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

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How to disable auto chkdsk on windows startup for ALL drives?

I have system with multiple drive partitions, both Windows and Linux. The problem is, during startup windows tries to run autochk on every partition possible (including ex4 and such, those it sees as ...
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Booting an Asus EeePC from a LiveCD USB stick

I have two identical Asus EeePC netbooks that are both installed with Ubuntu. One of them was sitting on the closet shelf and the battery went completely dead. When I charged the battery and tried to ...
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Method for Booting Windows XP/7 from an External Hard Drive?

I currently own a Macbook Pro, and got rid of the optical drive to instead use a second hard drive in its place. This second hard drive contains an installation of Windows 7, which was installed from ...
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How to allow root user to start up under FileVault 2 in Lion?

I just enabled Whole-Disk Encryption (under the name FileVault 2) in Mac OS X Lion. In the setup process, I was asked to select the users whose passwords can unlock the startup disk. I have the root ...
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How to open a file the next time the Windows computer boots?

I'm going to be fixing a family friend's computer later and won't be interacting with the computer owner personally, so I would like to have a readme.txt to automatically open the first time (and only ...
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I can't boot with external media because my keyboard does not work

My keyboard (USB) functions well when the system starts (and I can enter BIOS by pressing DEL key), but when it comes to the boot from CD screen I can't press anything. Again, when it comes to OS ...
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Boot Windows XP installation from CD

I am trying to format and install Windows XP on a Toshiba Satellite laptop, but I can't boot from the CD. When I go to the BIOS system, I check that the boot order is correct, first the CD and then ...
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How do I properly dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7 on an UEFI system?

I have an HP Z210 with Windows 7, which is UEFI based. I'd like to dual boot it to Ubuntu 11.10 with GRUB2, but am having problems due to the UEFI. The install CD goes to the end, but then the ...
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Server requites chkdsk after every power cycle

I've discovered that after every shutdown, Windows Server 2008 R2 will automatically go to the system recovery, and I have to run chkdsk /r and let it complete. Then after the reboot, it will boot ...
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Boot computer without ubuntu external drive

I installed ubuntu dual boot on an external drive, now I can only boot using the hard drive. Even in my boot says it first searches for my usual boot location, but it still gives me an error while ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 only boots to Recovery Console

I was bringing up a server this morning, and all it will do is boot to the recovery agent, giving the following options: Restore a backup image, Memory Check, Command Prompt, shutdown, restart. The ...
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dmesg.log on Mac OS X

Mac OS X does not seem to dump the exact output of dmesg to a file. I need to log the dump of dmesg to the disk. kernel.log and system.log do not contain the required information. Only output of ...
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Can't choose to boot from USB?

I have an Ubuntu setup on a USB, but the problem is I can't choose to boot from USB in BIOS. I can only choose my hard drive, DVD drive and flopy. I have motherboard ASUS P5LD2
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Windows refuses to boot after installing Ubuntu on another disk [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: WIndows 7 cannot boot - bootrec reports FS not found or corrupt I have 3 disks: On disk 1 I have Windows 7 installed. Disk 2 is for storage. Disk 3 was unused until I ...
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Boot from USB using GRUB

My friend's laptop was in a car accident (he's fine!). However the laptop is very old its an Acer Aspire 1520 the CD-rom drive is broken and there is no floppy drive. I made him a USB boot before I ...
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Machine keeps rebooting after hitting the 'Verifying DMI pool data…' stage

As it starts up, it only ever gets that far before spontaneously rebooting. It won't even respond to attempts to boot from the CD rom. I've put a HD from an identical machine into it instead and it ...
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Cannot Boot to USB with PCChips A13G+ Motherboard

Basically, I want to install a new OS on an old computer I built a while back. It doesn't have a CD drive. I made a Live USB stick using unetbootin and my main computer has no issues booting to it. ...
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Why does booting Windows 7 take longer after adding a user account

I am using my laptop for school, aswell as for work. In order to access certain network drives at work, i need to be part of a domain. Therefore, when im at work i login to the domain there. Ever ...
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GRUB error: unknown filesystem

I replaced my old laptop drive which was win7 and ubuntu dual boot with an SSD. Now I connected the old drive through a USB adapter and I want to boot from it. But this comes up: unknown filesystem ...
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SSD not detected on boot up running windows 7, with installed blank hdd

I have recently built a PC for a friend, after the original system build, which included a 60GB primary SSD and a secondary 1TB HDD. I kept getting blue screens of death and kernel power errors, after ...
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How can I find out why my computer is taking so long to boot?

My computer takes 2:37 to boot (according to Soluto) (avg. 1:05). As you can see by the information I've included, this shouldn't be so. I can't for the life of me figure out why. I've always had ...
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Computer without Graphic Card, Asus P8P67

I'm having some requirement to built a computer without Graphic Card (no inboard, no external, nothing). The OS installation (Linux) and setup will use an external Graphic Card for sure, but after ...
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How to start Backtrack after installation

I am having xp and ubuntu installed in my sytem. Then I installed Backtrack5R1 but after reboot with the grub entry of Backtrack(Updated grub from ubuntu) leads to the same state that was before ...
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Laptop boot failure

My laptop won't boot past the Windows error recovery page, it just keeps cycling. I have already tried running Windows 7 repair disk, and it was not able to fix an issues. What would be my next step?...
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Dell Laptop Hangs on Startup

Mine is a Dell Inspiron 1564 installed with Windows 7 basic (64 bit). For over a year it was working fine. But now whenever I try to turn it on, it just keeps on waiting on the Dell startup screen (...
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27" iMac Won't Boot / Failed HD?

today my 27" iMac i bought a year and a half ago suddenly because really sluggish. i checked the processes to see what was causing the problem. nothing seemed to be taking up large amounts of ...
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How can I create a VPN connection via a startup script?

