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

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How to boot into Linux (Ubuntu) with Windows Bootloader? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using Vista boot loader instead of GRUB OK, so I had Windows Vista on a drive, and then installed Ubuntu Jaunty on another drive. When I did that, grub took over. I ...
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create XP usb boot disk in Vista

My netbook (running on XP) recently encountered "NTLDR is missing" problem. However, since I don't have an external dvd, I need to create a USB boot-up disk to re-install XP. Unfortunately, my other ...
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How to boot Toshiba Portege M200 from image with no CD drive

My Toshiba Portege M200 has no CD drive, and I would like to boot to Acronis to reload from an image that I created. I don't know how else to get the OS and all the drivers loaded. It doesn't seem ...
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Watching the details of a normal Windows XP boot cycle

Is it possible to see the details of what is going on behind the scenes/screen during booting of Windows XP? Something like the dump that is shown when booting up in safe mode.
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XFS won't mount with fstab options in Fedora 12

Okay, the topic says it all. I used the usual 'mkfs.xfs -l size=128m,lazy-count=1 /dev/sdX' at creation. After that, I would like to use custom mount options like: This goes instead of the "defaults" ...
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Disable Mac startup sound

Anyone know how to disable that cheesy startup sound when I power on my Mac? If it makes a difference, I'm running Mac OS X 10.6.
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Microsoft Performance Analysis: how do I know when the boot process is done?

I got the program to work, but I can't seem to figure out how to get boot events. I tried actions, but Microsoft's documentation is severely lacking. I was able to use the boot manager with the ...
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Bootvis is great, is there any way to run it in Vista and Windows 7?

I recently tried out Bootvis and it works great. It does exactly what I want to do, but it doesn't seem to work in Vista and Windows 7 ... is it possible to get it to work in those OS's as well?
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Is there a way to get the system boot time?

After you reboot and the system is all loaded up, is there a place that stores the system boot time; meaning the total time it took for the system to boot back up. I would like to compare different ...
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ThinkPad T400 backlight doesn't always turn on when booting from battery

I have a Lenovo ThinkPad T400, which I've owned for about a year. A while back, I noticed a problem in which the LED backlight would not always turn on when booting from battery. Usually, if I hold ...
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How to update the bios of a Dell Optiplex GX280 with Windows XP?

My computer BIOS for Dell Optiplex GX280 with XP Pro has been failing me miserably. So, I have decived to update/replace the BIOS. Now, my questions are: What files do I put on that bootable floppy? ...
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HP dv9000 Vista laptop won't boot from CD/DVD drive

My HP dv9000 Vista laptop recently got the BSOD with error 0x0000c1f5. The only way to fix this error is to be able to boot from CD/DVD and use some repair software I have. The problem is that the ...
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Vista Startup Repair cannot repair my Toshiba Laptop (L300D)

I installed some updates, and now the computer doesn't boot up, it just keep's telling me to go to repair, which doesn't fix the problem. I see the BSOD on startup, but it flashes by too quick. (I ...
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DISK BOOT FAILURE after upgrading power supply

After upgrading my power supply, I get the following error message when trying to boot into Windows 7. DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER My Windows 7 installation is on a SATA ...
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Ubuntu terminal only at startup

usually when I boot into Ubuntu 9.10 nowadays, I get a terminal only (no desktop, etc) asking me to login. Once I do, I still only have terminal access. It takes somewhere between 3 - 10 restarts to ...
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Vista gets stuck in an endless loop while booting

I put my laptop to sleep last night, and when I woke up this morning... it didn't. So I tried to reboot, and everything went fine until it got to the Vista splash screen, where it's supposed to ...
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How do I start programs automatically when Mac OS X boots up? Specifically VMWare Fusion's vmrun to start VMs

How do I configure programs to run automatically when (after) Mac OS X boots up? Specifically I am trying to get VMWare VMs to start automatically after an OS X reboot but running any (non-graphical) ...
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bootmgr missing after resuming from hybernation (win7 x64)

I've got this issue only two times by now and after ctrl+alt+del it boots perfectly. But just to be sure - is my hard drive going to fail or am I being paranoid?
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Delay before booting?

Booting will start only after 5-10 minutes. If we go for BIOS, it will also take that much time. At that time monitor showing intel pentium 4 logo. My Mother board is intel 845 GlAD and ...
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DELL Laptop will not start

We have a DELL laptop running Windows XP. When I try and start it, the screen is blank. When I try it in diagnostic mode the screen works fine. I have ran the diagnostics, including testing the ...
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Can I make USB drive bootable and install multiple OSes from it?

Is it possible to have USB drive bootable and place multiple ISOs like Windows 7.iso WindowXP.iso Ubuntu.iso RHEL.iso so that I can choose which OS to install?
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How to boot a partition using a virtual pc

I have backed up my failing hard drive using a ddrescue Linux command to two partition files - p1 and p2 5GB and 90GB each. Now, without saving this back to an actual disk - is there a way for me to ...
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Run AppleScript on startup (background)

I want to run a apple-script on Mac OS X on startup. The script shall run during the complete lifetime of the user session. What is the best solution to do this? My Script: on idle do shell ...
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System says memory controller not available and doesn't boot?

Recently I have had a MainBoard-problem. I've send my mainboard to service and today I got it back from the company. It is a Foxconn 520a mainboard. Now I have installed my exchanged mainboard. But ...
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How do I reset/update my BIOS for Optiplex GX280?

