The layer between your hardware and software. It manages disk input/output, memory allocation, graphic acceleration, hosting device drivers and various other resources.

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OS X 10.7.5 How to stop character input completely

Recently, my one-year-old son started hammering on my keyboard, and now, ever since, I've had character inputs pop up as I type. I cannot tell which language they are for, nor can I tell what letter ...
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Firefox OS (html5,js) vs Android (java) vs IOS (objective-c) In terms of pl and tech use, how can the other is faster? [closed]

How can be one faster than the others, what happens inside their code, is it a matter of the engine they are using? (noob about the gecko, linux kernel thing, educate me) One of the limitations of ...
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Which physical core does the operating system use? [closed]

The operating system needs to be running on one or more physical cores of a multi-core processor, right? Is it possible to identify which those physical cores are using a piece of code?
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Install Mac OS on Macbook Air running only Windows 7

My girlfriends Late 2010 Macbook Air, only has Windows 7 installed on it. I am now taking it over and want to get rid of Windows and only have Mac OS. Problem is all the stuff I can find online, ...
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Is Direct X available for Operating Systems other than Windows?

Is Direct X a software exclusively for Windows? If so which software does the work of Direct X in other OS?
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What is the impact of killing a process on the operating system (Windows and Linux)?

What is the impact of killing a process on the operating system (Windows and Linux)? I have a script that forks some executables and monitors their progress and kill those that exceed certain runtime ...
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Enable to install Linux Ultimate Edition (Ubuntu)

After I deleted Linux partition from Windows 7, I wanted to install a new version Linux Ultimate Edition 3.8 which is based on Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail. So I made a bootable usb, but when I boot ...
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How does windows 8 prevent BIOS access

I am trying to get a better understanding of how BIOS and operating systems work. From what I understand, BIOS is a basic piece of software that is the first thing to be run when a computer turns on ...
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Can a 32-bit system be upgraded to a 64-bit?

The question is fairly self explanatory. I have a 5-year-old computer running 32-bit Windows XP. I have an install disk for 64-bit Windows 7. Can I upgrade my operating system despite the bit ...
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SSH Issue on AIX 6.1

I recently upgraded the openssl version on AIXX 6.1 server. The install went fine. But now I'm unable to start new ssh sessions from puty to the server and I'm getting the error "Connection ...
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Home router/server - hardware & software choice [closed]

I'm looking for new machine to replace my old home router/server (Pentium II 332MHz, 256MB RAM :)) In addition to common router/access-point functions I need: ssh access (from inside and outside ...
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How is the NVRAM/EPROM which contains the firmware placed and used

From this link - Chapter 9, section 9.1.4, it says: The first instruction that is fetched and executed following a hardware reset is located at physical address FFFFFFF0H. This address is 16 ...
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Who loads the BIOS in RAM during computer bootstrap

When the computer starts up, the code in BIOS is executed first. However, how is the code in BIOS loaded into the RAM for execution ? I have referred to this question - Is BIOS read from the BIOS ...
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Bootable hard drive to install Windows XP?

What to write onto hard drive, so that it will be bootable and it will be possible to install operating system (like Windwos XP) from it onto itself? I have old notebook with broken CD-ROM and which ...
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Uninstall Invisible OS (Windows 8 Preview) - Appears in boot

I've been using Windows 7 for three years now with no other operating systems. When the Windows 8 consumer preview came out last year, I partitioned my hard drive to dual-boot Windows 7 and 8. When ...
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Why is not feasible to uninstall an operating system the same way it is installed?

I, as someone that work with IT stuff, am asked every other time to re-install OS's, install OS's and replace OS's. But, why I can't uninstall an operating system within itself? Why they don't include ...
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Why can't computers boot instantly?

Computers have been around for quite some time. So what is stopping us from making computers boot instantly like regular home appliances and other devices? Is it even possible? I know there is ...
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Windows 8.1 installation closes after the windows symbol appears

I downloaded an .iso version of Windows 8.1 from dreamspark (so it's a legit copy). At the moment I have Vista installed on one HDD, and I want to install 8.1 on another. However when I go to boot ...
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How to make the networking between the host and the target?

I installed QNX IDE, Libraries and developemnt tool on Host system and QNX real time operating system is installed as a Target system : the target system runs the QNX Neutrino RTOS itself plus all the ...
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Understand what is happening in Linux with ps, top, and free

I'm running my java program on a 12 cores 24 thread machine. They have several processes that are running simultaneously. It seems that I performed too many processes so that the whole tasks made the ...
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Steps of changing from 32-bit OS to 64-bit and changing RAM?

My laptop is Lenovo T400, whose CPU is 64-bit and RAM is 1x2GB. When I bought it, it already had 32-bit Windows 7. Then I partition the hard drive and install 32-bit Ubuntu 12.04 alongside Windows 7. ...
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Installing Windows 8 with External DVD Drive

I have Ubuntu on my computer, and I have Windows 8 recovery DVDs. I do not have a build in DVD drive on my computer, so I bought an external one. Will the external DVD drive be able to read the ...
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Virtual Machine UEFI can't type “\”

I am trying to install SteamOS in Oracle VirtualBox. I know how to do it but in the UEFI, it won't let me type "\" it lets me type any other character but not this. Any ideas?
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Chrome OS sudo startunity app

I am running crouton unity on a Samsung chrome-book. How do i automate a shell script to start unity into a chrome OS app that I can place on the chrome shelf next to the other chrome apps? i want ...
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Does an operating system intervine after each time slice/quantum?

