, doesn't start up at times and/or is very slow to start

I have a older system, Asus P5N (MB) Intel core 2 6600, 32 bit (OS) 4.00 GB RAM. The problem is ever since I changed from windows XP to 7. at times it will not start up at all, the fans all start but ...
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Start Java GUI program as Root during Startup Linux

I have two PCs, PC_1 running Debian5, PC_2 running Windows, I need to have PC_1 to start a Jar file automatically during startup. When I put a script file to execute the Jar file in /etc/init.d, the ...
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Speed up my fedora 16 startup

i am quite new to Linux, and recently i happily install fedora 16 on my Acer laptop, it was wonderful in the beginning, but now the startup becomes very lagging. i Google it and run the command ...
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ubuntu 10.04 stuck on booting due to disk is already mounted

I replaced a failed hard disk which was mounted to /home. After boot, I logged in as root and replaced the uuid of the /home mount in /etc/fstab then rebooted it. Now it gets stuck on boot with the ...
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SSD Drive 0, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

After installing Windows 7, my Intel SSD was drive 0, added a extra HDD for Storage and now the new drive is drive 0. I have tried switching SATA ports on MotherBoard and it doesn't make any ...
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Booting from a CD when the keyboard isn't responding

I'm trying to boot into a CD. Unfortunately, I have to "press a key to continue" and my keyboard doesn't load/light up/start responding/etc. until after Windows starts. What can I do?
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Fans run, but nothing else on power up

Just now I came home, and went downstairs to work on my development box. I noticed that the power LED had gone yellow, like it was in standby, but when I jiggled the mouse nothing happened. I ...
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Win 7: After Acer Recovery, goes back to Start-up Repair Loop

I could really use some help with this. I've tried everything I can think of, have scoured the net for solutions and trouble-shooting ideas. The post is long but I want to give a clear picture of what ...
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Switching RAM modules fixes boot hiccups. Why?

I have a rather old motherboard with 4 DDR2 slots, all occupied. I bought the board, RAM modules, and CPU from an acquaintance, second hand, so I do not know the exact history of the problem. The ...
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Remove Grub 2 Blockfiles from Partition eg. /dev/sda1

In the process of setting up an encrypted Windows partition along with a dual booting Ubuntu, I have had to install the GRUB bootloader onto a partition /dev/sda1 instead of the MBR. In this setup ...
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What causes the computer clock to change radically and how can I fix it?

My girlfriend just sent me the following photo: Apparently that was what greeted her, along with a load of license expiry warnings, when she booted her laptop this morning. She then rebooted to be ...