So far this has been a nightmare for me, which has been frustrating me constantly. I am using Dell Optiplex GX280 with Windows XP home edition, which is running a BIOS version A04. Recently, i've ...
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Snow Leopard won't reboot after recent Security Update

This has happened to me after a recent Security update from Apple. Went to restart, and Mac just hung for ages with pinwheel spinning. Eventually turned off at back of Mac Mini. Trying to reboot and ...
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Toshiba Mini Netbook not turning on

This is the second time this has happened with my Toshiba Mini Netbook. When I restart it, it will shut down but then not come back up. It seems like it's running but the screen is blank and the power ...
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Ubuntu 6.06: Mounting /root/sda1 /root failed: No such device

An old machine in our office, running Ubuntu 6.06 all of a sudden will not boot up. I get the following info during boot: Uncompressing Linux... Ok Booting the kernel mount: Mounting /root/sda1 /root ...
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How to mute the sound output on Windows Start up?

Is there any way to mute the PC volume on Windows startup? Any GPEDIT tricks or suchlike? I am using Windows XP. This question is not about simply blocking the “startup sound”. I want to mute the ...
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Computer will not boot - disk read error - cannot boot from HD or DVD

This is a >3 year-old system: HP a1640n. There have been no issues with it in the past. I added a video card 2 years ago, and more memory 1 year ago, both without issues. There haven't been any recent ...
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HP tx2510us shuts down without warning, now won't boot, no BIOS codes, screen doesn't light

HP tx2510us worked great for a year and a half, rarely it would shut down instead of sleeping. It started running hot sometimes, I installed Win7, worked great, still running hot. Before Xmas, it gave ...
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Mouse and Keyboard Stop Working on Startup

I have a Dell Optiplex 330 and have recently done a Windows XP repair. After it was finished I was able to use the computer just fine. Now I take it back to it's original location and plug in the ...
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How to disable startup apps on Windows Vista?

Whenever I start my Windows box, it automatically opens "Welcome Center" and "On-Screen Keyboard". I never asked it to do this. I don't know why it does this. How do I turn it off? In the old ...
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Will setting permissions on Bitlocker boot partition/drive affect boot?

I've recently setup a Windows Vista Ultimate machine with Bitlocker encryption. As part of the setup process the Bitlocker Preparation Tool creates a secondary "boot" partition which remains ...
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Where does computer stores the Operating System info

If i have three partitions on computer. On every drive i have three OS installed. Now where does the Computer store that OS information which tells which partition has which OS. Because e,g My ...
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Getting a STOP error on Vista boot (PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA)

I'm trying to boot into a Vista 64 bit machine and during startup, right after the progress bar starts scrolling back and forth, it BSOD's with a STOP error 0x00000050 (PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA). ...
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Disabling log on for technical OS X user

I created a technical user that is only used to run a certain service. It doesn't have a home folder or anything else standard. The account also doesn't appear in the System Preferences... > ...
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linux: automount internal hard drive during boot?

i try to create my own NAS and i need to automount the internal sata disks during boot i know i could do using fstab but im searching for a more easy/generalized way so its easier to scale with less ...
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Graphical corruption during Linux startup and shutdown - should I be worried?

For the last month, when starting up or shutting down my laptop under Linux, I would get graphical corruption. Startup has an colour inverted, grainy rendition of what should be displayed while ...
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How do I remove the Xerox printer icon from the task bar?

I once installed a driver for a Xerox Phaser 6110 printer. Ever since, I have a printer icon in my task bar whenever I restart the computer. Right-clicking it brings up the option to "Exit" which ...
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0x0000007b vista harddrive swap

I swap my hard drive to a new computer with vista 32 I get 0x0000007b stop error on bootup I tried using the cd to do the repair but it fails. I think it is because I have the wrong hard drive ...
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Vista hangs on load: black screen with mouse only

So here is the info that I have so far: The computer was on all night because it failed to go to sleep properly. It was also very hot in the morning. This is not irregular for the machine (it's a ...
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How to upgrade OS on Mac Mini with external USB Drive?

We have a G4 Mac Mini, circa 2005, running Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, and we want to upgrade to 10.5 Leopard. We have a Leopard install disk, but the optical drive in this mini is broken. So we ...
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Certain thumbdrives keep a system from going out of the boot screen

I have an old r51 which I boot off USB. Apparently, if I have a Toshiba 2GB thumbdrive similar to this plugged in: ... or an old imation 1GB drive plugged in, it won't boot at all - it freezes in ...
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Safemode Startup Issues on Vista 64 Bit

Before i ask the question, let me point out that this is not a hardware issue. I have a clean install of vista on another hd that runs on same hardware, i am pretty sure its a corruption of a drive or ...
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Machine won't boot unless it has been plugged in for a day or so

When I go on vacation, I unplug my computers. The time before last when I got back, one machine wouldn't boot. After a couple of days I got around to trying to fix it, but it was fine. I just got ...
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Box not booting with 1TB Segate external Drive

I have a Box running xpsp3, Intel board, 3.2gb P4*2. I recently purchased a 1TB Seagate external Drive, The box will not boot XP when the HD is plugged in, it will sit on the Intel boot screen ...
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Store and boot a cd on a HD?

Originally i tried using a linux distro to use DD but it was not compatible with my hardware. I have a Norton Ghost disc and i would like to store it on my HD so i can boot into it easier, not need ...
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Making a Live Thumb drive boot with Persistent files, settings AND *drivers* that load on boot?

I have seen https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LiveUsbPendrivePersistent but it's a mess. What methods support persistent drivers as well as files and settings and don't screw up lifespan of the flash drive? ...
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ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe problem

hi i'm having trouble with my computer so I thought I'd post and see if it isn't the former,I'll try to detail the symptoms as well as possible. I've an asus m2n-sli deluxe motherboard with 2 ddr2 ...