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

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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 ...
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skip init scripts - boot freezes at “setting system clock”

I have a debian system that's freezing in the boot sequence at "Setting system clock". Several sites I looked at recommended changing the init scripts to disallow hardware access to the clock. But, I ...
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Cannot boot Live USB, Linux

I am trying to boot into GParted-Live or Ubuntu-Live off a USB, it just won't happen. I formatted a USB with files for GParted-Live found here: http://gparted.sourceforge.net/liveusb.php and the ...
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Why does my Windows XP system take longer to start up?

I bought my computer about 2 years ago. Since then the start up time (Windows XP) has gone from less than 30 seconds to over 3 minutes. Part of this happened immediately after installation of the ...
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Mac OS X: Difference between start-up times

In Mac OS X (10.6.3) there's a big difference in the time it takes for the computer to become responsive when you either start up your computer from cold, or or when you log out and sign in as a new (...
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Acer aspire 5520 power light blinks no boot

My laptop was working fine last night, I hibernated it and went to sleep. Got up, pressed the power button. The power light comes on for 4 seconds and the hdd light blinked a few times, then it turned ...
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Options for laptop with burnt video card

So the graphics card on one of my laptops is officially dead. I'm currently using it as a web server, by logging in remotely to the machine whenever I have to configure something. Where I'm uncertain ...
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3.5mm nub to insert into computer for easy mute?

I've always liked the fact that when you plug headphones into the headphone jack of my laptop, the laptop will not make a sound. For example, if I'm in a class and I need to restart my computer, I'll ...
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Overclocked PC boots only after second attempt

I've overclocked my PC by increasing the system bus frequency from 200 to 333(266 has the same issue). Everything works fine except for booting. When I press the power button, the PC starts up but ...
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How do you delay the launch of an application in Windows 7 at startup?

I'd like to delay the launch of some startup apps to give it some time to load the other ones before the one I want.
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Disk Boot Failure - Insert System Disk and Press Enter

Question: How can a running system suddenly reboot and show the message: Disk Boot Failure - Insert System Disk and Press Enter instead of booting the OS? It doesn't seem to be caused by a defective ...
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Why are my registry updates ( at boot ) slow?

So, for the past 6 months or so, the Windows 7 registry updates that happen at booting my laptop are going really slow. Where it usually takes a few seconds, it will now take up to 10 minutes. Any ...
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Computer won't boot

My computer is not starting. I have a black screen and it gives me series of beeps. Can some body please let me know what might be the problem.
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XP Pro x64: Program started at boot with automatic logon behave differently after update

I have a program that I wrote in .NET to select games for mame (arcade emulator). This is a frontend. I configured in the registry an automatic logon for the administrator. In the "startup" windows ...
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Boot Camp can't boot Windows 7

I just recently installed Windows 7 (Ultimate 64-bit) on my 15-inch Macbook Pro. Not long after I installed VMware Fusion 3. Windows runs perfectly on VMware and any other VM for that matter, but ever ...
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Recover a lost partition on a USB flash drive (after using it for boot)

I used wintoflash to create a bootable device from my USB flash drive. It had 8GB, and now I can see only 2GB. I tried using win 7 default disk management utility but it can't merge the partitions. ...
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Windows 7 boot crash - even in safe command prompt mode - even after repair

My Windows 7 (x64) installation keeps crashing on me and I need to figure out why. Here's what I've done so far: - Problem occured after setting an (obviously) too big step in the CPU base frequency (...
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How to properly flash BIOS from floppy boot?

I have a machine with an ECS K7SEM (V3.0C) and I'm trying to flash the BIOS to the newest version so that I can support an AGP 4X video card that I want to install. So, first, I formatted a floppy ...
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Unable to boot from secondary IDE HDD when DVD burner connected as master

I have a (as it seems to me) strange problem with my DVD burner (Sony AD7540A) which I would like to use as master device on a IDE bus. There is a HDD on the bus as well that should be (is) the slave ...
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Motherboard POSTs only once in a while

It's a Gigabyte GA-8S661FXM-F... Intel P4 HT Prescott 3 GHz installed, along with Kingston 1GB PC3200 DDR400 RAM and a Fujitsu 20GB IDE HDD. I've tried a Sparkle 300W PSU, an OKIA 300W PSU and a ...
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Hard Drive Won't Boot After OS Install

This is my step by step process on a Dell Inspiron 6000 with a brand new 320 HD: Turn on Laptop Insert Xubuntu 9.1 disc Boot to CD-rom After boot has finished, I install and instance of Xubuntu on ...
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XP disk check runs every time I boot

Every time I boot my computer XP checks my backup partition (it is NTFS) for errors, this has become really annoying because my computer is old-ish (5+ years) and I don't leave it on like I used to. ...
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How to diagnose a slow booting laptop [duplicate]

I'm running Windows 7 Pro 64bit on a Dell Precision M4400 laptop and whenever I boot it it takes ages ( >5mins average). This doesn't seem right as it's a fairly beasty piece of kit, It get's a 5.9 ...
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How to force Fedora 12 to start to text mode?