I am trying to deploy a VPN connection to all laptops on my Domain via the startup script. It has to be done at startup and not login as the connection has to be available to all users and they don't ...
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Vista Booting Issues

The long of it (with all the details; skip ahead for just the question) So, Vista won't boot (surprise, surprise). But, I've gotten it a lot closer than when I started this process, so I have hope in ...
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How to get a bootlog when I cannot boot into Windows 7?

Here's my puzzle: I cannot boot my Windows 7 VM -- it gets stuck on the startup screen with the pretty pulsing windows icon. I can get into safemode ok. I believe if I could only get to the bootlog ...
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Windows 7 Will not boot from SSD when other Controller has raid enabled

I have recently put together a new high-end gaming / work PC. The relevant hardware items for this problem are as follows: 1 x ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z Intel Motherboard 2 x Western Digital Caviar ...
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What mode do modern 64-bit Intel chip PCs run the boot sector in?

I know with older machines like 286s, the first 512 bytes loaded from the first sector of the boot drive to 0000:7C00 in memory were run in 16-bit real mode, but what about modern 64-bit architectures?...
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bash: execute command given in commandline and don't exit

how do I specifiy a command on the commmandline of bash which shall be executed once inside the new bash after reading ~/.bashrc -- But all this without letting bash exit after the command is finished?...
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I just installed Windows 7 onto an IDE hard drive and everything looked good. But it won't boot

I just installed Windows 7 onto this IDE hard drive and everything looked good. It went through the entire process until that regular last boot after "Completing installation...". But it won't boot ...
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GRUB2 boot failure: “Error: Out of disk”

Create two or more partitions in one USB disk. Install any Linux system in second or later partition. Install GRUB2 in the disk. Boot directory is the /boot on the partition where Linux system is ...
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On XP many application won't start, get fixed after scandisk, but the the same again after reboot

So I've got Win XP, after startup I'm unable to run many applications (like Google Chrome, Opera, Lightroom) while some (Word for example) are running OK. If I make a scandisk (during bootup) the ...
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Limiting RAM and CPU cores

I want to limit the number of CPU cores and RAM which the OS sees. Is there any way of doing this in BIOS ? I tried changing the grub file with maxcpu parameter. Is there something which I can do in ...
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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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Ubuntu 11.04 low graphics mode - won't boot at all

A dialogue now comes up when I turn my computer on (its the only thing in the middle of the screen), saying it is in low graphics mode because it could not detect my settings. I tried the option of ...
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What is causing my system to wait 10 minutes after boot before presenting a UAC elevation prompt?

Since about four days ago, every time I restart or reboot my Windows 7 machine, the system comes back up with Microsoft Security Essentials disabled. The network and sharing icon in the status bar ...
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Startup, Shutdown, and applying computer settings?

At work, I login to my computer (XP) using domain. It takes long time at "running startup scripts", long time at "running shutdown scripts" and ages at "Applying computer settings". I checked local ...
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Laptop fan gets loud and shuts down within 30 seconds of boot

My recently-bought laptop is having some hardware trouble... When I turn it on, everything proceeds normally for about 15-20 seconds. Then, the fan goes to max power and gets ridiculously loud for ...
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My PC takes more than 10 minutes to enter OS choice menu

I have PC with following configuration Intel Dual core processor 1 GB RAM 160 GB hard disk 256mb inbuilt graphics Recently I have been using UBUNTU 10.04 liveCd and after the restart ...
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Debian Squeeze, linux-image-2.6.32-5-486: Boot process halts with [<c1003997>] ? kernel_thread_helper+0x7/0x10

I just upgraded an old box from Debian Etch to Lenny, and then from Lenny to Squeeze. Upon getting the system up to Squeeze, I installed the latest 2.6 kernel, linux-image-2.6.32-5-486. When I ...
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Ubuntu 11.04 (64-bit) won't boot. Forgot to install GRUB 2. Manual GRUB install fails

I cannot get Ubuntu to boot. I downloaded the Ubuntu 11.04 64-bit mini.iso and installed it in Virtualbox (v.4.1.2 running on OS X 10.5.8). When I installed Ubuntu, I selected "Command-line expert ...
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Disable scanning of CD/DVD drive during windows boot

How can i find which program is scanning the dvd/cd drive during windows 7 boot up? I want to disable this. Maybe anti virus? (I use AVG) I already changed boot priority on bios to make HD first. ...
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what user/group are init.d scripts launched as?

Maybe i got the title wrong so correct me if it is On system bootup i get the error spawn-fcgi: opening PID-file '/var/run/php-fastcgi/php-fastcgi.pid' failed: Permission denied What permission ...
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Unexplained computer crash via hardware

I have a very weird hardware problem (I assume), my computer crashes sometimes when it is running. This is not the most weird part, when I boot the computer the GRUB 2.0 boot loader is displayed. ...
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Ubuntu won't boot, only displays GRUB terminal

I have a problem with my Ubuntu 11.04 installation. I've installed Ubuntu 11.04 from Windows, it worked fine for days, but today it won't boot. When I start the machine, GRUB loads. There is the ...
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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 ...
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Auto Power up a Machine that is in Shut down state

How to make a machine that is in a shut-down state to auto power up at a scheduled period of time?