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舊 2003-04-28, 01:43 PM   #1
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我在dos下執行了Bootstar這個軟體的dos版的程式之後,結果執行到一半就出現錯誤訊息,然後重開機竟然就找不到作業系統!
用開機片開機後使用fdisk才發現.....我原本的Primary Partitions變成無....
而剩的Ext. Partitions所分出的四個logic空間也變0了!!
這是為什麼?要如何救援ㄋ?請各位大大幫幫偶吧!小弟感激不盡!
 
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我執行了bootstar軟體裡的bsdos.exe,至於出現什麼錯誤訊息,我忘了,只記得xxxerrorxx等等類的字串。
 
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拿到別台電腦當第2顆硬碟..看看硬碟的分割磁區有沒有問題...順便備份資料...
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那只好認命吧.....節哀順便......
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BootStar 這個多重開機管理程式可以管理兩種 partition tables,一個是主要的開機紀錄分割表,另一個是 BootStar 的分割表。主要的開機紀錄分割表需要依賴作業系統的配合才能作用,而其最多只能具有4個 primary partitions;而 BootStar 所處理的第二種內部分割表 (其它的程式或作業系統並無法看見) 最多可高達15個,所以將之稱為"BootStar partition table"。

安裝了 BootStar 之後電腦重新啟動,超過四種的開機磁區就會從 BootStar partition table 的開機映像中複製出來取代主要的開機紀錄分割表,而讓使用者可以使用 BootStar 的多重開機功能;所以一旦有了 BootStar 就不需要其它的 partition 分割程式了 (例如:FDisk 或 PartitionMagic)。

BootStar 具有下列的特色:

可同時安裝許多不同版本的 Dos/Windows (3.1x, 9x 及 NT)在同一個或許多不同的硬碟中。
無限制支援所有的作業系統及檔案系統 (例如:Win98 及 FAT32)
獨特的延伸,支援 4 到 15個 primary partitions (Operating systems)
開機時可自由選擇所要啟動開機的分割區或磁碟
可移除、增加及格式化 FAT12、FAT16 和 FAT32 的分割區
使用獨特的防護設計,自訂密碼保護所有的 partitions 而且可以真正的將磁碟隱藏起來。
將所有的 partitions 儲存到一個映像檔 (image) 中
具有 Dos 及 Windows 9x/NT 兩種安裝程式

接下來看一下manual,相信您應可處理這個問題

Copyright &copy; 1997-2002 by Star-Tools GmbH
Star-Tools BootStar
Star-Tools BootStar # 2
Copyright &copy; 1997-2002 by Star-Tools GmbH
Contents
Contents ...................2
Introduction...............5
Short Overview .....5
System Requirements ..........................................................................................................................5
How It Works ........6
How it works (Overview)....................................................................................................................6
Master Boot Record ..........................................................................................................................6
Bootmanager BootStar......................................................................................................................6
Bootprofiles .......7
BootStar Dummies ............................................................................................................................7
Security Features..8
Security Features (Overview)............................................................................................................8
How it works of the Security Features...............................................................................................9
Application of the Security Features..................................................................................................9
Application Examples .............................................................................................................................11
Example for Several Operating Systems............................................................................................11
Example for Ba12
Example for "Local Firewall" ...............................................................................................................13
Example for Virus Protection ..............................................................................................................14
Example Password Protection............................................................................................................15
Example for Training Center...............................................................................................................16
Example for Several Computers.........................................................................................................17
Installation ..............19
Installation (Overview) ........................................................................................................................19
Planning a System ..............................................................................................................................19
Installation on New System.................................................................................................................20
Installation on Existing System ...........................................................................................................20
Installation of New Operating System.................................................................................................21
Partition Types ....22
Configuration of Boot Profiles .............................................................................................................23
Uninstallation ......23
Problems / Solutions ..............................................................................................................................25
Problems (Overview) ..........................................................................................................................25
Problems with DOS / Windows 95/98/ME ..........................................................................................25
Problems with Windows NT/2000/XP.................................................................................................26
Problems with L27
Problems with Hardware.....................................................................................................................28
Problems with Software ......................................................................................................................29
Program..................32
Menu "File"..........32
Open Table......32
Save Table ......32
Open Partition .32
Save Partition ..33
Open Master Boot Record ..............................................................................................................33