I have a problem with my newly installed ATI driver so my Fedora 12 boots to a frozen graphic mode display. I need to force it to boot to text mode interface to start adjusting my X configuration. ...
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Windows XP Boot Failure

Last night my PC was acting a bit strange, so I decided to restart it to see if that would improve the situation. Unfortunately, after doing so, it would not boot into Windows. I can see it POST, but ...
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Bootcamp, Removed Windows partition, why does it still ask for a disk at startup?

I removed a Windows 7 64bit, partition on my MacBook Pro. There are no partitions, except a single OS X partition left. However, when I restart my computer, it automatically goes into a mode where it ...
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Reducing video mode switching during Linux boot

When I boot up my desktop computer, which only has Linux on it, the video mode and/or console font gets switched four times: When GRUB starts, it switches from 80x25 text to a graphical mode so it ...
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Disk Boot Failure. Mbr Problem?

Hi My hard disk is 80 gb ide.When i use the hard disk as the data storage only it shows full 80 gb, and am able to store data properly,except for the pc slows down a bit when this particular hard disk ...
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Problem after Installing Windows (XP or 7) On My Mackbook Pro

I installed Windows 7 (and XP before) on my Mackbook Pro and whenever I boot my Windows and after that boot my OS X my clock shows the wrong time and my login items that I set in the system disappear! ...
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How to know which program or service take long time at and after PC Starting?

I want to identify which program consumes and takes computer resources on a Windows 7 during start up and after logging in, because after I log in my hard disk LED stays lit for almost 5 minutes. I ...
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Boot editing in Windows 7

How do I perform boot editing in Windows 7?
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Disabling required keystroke for boot

My machine is a Dell Precision Workstation 450; it runs great (OS = Windows 7). However, there's one little annoyance about it: whenever I turn on the computer, it makes a loud beep and then requires ...
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How to boot from another computer's hard drive?

Situation: A desktop computer with good hardware resources but very restricted access rights (Linux system). Data on the hard disk is not interesting for us. A notebook computer with old hardware ...
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Computer recognizes harddrive but wont boot

I already have 2 drives in my system, both are seagate 80GB IDE drives. The new one is a WD 320GB SATA. When I plug in the WD drive, I get to the Windows 7 "starting windows" screen then it goes to a ...
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Fedora Autologin in runlvel 3 and Autostart application

I have a single kernel with 2 menu entries in grub like following: Boot(gfx) Boot(text) First entry boot the fedora in graphical mode running the gnome. Second entry boot the fedora in text mode. ...
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Test for bad Motherboard VS bad CPU

I'm working on an HP Pavilion a6300f PC ( http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/product?lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&product=3644689 ) that wont boot up. (no display, no beeps, no lights other than ...
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How to improve boot performance of PCs with Windows OS

Years ago I was using a Microsoft program called BootVis.exe to optimize and improve boot performance of my PCs. It was successful in decreasing the opening time of Windows XP. Now I have machines ...
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Firefox 3.6 so slow to start

This issue is present since Firefox v3.6 and now it's 3.6.6 without any changes. When I start Firefox, it takes more than 5 minutes to start and it kills me. I have the same version at home with more ...
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Can’t install Windows 7 after CPU upgrade

I have been running Windows 7 since release (almost) on an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 no problem. I recently upgraded to a Core 2 Quad 8300. When I tried to boot, Windows did not start and displayed a ...
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Automatically do a “Scan for hardware changes” on startup?

I've got an IDE to SATA adapter that I use for my optical drive. I need to use one because I've still got a couple of IDE-based hard drives that I use, and those obviously connect through and utilise [...
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WinXP Fails to boot. Stops at Checking file system on C: The volume is clean. windows has finished checking the disk

I have a WinXP machine that won't boot after installing the Lenovo ThinkVantage updates (which includes things like WIFI and video drivers). Regular boot hangs just after the WinXP Splash Screen. ...
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Grub 2 removed, Windows can't boot

In all my stupidity I used Windows to reformat my Ubuntu partition and now I can't boot anything. What's the best way to recover my netbook? I'm only able to use a 256 MB flash drive.
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Multiple installs of windows

I have previously had dual installs of win7. 32bit / 64bit. I have uninstalled / removed the harddrive that contained the 32bit now. At startup I still get chose which Win7 you want to boot. Working ...
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Computer won't boot from a bootable DVD

My friend gave me his old computer that used to have WinXP on it. I'm trying to load Win7 on it and I thought there was something wrong because it wouldn't boot off a bootable disc, even though I ...