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

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Can't boot from SATA dvd, seen as SerialCH1_Master

Here's the problem: I have an old computer based on an AsRock motherbord, the p4vt8+. I have 2 IDE HDs , one per each channel (IDE0 and IDE1) and I have a SATA dvd LG GH22N550. When I go into the BIOS ...
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c:\windows\system32\config\SYSTEM file corrupted in Windows XP EMBEDDED

I have this problem with windows xp embedded... Normally (using XP) I'd just copy the file from the repair folder (c:\windows\repair) but in this case I get no repair folder... What can I do?
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Windows 7 64-bit gets stuck on logo screen on bootup

I've had a PC running Windows 7 in my office which I'm not using at the moment (cause I'm working elsewhere as a consultant atm). I access the PC using Team Viewer which means the PC has been running ...
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Windows 7 will not boot up unless connected to External Hard Drive

When i disconnected my Buffalo Hard Drive my computer starts to boot up and then stops before it auto detects my Hard Drive and Cd/Dvd Rom. Once i have connected my External Buffalo Hard Drive it ...
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Dell XPS 710 - Boot Device Not Available

Recently I was gifted a Dell XPS 710 tower running WinXP SP3. It was running fine until today when I restarted and received a blue screen and the error "unmountable boot volume". In order to fix this ...
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iBook G4 stuck in blue screen

Won't boot into safe mode. I tried booting it holding Shift but it doesn't work! it gets to blue screen and its stuck. I managed to get it passed there by sheer luck once but thats it.
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PC won't boot, even into bios

Here's the deal: I cleaned a hard drive of some viruses (externally) and put it back into the original pc. This hard drive will boot in any other pc except the original pc. When I try other hard ...
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Can Anyone Tell Me What This Weird Screen Means - New Mac Mini on First Startup

Hey I am setting up my stepfathers computer and I go to turn it on for the first time and this screen pops up. I've never seen it before, can anyone tell me what it means?
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Open terminal on start in a specific place and size

I want that each time I login to my account (Ubuntu-desktop) a Terminal will open in a specific location and in a specific size. In which file do I put the command, and what is the command?
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Is there a program to show programs loading during the boot process in real time?

There are any number of programs that will show me WHAT will run during the boot process for Windows XP. I've always been partial to Mike Lin's version but there are several others, some of which are ...
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windows vista: is there a way to see the startup messages instead of the loading bar

My Windows Vista installation is hanging on the loading bar and never leaves it. Is there a way to see what it's actually doing? Such as by getting the text print-out of what it's loading as an ...
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Windows 7 Won't Boot

I recently built a new computer, my fifth one. ASUS Maximus III Formula LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Motherboard EVGA 01G-P3-1452-TR GeForce GTS 450 Superclocked 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 ...
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Mac Mini wont boot beyond Apple logo.

I have a Mac Mini that will boot to the Apple logo and sometimes to the spinning circle but no farther. It is like that it starts to read the Hard Drive but then stops. The hard drive is good, I ...
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How do I change a VMWare 1.x server's guest boot order?

I have 4 VMs on a Linux host, call them A, B, C, D running on Z. I really don't care when A and B come up, but I would like to make sure that D comes up before C. I believe that in VMWare 2.x it's ...
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Blinking cursor after repair install on Win XP

I have an Asus Eee PC netbook which I upgraded the drive of. After some shenanigans, I was able to do a repair install from my Windows XP CD. However, I still have a blinking cursor in the upper-left-...
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Remove bash startup behaviour (mac user)

When I start the terminal (which uses bash) a echoed message appears several times right before the message "You have mail." and it is added by someone that has used my computer. It also happens when ...
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Windows XP won't boot after drive transplant

I moved my hard drive from my Lenovo laptop into my Asus Eee PC netbook. When I started the netbook, after POST all I got was a black screen with a cursor in the upper left corner. I thought that the ...
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diagnose “corrupt file” problems

My computer has been crashing the last couple weeks pretty regularly (at least once a day). A lot of times things I do will display a little notification in the bottom right saying something about a ...
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Is it possible to make a program run on startup by adding it to the “Shell” registry entry?

Is it possible to make a program run on startup by adding it to the "Shell" registry entry? I'm talking about Windows Vista. I want to add to the end of explorer.exe to make it explorer.exe; ...
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HDD from Mid-2009 MacBook Pro works OUTSIDE laptop, but not INSIDE

Leading up to the problem: I was working late one night on a Keynote presentation. My battery ran out, and the computer did that hibernation thing it does when there's no battery power. I got my ...
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PC doesn't boot PC-BSD from USB

I've got a problem with a friend's PC: I'm installing a FreeBSD server and to make easier the installation for my friend I'm using the PC-BSD DVD. Surprise! The CD reader doesn't read DVDs, so I'm ...
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Starting Chrome without any window

I have a situation where I want to start Google Chrome browser without any window appearing in Linux. My intention is to launch it faster than it already does. I've noticed that if Chrome is already ...
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Doing “text mode 'splash' game” during boot

Sometimes I want to do something (for example, playing a simple text-mode game) while the system is booting up. This is especially useful when lengthy reiserfs transaction replays are happening. ...
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cdrom drive doesn't work on laptop

UPDATE: I bought a new CDROM drive, as recommended by HP. It still doesn't work. I can open and close it now; so that's changed. But it still doesn't appear as a drive, and I can't use it. Any ...
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I have multiple dvds to boot vista; can I somehow combine them to boot from single flash drive?

My disk drive doesn't work. I got an external one, but I can't boot from it apparently. I can boot from USB, I've noticed. So I'm wondering if I can put my 3 vista recovery discs onto a single ...
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Boot/unlock computer with a CD/Flash Drive?