Save Master Boot Record ...............................................................................................................34
Build Emergency Disk .....................................................................................................................34
Menu "Edit" .........35
Properties of partition ......................................................................................................................35
Select Partition Type .......................................................................................................................35
Properties of Bootprofile..................................................................................................................36
Edit Security Settings ......................................................................................................................36
Edit Keyboard Buffer .......................................................................................................................37
Star-Tools BootStar # 3
Copyright &copy; 1997-2002 by Star-Tools GmbH
Positions in Master Boot Record.....................................................................................................37
Remove...........38
Formating ........38
Menu "Bootma38
Install Bootmanager ........................................................................................................................38
Uninstall Bootmanager....................................................................................................................39
Opening Message ...........................................................................................................................39
Settings ...........40
Colors ..............41
Night Service ...41
BootStar Pa41
Menu "Windows".42
Bootprofile Table .............................................................................................................................42
Partition Table .42
Extended Partition Table .................................................................................................................43
Menu "Help" ........43
Registration .....43
Command Line O44
Command Line Options (Overview)....................................................................................................44
Script File ............47
Config File...........47
Return Values Using Exitcode ............................................................................................................47
Others.....................49
Shareware (Restrictions) ....................................................................................................................49
Order...................49
Updates...............49
Copyright.............50
Liability / Warranty ..............................................................................................................................50
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)....................................................................................................51
History of De53
Index
Application of the Security Features, # 9
Bootprofile Table, # 42
Bootprofiles, # 7
Bootmanager BootStar, # 6
BootStar Dummies, # 7
BootStar Password, # 41
Build Emergency Disk, # 34
Colors, # 41
Command Line Options (Overview), # 44
Config File, # 47
Configuration of Boot Profiles, # 23
Copyright, # 50
Properties of Bootprofile, # 36
Edit Keyboard Buffer, # 37
Properties of partition, # 35
Edit Security Settings, # 36
Extended Partition Table, # 43
Formating, # 38
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), # 51
History of Development, # 53
How it works (Overview), # 6
How it works of the Security Features, # 9
Star-Tools BootStar # 4
Copyright &copy; 1997-2002 by Star-Tools GmbH
Installation (Overview), # 19
Installation on Existing System, # 20
Installation on New System, # 20
Installation of New Operating System, # 21
Install Bootmanager, # 38
Liability / Warranty, # 50
Master Boot Record, # 6
Night Service, # 41
Open Master Boot Record, # 33
Open Table, # 32
Opening Message, # 39
Order, # 49
Partition Types, # 22
Partition Table, # 42
Planning a System, # 19
Positions in Master Boot Record, # 37
Problems (Overview), # 25
Problems with DOS / Windows 95/98/ME, # 25
Problems with Hardware, # 28
Problems with Linux, # 27
Problems with Windows NT/2000/XP, # 26
Registration, # 43
Remove, # 38
Return Values Using Exitcode, # 47
Shareware (Restrictions), # 49
Save Master Boot Record, # 34
Save Table, # 32
Security Features (Overview), # 8
Select Partition Type, # 35
Settings, # 40
Script File, # 47
Short Overview, # 5
System Requirements, # 5
Uninstall Bootmanager, # 39
Updates, # 49
Star-Tools BootStar # 5
Copyright &copy; 1997-2002 by Star-Tools GmbH
Introduction
Short Overview
The bootmanager BootStar offers you the following functions:
•nSeveral DOS / Windows Versions parallel on one or several harddisks
•nUnlimited support of all operating and all file systems
•nExtension from 4 to 15 primary partitions
•nWhile computer is booting, freely selectable booting from any harddisk / disk
•nDistinctive security features for entire partitions using passwords and "true" hiding
•n鴛rograms for DOS and for Windows
•nIntegrated partitioner with comfortable interface and many additional features
•nmuch more...
See also:
How it works (Overview), # 6
System Requirements, # 5
Security Features (Overview), # 8
System Requirements
In order to be able to use the bootmanager BootStar, you will need an Intel-compatible 80486 PC (or
later model).
All operating systems and all file systems are supported, since the bootmanager's How It Works is not
dependent on the operating and/or file system.
There are two programs: One for DOS (starting with version 4.0) and one for Windows (starting with
Windows 95 / NT 3.51).
