Not one but two Macs refuse to boot, getting stuck on the grey Apple logo screen. What can I do and what could have possibly caused this?? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11
on Jul 9, 2014 -
I have a laptop (Toshiba A105 S4344) with a windows xp install and a bootable USB clip with Win7 on it. I want to put Windows 7 on the laptop.
If I take the hard drive out then the USB clip boots fine (but has no hard drive to install windows on).
If I put the hard drive in then it runs windows off the HD even though USB boot is ahead of it in the BIOS startup order (and when I put a blank hard drive in then it complained it couldn't find the windows startup files). And when I try and insert the HD after loading Win7 off the USB, the installer can't see the hard drive. I've checked the BIOS and there aren't any secure boot/UEFI shenanigans going on.
I will probably end up burning the win7 install onto a dvd, but does anyone know why the Toshiba would be overriding the boot order?
posted by Sebmojo
on May 12, 2014 -
I am looking for a polishable black workboot, no steel-toe, light weight
, around 6 inch height. I walk between 4 and 10 miles over the course of a 12 hour shift, 5 or 6 days a week. Equal time indoors and outdoors, the weather ranges from snow-sun with a fair number of deluge days, so water proof or VERY resistant is a must. These shoes must fit in with a dress uniform, but I'm working for a railroad, not a bank.
posted by maleru
on Apr 4, 2014 -
I tried to install linux on a win8 laptop and failed although I tried everything to disable UEFI and security boot options in Bios.
So I think there is no solution to install Linux on certain win8 Laptops.
But someone told me of course I can install Linux on any win8 laptops by using virtualbox.
So I'm wondering why can it be done? How exactly is virtualbox/virtual machine works for this issue? can anybody explain this to me in a easy to understand way? Thanks very much.
posted by pack2themoon
on Feb 19, 2014 -
So, I found a short boot I'd love to get
, but nowhere that's stocking it will ship to Greece. Can you either find someplace that will (highly doubtful; I've searched a lot
), or help me find one very, very, very similar? [more inside]
posted by taz
on Oct 26, 2013 -
So, my wife's computer stopped booting the other day. Nothing happening on the monitor, hard drive whirrs away in a repetitive pattern for as long as we want to let it go. [more inside]
posted by Kid Charlemagne
on Apr 3, 2013 -
I have a PCI-E SSD as my boot drive, and a win7-created RAID 1 on two 3TB drives. My boot drive has my user folder on it, but my documents, music, pictures, videos, etc folders shortcut to their respectable folders on the RAID. I would like this to be a full redundancy scheme and it is, but I've run into several nags and I would like to know how to fix them and prepare a fix-it plan before any of the drives fails. [more inside]
posted by ihavearedcouch
on Mar 19, 2013 -
My friend's laptop runs windows 7. After resetting last night she's getting an Operating System Not Found error during boot. Assuming the hard drive hasn't completely failed, what are the best, simplest tools she can use to either fix the problem or at least get her important data off the drive? She has access to another computer with a cd/dvd burner, an 8GB USB flash drive, and blank cds. She doesn't have access to the system restore disc or anything like that. She can get a blank DVD if that's simplest.
I was leaning toward Knoppix as the Linux distribution for a live dvd, but if there's an easier way I'd love to hear it. Thanks.
posted by Green With You
on Mar 16, 2013 -
my computer froze, and when i tried to reboot it, it got to the green suse screen proceeded normally, and then when it went forward, i got an error message that said could not start "kdeinit4. check your installation"
tried to fix it using the protocal i found here
but sitll have the same problems with the error message.
I hadn't plugged in my computer for about 5 months, because I had a laptop, but the laptop is on it's last legs, but it was working pretty well for the last couple of days.
posted by PinkMoose
on Mar 8, 2013 -
Someone recently emailed me trying to track down a short story he remembered reading as a kid (in Johannesburg, 1970). He thought it might be by Roald Dahl. I told him that I'm 99.9% sure it's not by Dahl, just on the basis that I've read everything he ever published. The story sounds interesting though (something about a doll's house and playing God), and I'd like to try to help him track it down if I can. Does it ring a bell for anybody? Plot description follows. [more inside]
posted by web-goddess
on Jan 13, 2013 -
Due to my work laptop dying, I installed the gui on my Ubuntu 11.10 server. No biggie except that it seems to have messed up the video mode. My LCD just displays an error. How can I get around this? [more inside]
posted by tommasz
on Apr 27, 2012 -
Have you used high quality leather work boots (Danner / Hathorn / Wesco) in the snow? With proper care do you find that these boots are adequate for occasional use in snow? [more inside]
posted by jnnla
on Apr 23, 2012 -
Help me diagnose/repair my Toshiba Satellite A355D-S6889.
When I try to boot, I get BOOTMGR MISSING.
