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

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Add a program the autorun list on Windows Vista

I am wondering: how can I make sure some programs are started on the Vista startup? Most programs offer this service themselves, but what about programs that don't? How can I make them launch at ...
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init.d script not executing?

I have a script on ubuntu that I put in /etc/init.d. It has 0755 permissions, and I can run it manually both executing it and sourcing it, with good results. I have symlinks in both /etc/rc3.d and ...
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EEEPc Won't boot/load BIOS and not responding to common fixes [closed]

My EEEPc 900HA has been experiencing this exact problem: http://wiki.eeeuser.com/bugfixes:fixbios And it is not responding to any of the suggested fixes (except the one about jumping the jumpers, ...
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Dell 926 printer keeps machine from booting

I've discovered that a Dell 926 printer, keeps my mom's Dimension 4200 from booting. If the printer is plugged in via USB, then the machine will not even post. As soon as I unplug the printer, the ...
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At what time did my Windows XP machine come out of hibernation?

I usually look at the event log to find out at what time I switched on my computer. I look for the entry saying "The Event Log service was started". I use this to record in-out times at office. These ...
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When installing Windows 7, CDBOOT error 5 appears: Cannot boot from CD; why?

I am installing Windows 7 on an old machine. I can not even get it to boot. I get this error message: CDBOOT: Cannot boot from CD - Code: 5 Boot Failure from Previous Device.. Boot Failure from ...
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Boot VHDs using only the Windows 7 Bootloader

Currently it is possible to boot into a VHD by configuring the boot manager of Windows 7 once it has been installed. Is it possible to use only the boot loader from the install disk to boot into a ...
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Ubuntu Forced fsck on boot fails

fsck has lots of errors reading block 24251xx (attempt to read block from filesystem resulted in short read) while getting next inode from scan. Ignore error (y)? Force rewrite (y)? Sometimes ...
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How to deal with Gentoo failing to boot due to “Locking type initialisation failed” on checkroot?

My system is Gentoo Linux based booting off an LVM based root partition. The system successfully boots through the initrd. It starts the init of the main kernel, but then fails when trying to check ...
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How to boot a Linux live USB on a Mac?

I have a USB stick with a Fedora 11 live environment on it. It's booting fine on 3 PCs where I've tried it. But I can't get it to boot on a Mac (Intel). When pressing the alt key (or command key, I ...
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My xubuntu 9.04 laptop won't boot properly

What steps can I take to determine the cause of the failure? It's a dual boot system. I can boot into windows fine. I can boot Xubuntu using the recovery image though it is very very slow and it ...
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Network booting a Mac OS install image

I've got a HP Mini 1000 that I'm attempting to turn into a Hackintosh. At the moment I don't have an external drive handy, so I'm trying to be clever. Basically, is there some way to take a bootable ...
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Dial PPPoE connection on Windows startup

Is there a way to automatically dial a PPPoE connection on startup? In Mac OS X, this is done automatically after login. It was also possible in Windows XP: when creating a new connection, it also ...
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My EEEPc 900HA won't turn on/boot. Can it be fixed or does it need to be sent in?

My EEEPc 900HA stopped booting up out of nowhere. It went to sleep and when I went to wake it up, it wouldn't wake up. I powered down and went to power back up, but no go. The power light comes on ...
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Configuring BIOS to boot from disk drive before hard drive

How do I configure BIOS to have a higher boot priority from my disk drive than from my hard drive? If there is no disk, will it boot from my hard drive instead? Thanks, I am trying to run Ubuntu off ...
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Get rid of boot priority changed press f1 to continue message

When I boot up my computer and my phone is charging or something via usb, a message comes up that forces me to press f1 to continue, due to the boot priority changing. I'm on a nforce 750i motherboard ...
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How do I fix a boot process that broke because of a failed hard drive? (Windows 7)

I used Windows XP for years, before I was able to get my hands on Windows 7 RC, which I bought a new HDD for, and setup to dual-boot. About a month ago, Windows XP started acting funny, and I thought ...
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Repair grub mbr and /boot using ubuntu 9.04 live CD

I have broken my boot sequence on my XP/Vista/Ubuntu box. I wish to restore the system back to the way that Ubuntu 9.04 (last installed OS) had it setup. I want to do only the mbr and /boot on the ...
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Why does the “Logon Help” dialog show up on every boot?

Every time I boot Windows XP Professional on my notebook, the Logon Help dialog (the one which tells you how to press Ctrl-Alt-Delete) automatically opens. How do I disable this? This did not always ...
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Laptop locks quickly on boot

I have a laptop that will occasionally boot, but not often. Usually it locks shortly after starting the boot process. It does have diagnostics in it (in the cmos setup) which say the hard disk and ...
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Can Apple Macintosh computers boot from a USB volume?

Can I attach a USB external drive to a Mac and boot from it? Specifically, will I be able to install Snow Leopard from an external USB DVD drive on a modern Intel Macbook?
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Installing Windows 7 on a dual boot machine

My current setup is a dual boot of XP and Ubuntu 9.04. Installed Ubuntu after XP and dual booting with GRUB. I want to install Windows 7 now to make it a triple boot system without disturbing my ...
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Start Windows Application whenever Windows is Started

Is there anyway to start a windows application whenever windows is started ( i.e., when the OS loads but before I log in)?
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Intermittent boot failure now has become permanent

I hope this is not an inappropriate forum. I have a bootup problem that has me stumped. I have a desktop (Compaq Presario SR1750NX, AMD Athlon 64, Asus ABAE-LE motherboard, onboard ATI Radeon Express ...
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Creating USB Disk from bootable CD

I have a recovery CD ISO image. As my CD drive is not working, I was wondering whether I can create a bootable pen drive out of that?
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Windows Vista doesn't boot; file header checksum does not match the computed checksum?

