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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Partitioning a hard drive

Is there a way to split a hard drive into more than 4 primary partitions? I am installing multiple OSs, and it would make life a lot easier if there was a way to do this. My hard drive is 1TB.
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Linux distribution detection with Nmap

When I run Nmap with OS detection it delivers the kernel version of the Linux host instead of the name of the Distribution. Nessus does Os detection based on banners ...
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How is system call executed [closed]

From the point of view of application programmer the system call is just invocation of a procedure from wrapper library. As I don't have good knowledge of assembly I was wondering how it is done on ...
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Why cant you install operating system onto RAM [duplicate]

Why cant you install an operating system onto RAM ?? I know RAM is temporary memory and this memory will be lost when the power is switched off so cant the computer like save the state of the ...
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One machine on network wont load our website

There is one machine on my network that can not access one of our websites! Chrome just idles for a while then says "Oops can't connect", similar behavior is observed in other browsers too. Nslookup ...
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Delete all login.keychain files

Does anyone know a way to script the deletion all login.keychain files from all user directories on Mac OS X? This is a lab environment bound to AD, and when a user changes their password, without ...
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Spec for spec speed differences between specific and generic hardware setups

John Carmack tweeted: For the same given paper spec, a console will deliver twice the perf of a PC, and a PC will deliver twice the perf of a mobile part. Normally this is the sort of claim I ...
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Compiling OS from source

I downloaded the Python OS source code (the compiled ISO torrent didn't work) and I got a bunch of folders with makefiles and things in them. I'm trying to figure out a way to run this preferably on a ...
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what OS to use when it comes to iTunes usage on virtual machines?

I'm interested in building a machine to VM iTunes to data wipe iPhones as part of recycling process. Now I was wondering which OS (mac/windows) would have iTunes run as it best performance wise? Also ...
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Load an remote Operating System to the local machine to work like local operating system

Could anyone of you suggest some method(idea) for loading an OS from a remote server to the local machine hard disk. Please see the scenario here, for more clarification. Imagine one guy has his own ...
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What's the best way to set up a fresh OS install?

My computer is deathly slow so I'm reinstalling Windows 7. However, I'd like to know the best way to set up the file system. Previously, I just installed it and used it. I was told by a friend that I ...
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An operating system wasn't found

When I boot my computer, it boots fine. When I restart it though, I get the following error: An operating system wasn't found. Try disconnecting any drives that don't contain an operating system. ...
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My computer creates a hidden file with a .file extension for every song or image file and the file seems to be hidden.

I came to know that my computer is creating a hidden file automatically. Having a .file extension for every image or song file. I Don't know why, Can anyone fix this problem? Thanks.
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What *exactly* happens when I insert my USB into a computer? [closed]

What exactly happens when I insert my USB into a computer?
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Windows 7 will start from the first installation settings in every startup

I will install windows 7 with all programs and updates and profile settings. But later in every restart I want to make windows start with the first clean installation. Because my mom and dad will use ...
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Is having more CPU cores a better thing for running a web server?

I was reading about how User threads are mapped to kernel threads on Wikipedia. From this article I understand that FreeBSD uses the 1:1 (Kernel-level threading). So each User thread created by the ...
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Why can't computer detect the lack of floppy drive?

I have a question that I had been wondering about ever since my first OS freeze due to an attempt to read a floppy from a drive that doesn't exist. Why do operating systems even try that? Isn't it ...
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Am I using the Linux or Ubuntu platform?

I am not sure if this question goes here, but I was wondering about the relationship between Linux and Ubuntu. I read on-line that Ubuntu is a "flavor" or "variation" of ...
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Tool to remove windows system, and other program files from old backups

I had a habit of copying everything when I backup my old computers in the past, system files and all. The whole volume. I recently purchased a new hard drive (my 4th 500 GB drive). Now all 4 of them ...
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Windows 8 app does launch but does not work

I have windows 8 and when I installed it, All apps works fine. But yesterday when I ran every apps (also Windows Store), it will launch(i.e it will show in left sidebar of windows) but after showing ...
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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 ...