When I try to reinstall XP from a CD it seems to start out fine, copying drivers and such, until it gets to the message Starting Windows, at which point I get a blue screen o' death with the code 0x7B which google informs me is a hard disk error. [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference
on Feb 10, 2012 -
Please recommend high-calorie, high nutrition options/meal replacements for a person who has difficulty swallowing. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow
on Dec 21, 2011 -
Which is the exact keyboard-time sequence to switch an Acer Aspire 5920G
to boot from CD
instead of HDD? I need to be guided like a blind. [more inside]
posted by lion
on Dec 11, 2011 -
Yet another Halloween costume question: Lady's mid-thigh pleather semi-rounded toes high heeled (not stiletto) boots with lots of buckles and straps and lacing with some studs. Ideas for a centerpiece for a costume for a guy
? [more inside]
posted by porpoise
on Oct 16, 2011 -
I've 5 HDD and a sixth I'd like to install an image onto in order to install onto another physical computer so it has it's own MBR. [more inside]
posted by prodevel
on Sep 20, 2011 -
Computer appears to be dead. Before I go and replace it, is there anything else I can do to try and bring it back to life? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow
on Sep 9, 2011 -
Help me figure out how to extend the life of my boot laces, which are being damaged/cut-through by my boots' eyelets. [more inside]
posted by hippybear
on Aug 11, 2011 -
I have a pair of Bates EO2268
boots. There's a lot I like about them, but what I don't like is that after running around in them for a day, my feet are killing me. Please recommend alternatives. [more inside]
posted by adamrice
on Jun 1, 2011 -
I have an Ubuntu server. It's a Dell PowerEdge with a PERC 6 RAID controller. I'm trying to get it to boot to a different drive, and grub doesn't seem to be cooperating - it appears to attempt to boot to the correct volume and partition and then bonks out when mounting /proc - what gives? [more inside]
posted by migurski
on Apr 28, 2011 -
Fresh install of Win 7 HP passes flag logo animation but stops at black screen with moveable cursor. Troubleshooting help? [more inside]
posted by alexandermatheson
on Jan 5, 2011 -
I have a problem with Windows 7 startup after I made some hardware changes. The computer won't boot automatically and I'm hoping for some suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Mokusatsu
on Dec 5, 2010 -
Macbook won't boot up. Laptop doesn't get past the chime/blue apple logo boot screen. I need your help Hive! [more inside]
posted by freud
on Nov 27, 2010 -
Does it exist yet? - A ski boot for super wide feet that uses snowboard boot type material on the outside part of the foot, but is hard plastic otherwise? (I have a wide foot and only snowboard boots are comfortable for me) [more inside]
posted by figTree
on Nov 13, 2010 -
Creating a bootable copy of Windows 7 64 bit on a USB drive. [more inside]
posted by 517
on Aug 10, 2010 -
Windows 2000 Server suddenly won't boot, even in safe mode. Any way to get it running for just a few more weeks? Difficulty: No installation disks. [more inside]
posted by gemmy
on Jun 10, 2010 -
I installed a program on my Recently Upgraded Ubuntu OS to help me manage mounting/unmounting various drives plugged into the computer. Big mistake; I've royally messed things up. Now my computer won't mount anything, and so cannot reboot properly. Please help! [more inside]
posted by carsonb
on May 25, 2010 -
Help me boot my computer, please! I'm running XP and my computer will no longer boot even in Safe Mode, after a failed firewall installation. I don't have the XP installation CD (my Windows is definitely legitimate), and worse yet, my CD drive doesn't seem to work. Would booting Unbuntu from a flash drive be my best option? Where can I find non-technical instructions for how to do that? [more inside]
posted by surenoproblem
on Apr 5, 2010 -
My laptop's Vista install is borked and now it won't start up. How can I salvage my data? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van
on Mar 15, 2010 -
Win XP machine won't boot from Win 7 DVD. In fact it doesn't even see any files on it. Other machines have no problem with the Disk. Problem machine can normally boot from that drive. Help me get to Win 7 Nirvana. [more inside]
posted by johnvaljohn
on Mar 15, 2010 -
I think I've covered most everything to diagnose my desktop problems, but still with the same unusual problem(s) [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn
on Jan 13, 2010 -
Does anyone remember this old game that came bundled with windows 95 (or possibly 98)? It involved walking around collecting different boots that let you walk across fire, ice, ect. I think it may have been called something like sim's sims or something like that. Pardon my lack of usable description of the game - I was 6 when I played it, so my memory is a bit fuzzy.
posted by AZNsupermarket
on Jan 11, 2010 -
How do I migrate my boot drive from a traditional hard drive to a *smaller* SSD drive? [more inside]
posted by notsnot
on Jan 5, 2010 -
I would like to make a custom boot disc that is very simple to the user. All it would do is restore an image from 6 DVDs to a hard drive. The only options I would like the user to see is:
1) format drive
2) restore drive
I would like to create this menu and all sub menus that I see fit.
I have seen UBCD but it is too complicated for the people I know. I would like to use Driveimage XML and have it read the discs one at a time to restore the drive.
posted by CodeMonkey
on Nov 30, 2009 -
How do I get a new hard drive, that's been cloned from my primary drive, to boot as the new primary drive? [more inside]
posted by willcosgrove
on Nov 23, 2009 -
Windows XP Home machine goes blue screen on boot. I'd like to fix it without reinstalling. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by DarkForest
on Nov 21, 2009 -
How do I COMPLETELY uninstall Photoshop CS4 to allow me to reinstall it properly? I am debating wiping my master boot sector. [more inside]
posted by Elminster24
on Nov 17, 2009 -