Boot (or booting) refers to the action of starting up a computer and getting it to run the operating system.

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Ubuntu won't boot with 4 hard drives

I got two HGST 4TB HDD's for my birthday and I'm trying to put them in my media center which already has a 128GB SSD and a 2TB HDD. The motherboard is an ASRoxk E350M1 which only has 4 SATA headers so ...
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What happens in a ARM based system before the OS is loaded?

What happens in a ARM based system before the OS is loaded and do they have BIOS, drivers, MBR or a different approach instead of these?
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How to install dism through command line in windows 7 by booting from a recovery windows 7 iso in a USB?

Recently I installed a faulty security update (2823324) released by Microsoft http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2839011 . My computer is constantly getting blue screen and restarting. I have tried each ...
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PC won't boot from flash drive after computer hibernated (grub on hdd corrupt too)

I had 3 OS installed: Windows 7 , Fedora 17 and Mageia 2 in my Acer Aspire 4253 laptop. I deleted the partition of Mageia and my grub got corrupted. I didn't have an installation DVD of either Win7 ...
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c000021a BSOD on Windows 7 boot

I guess I can't since I'm getting the error message: The version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with this version of Windows you're trying to repair. Try using a recovery disc that ...
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Making grub boot into chroot directory

I am trying to make grub boot into a chroot directory /slack containing a Slackware Linux installation. This directory was created by issuing the following command: installpkg --root /slack a/*.t?z ...
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An internal, Windows 7 installed drive fails to boot after transforming into external drive

I have installed Windows 7 to my HDD. I also have Ubuntu 14.04 on another partition on the same drive. During boot, via GRUB, I select which one I want to load. Recently, I upgraded my HDD to SSD. I ...
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Boot from CD using UEFI instead of BIOS

I have a Lenovo IdeaPad Y510P. This is my last attempt at recovering my computer, as my recovery partitions are gone and I cannot boot into my computer otherwise. I have Windows 8 x64 OEM installed. I ...
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SSD stays inactive during startup/shutdown

This morning I upgraded my laptop replacing the old 5400 rpm hdd with a new SSD (Kingston v300 480gb). Performance look good, both on benchmarks (crystal disk mark) than on personal feel. I'm ...
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Sometimes I see black screen after windows logo, especially with cold boots

When I'm cold booting from my computer, this happens: Motherboard Logo > Windows 8 loading logo > Black screen. In the black screen, keyboard "num lock" key does not toggle the num lock LED. ...
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Boot USB Tails through VirtualBox?

So I have Tails 1.2 on my USB (Disk 5) and also on a partition (2) on an external hard drive (Disk 4). The USB shows up as 3.75GB and the partition is 6GB. I want to be able to boot either Disk 4 or ...
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What should happen next on init scripts?

I've been using a Linux Mint 13 live system on my memory stick and I decided to put it on my hard drive. It already had several scripts to uninstall software and optimize it, scripts that I had to ...
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How to boot encrypted drive

i have a laptop installed with endpoint security disk encryption. I create a live usb to boot linux, but it doesn't work. Is there a way to boot a usb thumb drive from an encrypted disk? do i need to ...
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Bootcamp is unable to boot Windows 8.1

Ok I've tried the most tactics to this but i am still stuck. I am unable to boot into windows on my Macbook pro 2012. I have been using Parallels lately and for the first time it read that it is ...
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Stuck on GRUB command prompt after regular kernel update

I am running Debian Wheezy. Update Manager suggest to install kernel update. After update, I reboot system but instead of listing all the kernels (bootloader), it gave me a GRUB command prompt: ...
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Why would my notebook only turn on after several attempts?

It was working perfectly fine until I changed it's Celeron processor for a Core 2 Duo today. Now it only turns on 1 out of 5 or 6 attempts. Sometimes at the 1st or 2nd attempt. It's pretty random by ...
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Avoid Windows 8 BCD File becoming missing and/or corrupt

I realise there are plenty of questions about BCD errors here however I feel mine is slightly different. I had a missing BCD file so I couldn't boot. I have now solved this using a question I found ...
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Stuck at GRUB prompt after booting, how can I restore normal booting?