See also:
Short Overview, # 5
How it works (Overview), # 6
Security Features (Overview), # 8
Problems (Overview), # 25
Problems with DOS / Windows 95/98/ME, # 25
Problems with Windows NT/2000/XP, # 26
Problems with Linux, # 27
Problems with Hardware, # 28
Star-Tools BootStar # 6
Copyright &copy; 1997-2002 by Star-Tools GmbH
How It Works
How it works (Overview)
The master boot record partition table is a table describing the subdivision of the harddisk into
partitions. This table has been defined since the advent of harddisks during the beginning 1980 and is
absolutely required by all operating systems. This table can encompass up to four primary partitions.
The bootmanager BootStar manages a second partition table internally (invisible to other programs /
operating systems) with up to 15 entries. This table is called the "BootStar partition table".
While the computer is booting, up to four entries are copied by the bootmanager BootStar with the aid
of the bootprofiles. These entries are copied from the internal BootStar partition table to the master
boot record partition table.
The bootmanager is located on the harddisk at the end of the first cylinder ("track 0"). This location is
used by a few harddisks and bootmanagers. Therefore, the capacity of your harddisk is not limited by
the bootmanager BootStar.
Note for the profi mode:
While the bootmanager BootStar is installed, no other harddisk partitioner may be used (e.g.,
FDisk or PartitionMagic)!
See also:
Master Boot Record, # 6
Bootmanager BootStar, # 6
Bootprofiles, # 7
Security Features (Overview), # 8
BootStar Dummies, # 7
Master Boot Record
The master boot record is the first sector on the harddisk.
It contains the "bootstrap." This is a program, which is called by the BIOS to load the actual operating
system.
This sector also contains a description of how the harddisk is divided into separate areas (partitions).
This description is listed in the so-called "partition table." It contains one entry for each partition. The
entry lists the location of the partition on the harddisk and the "type" of this partition.
Due to historical reasons, this partition table can include only four entries.
The format of this master boot record (bootstrap / partition table) is permanently defined and is
absolutely required by all operating systems.
See also:
Partition Types, # 22
Bootmanager BootStar, # 6
Open Master Boot Record, # 33
Save Master Boot Record, # 34
Bootmanager BootStar
Star-Tools BootStar # 7
Copyright &copy; 1997-2002 by Star-Tools GmbH
The bootmanager BootStar is an independent bootstrap program. Thus, it is not dependent on the
setup program running under DOS / Windows. However, it will be generated by this setup program
automatically during installation and written to the harddisk.
This bootstrap (bootmanager) makes it possible to select a bootprofile while booting.
Note for the profi mode:
While the bootmanager BootStar is installed, no other harddisk partitioner may be used (e.g.,
FDisk or PartitionMagic)!!!
See also:
Install Bootmanager, # 38
Bootprofiles, # 7
Master Boot Record, # 6
BootStar Dummies, # 7
Bootprofiles
While the computer is booting, you do not just use the bootmanager BootStar to select an operating
system (or a partition) but rather an entire bootprofile. This bootprofile contains the following settings:
Visible partitions:
You may mark up to four of the fifteen primary partitions as "visible." The remainder will be "truly"
hidden.
Active partition:
You may choose which of the visible partitions should be booted. In this case, it is unimportant which
harddisk contains this partition. It is also possible to boot from disk as an alternative. (An additional
option is to change to booting from disk while the computer is already going through the booting
process.)
Order of the visible partitions:
You may change the order of the partitions. This may be used to influence the drive designation (e.g.:
"C:").
Keyboard buffer:
You may write up to 16 automated keys into the keyboard buffer. This may be used, for example, to
control subsequent bootmanager such as LILO or NTLoader.
Security settings:
You may indicate the following separate entries for each bootprofile:
•nwhether it may also be booted from disk,
•nwhether a password is required for booting, or
•nwhether this bootprofile should be displayed at all.
See also:
Properties of Bootprofile, # 36
Bootmanager BootStar, # 6
Security Features (Overview), # 8
BootStar Dummies
Only while using the profi mode!
During booting entries are copied from the internal BootStar partition table to the master boot record
Star-Tools BootStar # 8
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partition table. The remaining entries of the master boot record partition table are filled with so-called
"BootStar Dummy" entries.
Other partitioners read the dummy entries as invalid values. This prevents for the most part that
unauthorized or inexperienced users apply other partitioners while the bootmanager BootStar is
installed.
Operating systems read the "BootStar Dummy" entries like normal partitions.