For the sake of my privacy I'd like to boot my computer or windows only with the help of an external storage media. Is this even possible? If so, then how?
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Can't Boot windows: random characters after post

I'm having a very weird issue with my gaming machine, which makes me sad. My machine starts, posts, and initializes the Adaptec RAID card just fine. After it does that I get a string of random ...
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multibootISOs missing items?

it seems that many items are missing from MultiBootIsos...exe operating-systems list. i remember seeing there clonezilla, PMagic, maybe more, but they're gone now, for all versions of the program i ...
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On Mac OS X, how can I disable journaling on shutdown and reenable it on boot?

The why: I want to share a home partition with Ubuntu, but I don't want to give up journaling while booted into Mac OS X (Snow Leopard) if I don't have to. What I've figured out: The commands I want ...
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Could an empty pc battery prevent pc booting into BIOS ? (Pc is running, no display)

My pc won't boot into BIOS anymore ... hard disk, fans etc are all spinning, there just isn't any display, no bleeps, and there's also no reading processes heard from the hard drives. I know the pc ...
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Debian boot problem

I have installed Slackware on /dev/sda6 and lilo at MBR, after that I installed Debian Squeeze beta2 on /dev/sda7 and grub at first section of /dev/sda7, I added at /etc/lilo.conf record for debian ( ...
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Booting Ubuntu Netbook Edition off SD card by with persistence provided by the hard disk

I have a Lenovo Ideapad with Windows XP installed. I do not want to mess with the boot loader or the hard disk partitioning. I can run Ubuntu Netbook Edition off a SD card without touching the hard ...
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Computer boot delayed: Turns on, flicks off, flicks back on, boots?

My friend got done with his first build yesterday. It all works flawlessly, however something concerns him. When he first powers up his computer, the motherboard light and fans start up, but then it ...
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HP Compaq T5000 won't power up

So, just took an unused HP Compaq T5000 out of storage, originally bought in 2006, so thought I'd power it up and look into how I could repurpose it at home.... except that it wont start up :( When I ...
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How to download Hiren .iso file? [closed]

I'm looking at Hiren Boot Page at http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd but can't find where to download the iso. Do you have any idea?
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Why won't my computer enter the boot sequence — even though the power is working?

Following a storm last night -- though without lightning or thunder -- my desktop won't start up. Symptoms: The external power lights and one internal light on the motherboard light up. The three ...
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“Windows is preparing your computer for first use” message appears on each boot

I got a new laptop today, a Toshiba with Windows 7 installed on it. Once all the Toshiba setup stuff had run I did the usual windows updates and played with it a little etc. Every time I boot it ...
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How to set boot device from Windows?

My USB keyboard does not work during BIOS setup, so I can't change my primary boot device. Is there a way to set the primary boot device from Windows? Is there any other way to boot from CD? I don'...
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Configuring Background Tasks to Autorun as Administrator

I am trying to figure out how to run a program that requires administrator access to autorun. Some programs like DuMeter, Speedfan, or ATI Tray Tools require administrator access to interface with ...
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Windows Mobile: what is the difference between warm-reset and cold-reset? [closed]

Windows Mobile: what is the difference between warm-reset, cold-reset, and clean-boot?
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buildroot rootfs on arm board

After building buildroot with Kernelimage and rootfs (jffs2) i flashed them to my board. bootargs set to: mem=64M console=ttyS0,115200 root=/dev/mtdblock1 rw rootfstype=jffs2 Now when i boot i get ...
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Very long login time in Ubuntu Lucid

My machine is taking ages to get from the login screen after booting to actually showing the GNOME desktop (as in, over a minute). It seems as though it is just waiting for a long period of that time ....
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Internal Drive Changes Letter on Boot

Hey guys, I'm running Windows 7 x64 and every time I boot my machine it changes the letter of one of my drives. I have four drives and this is the only one that ever does this. Any ideas?
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I can't get my PC to start up by a normal way

I couldn't write a more accurate title. I am just unable to start the computer by pressing the Power On button. I checked the Power Supply and it seems to give good voltage values in every pin. And ...
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Need once a day on first boot solution for running a program

I've been using Once-A-Day II from Karen's Tools to run a batch file upon booting each day. If for whatever reason, I reboot during the day a second time, OAD is smart enough not to run a second time. ...
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DVD-burner disappears when using grub

This is a rather annoying problem I have with Linux on my laptop. Whenever I install any Linux distro that relies on grub (which is about 99 % apparently) it will mess up my DVD-drive and the drive ...
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Vista takes a long time to startup on a weird place: after the loading screen but before the WIMP

I'm having an unusual problem with Windows Vista on startup. It progresses past the POST and the loading screen with the green progress bar at normal speed, but then the blank screen between that ...
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Permanent hard drive fragmentation? + boot problems

I am using a Samsung 80GB SATA II drive in a machine with the following specs: AMD Athlon 64 3800+ @ 2.4 GHz 4x 512MB PC3200 DDR400 SDRAM HIS Radeon HD4350 256MB DDR2 Windows XP Professional 32-bit ...
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On my Mac: How can I run a program at startup AND have it in the menu bar?

I need a program to always run and always be in the background. Any suggestions? Update based on comments: By "add it to the menu bar," I mean that I don't want it to run in the dock. I want to ...
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Healthy HDD works from boot disk, but not bootable

I have a Dell 8600 Inspiron which got a virus. The data was not worth rescuing. I just want to start from square 1, but cannot make the HDD bootable. The disk is accessible when the machine is ...