My machine was dual-booting with Windows XP and Fedora, then I tried to install Arch. While installation power went off. After that, booting always results in the GRUB prompt. Even when I instruct my ...
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Extract Samsung OEM recovery from laptop HDD

I have a Samsung NP540U3C with Windows 8. I recovered it to factory condition, booted and it was fine. There were 107 Windows updates so I downloaded and installed them, rebooted and then I was ...
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Why won't my SSD boot when it's cold?

I know that some SSDs rarely have an issue with "cold boots" under certain firmware and software configurations. However in this case I have had two SSDs (different brands) that would literally not ...
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PC won't start unless I reset CMOS

Situation: My PC is dead in the water. Both power buttons (Case/MB) have no effect. If I pull the power cable, reset CMOS, reconnect the power cable, then press either power button the PC fires right ...
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PC reboots after “Welcome to Grub” unless booted from BIOS

I have a Linux machine running on an ASUS P8H77-I. The boot drive is correctly set in the BIOS. If I let it boot normally, I see the Welcome to Grub line, then it reboots, and repeats forever. If I ...
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Dual Boot and Virtualize the Same Partition- Kali Linux in Windows 8

I am trying to virtualize an existing partition, as detailed in this article, as described here in the VirtualBox manual. The Kali install is on a logical partition on the same disk as my Windows ...
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Issue using a “used” SSD as a Windows 8.1 Boot Drive

So, I'm something of a Mac person, but decided to take a stab at this whole "build yourself a PC" thing - right now, the thing is assembled, posts just fine, and can get to the BIOS. The problem is ...
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Computer won't power on

Was working fine for over a year, now won't boot. LEDs on the GFX card and one on the MOBO labeled PWR glow when plugged in, but nothing happens when I push power and shorting switch pins does nothing ...
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Corrupted Windows 8 MBR, recovery disk's repair tools fail

I'm using Windows 8 64 bit on an ASUS N56 Laptop. I was attempting to upgrade to Windows 8.1 and the installation was interrupted. Attempted System Restore, which didn't work. Long story short, I ...
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Why rebooting the system takes longer than a shutdown in fedora?

I'm a fedora (19/ x86-64) user. When I power off the system, it always takes about 3 to 4 seconds to shut down. But whenever I reboot the system, it takes the system much longer (about 30 seconds or ...
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Computer wont finish booting after I install a third graphics card

I'm running xubuntu on this motherboard and three sapphire 7950 graphics cards. The computer boots and works fine when I have just two of them installed, but when I attach the third the computer stops ...
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Uefi and full disk encryption with lvm on luks

I have an asus machine on which i can use old bios and new uefi. I've always used the old bios system, running a full encrypted debian with the following configuration: an unencrypted boot partition ...
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How is /sbin/init found during lilo boot

I just cloned my root partition (in anticipation of a dist-upgrade), changed lilo.conf and fstab (in the cloned partition) and ran lilo. But alas the system won't boot from the cloned partition. I ...
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Installing Windows 8 from USB stick on a computer with only FreeDOS installed

I just bought an Asus G750JX and it has no Windows installed on it only the BIOS. When I open it I get three options: Load FreeDOS with maximum RAM free using EMM386 Load FreeDOS including HIMEM ...
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How to automatically run an app as administrator and make its UI visible to non-admin users under Windows 8

I have found many examples of how to get apps to automatically start and run (without UAC prompting), but have not managed to find one that allows the app's UI to be visible to a non-admin account. ...
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Making sysvinit load EVERYTHING in parallel - why does this even work?