If you do not wish the effect of the "BootStar Dummy" entries you can deactivate this via the command
line option. (To protect inexperienced users, this is only possible via the command line option.)
Be aware that other partitioners now have unprotected access to the partition table.
See also:
How it works (Overview), # 6
Problems with Hardware, # 28
Security Features
Security Features (Overview)
The bootmanager BootStar offers your data (partitions) a high level of security.
Standard mode:
Partitions will be hidden by coding the starting sectors. Because of this other programs are able to
see the partition, but they are not able to see the contents (files) of this partition. They are not able to
read the files because the need the corret contents of the starting sectors to know what kind of file
system the partitions contains.
Profi mode:
Due to the extension of the second partition table (BootStar partition table) and the bootprofile
concept, partitions from the master boot record partition table will be deleted.
Since these deleted partitions are no longer listed in the master boot record partition table, they
cannot be seen by other harddisk partitioners either. Thus, they are "truly" hidden. Almost all other
bootmanagers change nothing more than the partition type, which then can be changed back without
any problems; it also means that the partitions are not hidden with only the access being restricted.
(The encoded BootStar partition table is invisible to other harddisk partitioners.)
The visibility of the partitions may be "switched on" using the bootprofiles. These may be protected
individually using passwords, so that no one without the proper password may have access to your
data.
Furthermore, it is also possible to hide bootprofiles, so that these may only be offered after a specific
key combination has been used. Thus, a non-authorized person cannot even detect, whether additional
bootprofiles (partitions) even exist.
Booting from disk may also be permitted or restricted via a password.
The reliability of such a protection and safeguarding of the partitions in the profi mode has a high
rating, since probably only about 1% of all users is able to circumvent this type of password protection.
The protection in the standard mode is also high, because no normal user is able to unhide a hidden
partition.
Star-Tools BootStar # 9
Copyright &copy; 1997-2002 by Star-Tools GmbH
See also:
How it works of the Security Features, # 9
Application of the Security Features, # 9
Bootprofiles, # 7
Properties of Bootprofile, # 36
How it works of the Security Features
The bootmanager BootStar does not protect your partitions but your bootprofiles. The principle applied
is the same as for the distribution of rights on the Internet. There too passwords are required when
registering, with these passwords then referencing certain various resources.
Thus, it follows that if you want to protect a partition on your computer, you have to protect all those
bootprofiles with a password that contain these partitions.
In some cases, a bootprofile is created solely for the system administrator. Such a bootprofile should
be hidden completely. It will be displayed only after a specific key combination (hot key) has been
pressed. This function may be activated separately for each bootprofile.
You should definitely protect the bootmanager BootStar itself with a password, so that none of the
users can view or even change the settings after downloading the program (from the Internet).
See also:
Security Features (Overview), # 8
Application of the Security Features, # 9
Bootprofiles, # 7
Edit Security Settings, # 36
Settings, # 40
BootStar Password, # 41
Application of the Security Features
While booting (after selecting bootprofile), the bootmanager BootStar fills the master boot record
partition table with the partitions to be used.
These partitions are temporarily unprotected, because they can be (and are supposed to be) seen by
all users and operating systems.
In order to protect the partitions again, the entries from the master boot record partition table have to
be deleted again. This can be done in two ways:
1. Booting the computer (partitions are deleted when BootStar is started)
2. Calling the program using "/ClearMBR" (profi mode only)
Operating systems read the partition table only during booting. Therefore, the program may already be
called in the "AUTOEXEC.BAT" file by using "/ClearMBR". The computer will then remain protected if
not newly rebooted.
The booting sequence in the BIOS should always be "HDD, CDROM" and the BIOS should always be
protected by a password. This will prevent that a user does not boot from disk without having
authorization to do so. However, booting from disk may still be possible if you permit it with the aid of
the bootprofiles.
Modifying the booting sequence also ensures that the bootmanager BootStar will always be called and
that the entries from the master boot record partition table are thus deleted. (This is only reliable if the
harddisk will not be taken out of the computer and then reinstalled into another computer.)
