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

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VIA VT6421A RAID controller on MSI KT4V motherboard not bootable [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Booting From VIA VT6421A Based PCI SATA Card I'd like to upgrade my old PC. My setup: Motherboard: MSI KT4V (only supports IDE HDDs, no SATA) I installed a VIA VT6421A ...
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Where is the startup folder in Windows XP Professional SP3?

I want to manually remove a certain program from starting automatically, and I cannot find a "Startup" folder any more. The program I am referring to is uTorrent, if this will help.
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c:\windows\system32\config\systemprofile\desktop unavaliable

Last night I shut down my computer as normal. Today when I logged in it took much longer than usual and I got this error. C:\windows\system32\config\systemprofile\desktop refers to a location that ...
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I cannot boot Ubuntu 10.04 on battery power. What do I do?

Okay, so as the title says, I run Ubuntu 10.04. The problem is that when I boot it on battery, it doesn't come on. I see a blank screen completely. Sometimes, the Ubuntu splash is visible for a couple ...
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How does the bootstrap program in a PC find the OS

If there are several OSes in a computer, how does the bootstrap program know which one to load? Is it the same in a Mac?
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How to make full (bootable) backup of HFS+ partition

Some years ago (before switched to Mac) I have used Acronis True Image for creating/restoring full image of NTFS partitions. Now I'm on Mac. What I want to do is somehow fully backup my bootable HFS+ ...
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Android - Emulator takes a long time to start up

I have successfully installed Android-SDK in my computer. Generally, I test application with my real android Device (HTC HERO) so it is fast to test an application on a real device. But when I try to ...
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Fixing a boot-time NTLDR error

I'm getting an NTLDR error when booting. What could cause an NTLDR error that can't be resolved by anything other than Ctrl+Alt+Del? How can I fix it? Does it have to do with my hard drive?
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Start up with a virtual machine

Is it possible to use a virtual machine like a kind of dual or multi-boot? I mean: The computer starts up directly in the virtual machine and the you can chose what kind of OS you want to use (after ...
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What can I try when my HD won't boot with the error “A disk read error occurred”

The error I have on boot is: A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart I can view all the files on the hard drive booting off an Ubuntu CD, but I can't boot into the version of ...
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Upstart Help: Change Ubuntu 10.04 Service Boot Order

I am having an issue with the order in which services start up in Ubuntu 10.04. My workstations are configured to use winbind to connect to my Domain Controller for authentication. The problem is ...
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Getting Windows Media Player to play at startup

I need to tweak a WinXP Pro machine (well, several of them, actually) to start Windows Media Player on startup, and have it begin playing its current playlist immediately. I've considered doing a ....
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rsync hack to bounce files between two unconnected servers

Here's the connection: [Server1] <---> [my desktop] <---> [Server2] Server1 and server2 are not permitted to talk directly to eachother (don't ask). My desktop, however is able to ...
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Old PC failing with no beep or monitor signal at start up, but occasionally it boots OK

A friend asked me to look at an old Windows 98 machine (I don't have any specs I'm afraid) that was having problems but I'm stumped, does anyone know what might cause the following symptoms: There ...
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Flash Drive refuses to be bootable

Hi I have used my Corsair Flash Voyager GT 16GB as a boot drive many times, bur recently it has refused to want to boot any OS, It just displays this blinking hyphen.
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How do I get Windows XP Professional upgrade to boot directly without having to choose it at startup?

I installed a Windows XP Professional upgrade onto a computer I'm going to use as a dev server, but whenever I boot up I have to choose between the pro or regular version. Is there a configuration ...
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3 beeps on pc startup, bluescreens, and 3 beeps again

I am experiencing a really annoying problem right now. I am experiencing times when my PC just shuts down, then when I turn it on, I am greeted with 3 continuous beeps over and over. When I press the ...
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Interesting Windows 7 boot Issue involving RAID and an SSD

Any idea what's causing this issue and how I can resolve it? The biggest clue here is that I can boot fine when the SATA controller is in SATA or AHCI mode, but on selecting RAID booting throws an ...
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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 hand-me-...
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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 it....
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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 ...