In the context of process scheduling, does the operating system intervene after each time slice/quantum ends? For example if the computer was idle and 4 tasks arrived : t1, t2, t3 and t4, and they got ...
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Does an operating system itself take up resources (aside from the space it is installed on)?

I just finished a course on operating systems and the definition of an operating system is still unclear to me. Does any operating system itself take up resources such as CPU and memory? For example ...
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Directory and segments in Multics operating system

In Multics OS there are different access rights in the access control list for segments (execute, read and write) and directories (status, append and modify)(book). How do segments correspond to ...
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How can i install visual studio express edition for web in windows vista?

I am using a windows vista operating system. I want to install visual studio express edition for web. But from system requirements i understood that vista doesn't support express edition? what can i ...
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What does gate mean in the Multics operating system?

I read Multics operating system. In the segment descriptor word (book) there is one part for number of gates for the segment. What does gate mean? I know the process can enter a higher-privileged ring ...
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Want to dual boot: Windows 8.1 / Ubuntu 13.10, but can't boot from flash drive and hard drive is reported as “full”

PC won't boot "bootable" flash drives. Hard drive is "full" and "140TB". ⠀Goal: Dual boot Windows 8.1 / Ubuntu 13.10, have functional hard drive Question may {contain, miss} (ir)relevant ...
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Why not create an OS that runs in ram?

this might be the wrong StackExchange site to ask this question, but I couldn't find one better. There doesn't seem to be one for questions about Operating Systems. I've been thinking recently about ...
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How a scheduler is scheduled?

A scheduler being a system program must be scheduled for execution so that it can wake up and schedule other programs. I read about process scheduling and algorithms but couldn't figure out how a ...
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window 7 cannot stop looping for failure configuring windows updates reverting changes

Anyone have this kind of problem before? I shut down my computer and I restart it. I can just see my screen show me about this line" failure configuring windows updates revert changes." After that, ...
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Installing OS on VIDEO hard disks

This is a dumb question since they name these in a confusing way. I am trying to build an surveillance application in Debian platform. Since HDD are categorized in Seagate site like this: Laptop ...
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Temporary operating system from floppy disk

I run Windows on my computer (which has a floppy disk drive and usb ports), and I want to try out a linux operating system. If I modify the BIOS to load from the floppy or usb first which contains ...
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What operating system is recommended for older systems? [closed]

I found an old laptop (MAXDATA ECO 4000A). What operating system should I install to make it run well? I need it for browsing the net only.
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How can I have the Finder in OS-X arrange the results of a file search by folder?

In other words, I'd like to see the containing file directory for every file that is found containing a search term. Thanks!
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What is SYSTAG.BIN on Windows 7?

I have a file named SYSTAG.BIN in my operating system root folder - what is it? is it safe to delete it? (couldn't find info about it on google)
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need to recover deleted partition in windows xp

by mistake i delete 2 the partitions from windows xp , from control panel--> Disk Management. I had very important data in those partitions. I need to recover both the partitions. I need help.
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How to create an operating system on top of Ubuntu 13.10

I want create an operating system the way Mac did, building a program on top of a Unix operating system. I am planning to make a small operating system with a small amount of functions using C. I do ...
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Other OSs where Windows applications can be installed [closed]

Are there any other OSs in which we can install Windows applications—i.e .exe files can be installed? I have used Linux based-OSs like Ubuntu, but many applications that are available for ...
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Can powering off a VM (without properly shutting down) harm the OS?

Powering down a physical PC can potentially cause issues, especially if the hard drive is being written to at the time. Can the same problem occur when I power off a VM in VirtualBox? Every time I ...
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Skip Force Shutdown

When I tell my computer to shutdown it would be nice if it just skipped over the part where it says bla bla bla app is still open. I just want it to automatically force shutdown without asking me.
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What is the actual function of windows services? [closed]

I'm doing a UK A Level IT course and i just wanted to know what the actual function of windows services are. I know they are background processes, that don't need user intervention but what do they ...
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What does an ACPI BIOS configure during boot?

When a PC boots with an ACPI BIOS, what does it exactly do? I understand that the point of ACPI is to allow the OS to control hardware resources and power management but before the OS is loaded ...
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Fax from Mac OS X 10.6 via bluetooth phone?

I have my MacBook Pro with Mac OS X 10.6.8 set up to connect via Bluetooth to my Samsung Galaxy SII phone for file sharing and it works fine. Now, I am wondering if there is a way to use my phone as ...
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Does an improper shutdown cause harm to the underlying OS or hardware?

Does sudden shut down due to power failure do any harm to the underlying OS or hardware ? My laptop's battery is dead, so sometimes due to power failure or due to some other reason there is an ...
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What does it mean if a laptop has been erased but has a Certificate of Authenticity?

I thinking about buying an HP 20-B013 All in One 20" on Ebay, but the description says This All In One is in very good condition. The screen has no marks. The hard drive was erased, so there is ...
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Will applications running in root mode be able to overwrite OS's or other program's memory section?

I read here that any application running in root mode can issue a kernel call and execute in kernel mode. Is is possible that ANY application running in root mode can make a kernel call, go to kernel ...
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Is there fusion drive style solution there for Linux and Windows?

Is there fusion drive style (like in iMac where the SSD acts as storage space rather than cache) solution there for Linux and Windows?