I edited /etc/init.d/rc on my Debian machine and changed startup boot to startup boot &. Boot time decreases ridiculously, and no race conditions happen at all. Way faster than even Systemd (which ...
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BSOD - “replacing invalid security ID with default security ID” - Cannot boot to windows, black screen

I was working away on my computer when it suddenly blue screened. It's maybe done that once many months ago. Upon Reboot it began running checkdisk, moving orphaned files and then it got to this ...
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What is the use of the [BOOT]/Bootable_NoEmulation.img file on several boot images?

I've seen a file called [BOOT]/Bootable_NoEmulation.img on several boot images, and always wondered what it's use is. Neither found a suitable magic number nor could Google help me so I ask here. ...
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CentOS Freezes on Startup

I'm very new to Linux, so please go easy! I created a Linux install on VMWare Workstation 8 in order to install a piece of software called OpenClinica. The program is Java based and depends on ...
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Windows 7 fails to start after shut down

I have Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit on a 2-year old Lenovo SL510 laptop. This is the current issue: Windows fails to start after the computer shuts down. It gets to the Windows logo load screen and ...
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How to recover corrupted Windows XP installation?

I have a Netbook without a CD rom which has been running Windows XP. I decided to install Linux on it to run a dual setup, however that somehow corrupted my Windows installation, probably because of ...
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Keyboard not working in boot menu

I am using an Asus P8Z68-M Pro motherboard and a PS/2 Keyboard. My keyboard does not work in boot menus like when I'm selecting an OS and when selecting which kind of Windows safe mode to use. The ...
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After Windows Update - Cannot Boot in Windows 8 Pro

I have a fresh install of Windows 8 Pro on a new PC and have done for some weeks. On Friday I hit the shutdown option Update and Restart. On the Saturday (yesterday) I turned on my machine to greeted ...
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What is the `/etc/hostname` used/required for?

I found in the /etc/hostname my IP-address, than I deleted it and each time I use sudo - I get a message and a system email sudo: unable to resolve host (none) or if in the /etc/hostname is saved ...
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Windows 7 on bootable flash

I have two quick questions, I used the Windows USB tool to put ISO on my flash drive, but it made me delete everything first. Do you know why this is? Also, once I have Windows on there, is it okay ...
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trouble with startup after power failure

The last few times the power went out I have had trouble restarting. The monitor shows entering power save mode. I then hold the start button in to cold boot. After the flashing amber light goes on ...
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Computer stopped booting after I tried to allocate a drive to unallocated space

I installed Ubuntu on my Windows 7 yesterday and after that I booted to Windows. After that as I saw an unallocated space while installing Ubuntu, I tried to allocate that unallocated space to make it ...
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How to remove “Intel Anti Theft device cannot be detected” error message on boot?

Whenever I boot up the laptop the following error message pop-ups: There is a problem with Intel Anti Theft Device can not be detected* (*not word for word) I believe that Intel Anti-Theft was ...
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Windows 7 EFI Partition Deleted

I converted my Windows 7 GPT disk to dynamic, which resulted in it being unable to boot. So I used EaseUs Partition Master on my second Win 7 installation to convert the disk back to basic. Now, I ...
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Windows Recovery partition unusable after Ubuntu 12.04 install on Eee PC 1005P

Installed Ubuntu 12.04 over the secondary (D:) partition with Grub2 handling multi-boot. Never accessed the 'Recovery' option in the boot menu until Windows7 Starter became unusable due to HDD failure ...
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Lenovo ideaPad s10-2 - Boot.ini numproc

I'm using a Lenovo ideaPad s10-2 with Windows XP Home. What is the default value of numproc under Boot.ini? (run >msconfig >boot.ini) Thanks.
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Some USB drives not showing in BIOS

I have a GA-MA790FXT-UD5P motherboard. I have an old USB drive that it will boot from just fine. I have two (identical) newer ones, but they will not boot. I found out that the newer ones aren't even ...
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What does the linux kernel/initrd loading time depend on?

I recently updated my Linux kernel from 3.1.10 to 3.5.0. Upon booting with GRUB, I noticed that this kernel (or the initial ramdisk?) takes a much longer time to load (~5-6 s vs. ~1 s with the old ...