Right out of the blue, my wife's Sony Vaio stopped booting. This, not so fun, error message displays immediately after POST: The system cannot boot. The file is possibly corrupt. The file header ...
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Switch on the computer automatically

Is there any way to switch on the computer automatically at a specific time. Is there any BIOS clock trigger mechanisms available to switch on automatically. EDIT: I have a Dell Inspiron laptop. Does ...
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add files to a bootable dvd

I have a restore cd image that is roughly 200mb. The restore cd takes a disc image and copies it back unto a hd. I would like to put my 3gb image with it and hope it is found. How do i modify an iso ...
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“Start up” launching two instances of same program

I wrote a simple Windows program and put it in my "Start up" folder on the start menu. But when Windows starts up, it always launches it twice. I get two instances of my program and I always have to ...
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Is there a way to start applications / services prior to Windows logon?

This is something that has always been bothering me. Booting up my computer or laptop is simply a waste of time and I often use this time to get myself a drink, setup / clean my work environment, ...
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Blinking dash when booting Windows 7 on Eee

I just got a new faster SSD for my Asus eee 900 and figured I'd take the opportunity to try Windows 7 on it. I did the magic to get the install DVD to a usb-stick and it installed just fine. However, ...
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Why does my windows 7 install(s) randomly use the vista startup screen?

It seems that in a few of several windows 7 installs i've seen so far, it will use the vista startup screen as opposed to the new windows 7 one. Nothing else is wrong, it just uses the old one. Why ...
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problem booting crusty old windows XP

I have an acer aspire laptop running Windows XP home. I believe I have some virus on it, I'm not sure--I mostly just run linux in a VM on it so I wasn't too worried. I'm not sure if that virus caused ...
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Why is my PC boot time slow when USB HDD attached?

I have a USB Hard disk that I am using as a secondary drive just for extra storage. When this is attached and I start my PC the second screen says searching for mass storage dives for about 5 minutes ...
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How can I make programs start at startup in Windows Vista?

I have some programs I use a lot and would like them to start when I login to Vista. How can I make a program start when I login to Windows Vista?
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How do you disable the Windows Vista startup sound?

The sound when vista starts up is starting to annoy me, also when I am going to a lecture I forget to turn the volume down and the sound attracts a lot of attention. Is there any way to turn it off?
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Which virtual machine can boot from USB drive?

There are any desktop (not hipervisor) virtual machine software able to boot from USB drive? Which one and how?
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Boot Priority - OS in two disks

I have a two hard drives Disk1 and Disk2. I backed up the C Drive of my Disk1 using backup software and restores that to Disk2. Now I have two active partitions, one of each drive. Which one ...
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How to start nvidia driver in console?

I've downloaded and installed latest NVIDIA driver from nvidia.com. Video card works silently in X session. But when I work in console without starting X, video card fan makes a lot of noise. Seems to ...
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Kubuntu loading screen in Ubuntu

Long ago I was impressed with KDE4 screenshots and installed kubuntu-desktop on my Ubuntu. After a while I was tired of it, it's just too overloaded and Ctrl+Alt+Scroll doesn't work so I removed it. ...
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XP Home boots faster than XP Pro?

I've just installed a fresh copy of Windows XP Professional on my EEE PC 1000H, configured everything drivers/patches etc. and noticed the killer bootup time is now gone! So I was wondering wether XP ...
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Skype doesn't auto-run at startup

I'm running Vista SP2 and Skype 4.1.0.141. I have "Start Skype when I start Windows" checked, but it's still not starting automatically. Is this a Skype bug, or something I can track down myself? ...
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How do I allow programs that require admin rights to run at startup in Vista [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Elevated Priviliges for Startup Applications in Vista I have several monitor/profile apps set to run at startup (Logitech Hardware stuff) that require elevated ...
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Why is the brightness always set to the lowest value on my iMac G5 at startup?

When I turn my iMac G5 on the brightness is always down and I have to turn it up every single time. I have looked all through System Preferences and I cannot find any setting related to this. Is ...
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Create pendrive installer for Windows 7 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to install windows 7 RC from a USB disk? How can I create a pen drive installer for Windows 7 OS from the installation DVD (in fact I have iso). I have tried it many ...
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Disable USB drives during boot up?

I have 2 external USB harddrives that are on/active during the boot process. I believe that Windows7 is looking at those drives while booting, which is causes bootup to take longer. Is there a way ...
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Unable to boot from windows 7 dvd

I'm trying to install windows 7 on my computer. I've downloaded the boot image from microsoft and burned it to a dvd The dvd is not a valid boot device in my computer. I've tried the dvd on several ...
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Why would my computer screen just say NO VIDEO INPUT after installing new RAM?

I have a asus p5b mx motherboard and just put in two 2GB pc2-5300u-555 chips. Now when I turn on my computer: keyboard lights flash normally "NO VIDEO INPUT" just floats around the screen I just ...
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Windows XP startup profiling?

My Windows XP computer is suffering from slow boot times, and although I use the free Quick Startup utility to enable only the programs I want, I still need to know which programs take the longest ...
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Stop programs from starting up automatically on boot on Windows

Is there an easy way to prevent programs (Such as Logitech and Windows Live) from starting up automatically when I turn on my computer? I rarely use these, and each time I start my PC, I have to ...