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Unbelievable Double Mac OS disaster(TM)

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 - 7 answers

Old Toshiba laptop won't boot to USB with HD installed

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 - 3 answers

Polishable, 12-hour, workboot

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 - 9 answers

Why virtualbox can overcome win8 UEFI issue to install Linux?

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 - 9 answers

Shopping Detectives, find this boot or one similar? (Shipping problem)

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 - 5 answers

Something wrong with the wife's computer. But what?

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 - 2 answers

Backup an image of a boot drive to a RAID 1 & perform restoration?

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 - 6 answers

Laptop Gives Error: Operating System Not Found

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 - 11 answers

Linux Error

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 - 3 answers

Looking for short story about a doll's house and a man playing God

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 - 5 answers

Need cute boots for my narrow feet and narrow calves

Recently stumbled on this years ago question about a search for boots with narrow calves. I have this problem too! [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Jun 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Boot ubuntu to the commandline

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 - 14 answers

Leather Boots...IN THE SNOW?

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 - 8 answers

What should I try next?

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 - 8 answers

Option other than Ensure

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 - 22 answers

Which is the exact keyboard sequence to switch an Acer Aspire 5920G to boot from CD?

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 - 6 answers

These boots are meant for....

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 - 23 answers

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.

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 - 11 answers

Are these boots legit?!

Ralph Lauren Sahara burnished calf boot - $150 at DSW. Any info? [more inside]
posted by leedly on Sep 11, 2011 - 5 answers

A HD is probably an important part...

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 - 13 answers

Take These Broken Laces And Help Me Tie Again

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 - 16 answers

Install your own OS on a VPS?

VPS providers that allow you to install the OS from ISO? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi on Jul 4, 2011 - 5 answers

I want a new pair of boots.

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 - 8 answers

How to get my Dell Ubuntu server to boot from a different drive?

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 - 21 answers

Gateway laptop won't boot

My Gateway MT3422 laptop suddenly won't boot. Please help me figure out what to do. [more inside]
posted by Anatoly Pisarenko on Feb 14, 2011 - 7 answers

Troubleshoot black screen & cursor Windows 7 installation

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 - 10 answers

Boots gone bad

Is there a way to self-repair some leather soled cowboy boots? [more inside]
posted by chickaboo on Jan 3, 2011 - 4 answers

Best way to mask/obliterate brand logo on black rubber rain boot?

What's the best way to mask/obliterate brand logo on black rubber rain boot? [more inside]
posted by parsley7 on Dec 13, 2010 - 14 answers

Can I fix a non-starting PC?

How do I figure out why my computer won't start? [more inside]
posted by monkey closet on Dec 13, 2010 - 12 answers

Windows not booting up after hardware change.

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 - 5 answers

Macbook Won't Boot

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 - 18 answers

Boots for Hawaii?

Looking for a light-weight men's hiking or athletic boot. [more inside]
posted by fifilaru on Nov 25, 2010 - 9 answers

A hard shell ski boot - that is soft (not plastic) on the outside foot part?

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 - 5 answers

Boot Camp Hell

Mac OS X 10.6.3 and Windows 7 not getting along in Boot Camp. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Sep 18, 2010 - 9 answers

Driving something with a boot the size of my thumb.

Creating a bootable copy of Windows 7 64 bit on a USB drive. [more inside]
posted by 517 on Aug 10, 2010 - 8 answers

Help get my Windows 2000 Server running for just a few more weeks

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 - 4 answers

Mount Fail, help me climb it.

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 - 6 answers

These boots are made for walking long distances uphill through mud

What are your favorite rubber boots for hiking? [more inside]
posted by pemberkins on Apr 11, 2010 - 4 answers

How can I boot my computer?

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 - 7 answers

How can I salvage my data from a Vista laptop that won't boot?

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 - 5 answers

Where are thou, Win 7?

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 - 17 answers

My quadcore is running like a Pentium 2

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 - 4 answers

Does anyone remember this old game that came bundled with windows 95 (or possibly 98)?

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. Thanks! -Charlie
posted by AZNsupermarket on Jan 11, 2010 - 6 answers

Boot Migration to a smaller SSD?

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 - 6 answers

Brown Men's Dress Boots

Metafilter Personal Shopper: Men's Dress Boots [more inside]
posted by saladin on Dec 2, 2009 - 8 answers

This disc was made for bootin'

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 3) exit 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. Any suggestions?
posted by CodeMonkey on Nov 30, 2009 - 8 answers

My Dream Dual Boot Netbook

Help me build my perfect netbook! [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge on Nov 26, 2009 - 15 answers

Cloned drive won't boot

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 - 8 answers

Help me debug this bluescreen.

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 - 20 answers

Help me get Adobe out of my boot sector!

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 - 14 answers

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