Star-Tools BootStar # 10
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See also:
Security Features (Overview), # 8
How it works of the Security Features, # 9
Bootprofiles, # 7
Master Boot Record, # 6
Star-Tools BootStar # 11
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Application Examples
Example for Several Operating Systems
Problem:
Generally, it is possible to install several operating systems on a PC. Unfortunately, it is usually not
possible to choose a specific OS during booting. There are bootmanagers (e.g., integrated into
OS/2), which enable a switch, but switching is rather cumbersome - and they need extra space on
the harddisk. Another problem is the partitioning limitation of the harddisk restricted to only four areas
(partitions). In the end, almost no one is able to start his or her computer from a second or additional
harddisk.
Solution using the bootmanager BootStar:
These three limitations are eliminated by BootStar without any problems: The bootmanager
BootStar enables the user to choose an operating system while the computer is booting by simply
using a menu.
Your choice depends on
•nwhich operating system you want to use
•non which harddisk with
•nwhich partitions.
For example: You can install Windows XP and Linux on your first harddisk without any problems and
at the same time install Windows ME on your second harddisk:
&sup1; : Windows XP file system
&sup2; : Linux file system
&sup3; : Windows ME file system
Which operating system you would like to use can be selected quite comfortably from a menu while
the computer is booting. To change to a different OS, simply restart your computer.
Technical realization:
The realization of the application example listed above is as follows:
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X : Partition visible
A : Partition visible and active (booting from this partition).
&sup1; : Windows XP file system
&sup2; : Linux file system
&sup3; : Windows ME file system
See also:
Example for Backup, # 12
Example for "Local Firewall", # 13
Example for Virus Protection, # 14
Example Password Protection, # 15
Example for Training Center, # 16
Example for Several Computers, # 17
Example for Backup
Problem:
Modern operating systems usually have already integrated backup programs. This, however, can
cause significant problems when restoring data. For example: It is not possible to restore Windows
ME if Windows ME itself is defective.
Backing up data also requires a lot of time during which the computer is not available or only partially
available for other tasks. Most people also lack the necessary discipline to actually perform a data
backup on a regular basis.
Solution using the bootmanager BootStar:
BootStar eliminates this problem by offering the option to install another operating system on your
computer, which will be used exclusively for backup / restore.
This additional operating system can be, e.g., Windows ME. The first installation of Windows ME is
used for "normal" operation, while the second one remains invisible. Use your secondly installed
Windows ME - which can see the first one but does not use it - to backup and/or restore data. Since
you normally would not use the second operating system, this OS will be stable and function properly
at all times, guaranteeing a trouble-fee backup and/or restoration of your data. (Of course, this
process will also work with any other operating system.)
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&sup1; : Windows ME file system
During booting, choose easily from a menu whether you would like to use your computer "normally"
or for the purpose of backup/restore. To change, simply restart your computer.
An alternative is to start the partition to be used for the data backup automatically every night without
user input. Just set the automatic boot option in the BIOS to nighttime. The boot manager program
BootStar is then set to boot the data backup partition at the indicated time (activate night service).
Once the data backup is complete, the computer can then be turned
off again using the program of the boot manager BootStar. This means you will have a fresh backup
of all your data every morning without having to think about it. The drive imaging software DriveStar is
especially well suited to backup data because it works seamlessly with the boot manager BootStar.
Technical realization:
The realization of the application example listed above is as follows:
X : Partition visible
A : Partition visible and active (booting from this partition).
&sup1; : This bootprofile is protected with password
See also:
Example for Several Operating Systems, # 11
Example for "Local Firewall", # 13
Example for Virus Protection, # 14
Example Password Protection, # 15
Example for Training Center, # 16
Example for Several Computers, # 17
Night Service, # 41
Example for "Local Firewall"
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Problem:
The Internet always brings with it the danger that a stranger might view and explore your system and
even copy data from your harddisk. (The manufactures of the leading browsers, Netscape and
Microsoft, had to admit to this security gap repeatedly.)
Solution using the bootmanager BootStar:
Just install another operating system on your computer. For example, a second Windows 95
specifically for surfing the Internet ("Internet access"). While you use this Internet access, your actual
operating system ("normal" operation) together with your personal data remain invisible. However, the
data of the Internet access remain accessible to you during "normal" operation.
Whether you want to use your computer "normally" or whether you want to surf the Internet, you can
choose either option easily from a menu during booting. In order to change your selection, all you
have to do is restart your computer.
Technical realization:
The realization of the application example listed above is as follows:
X : Partition is visible
A : Partition visible and active (booting from this partition).
&sup1; : Both partitions can be of the same type (but do not have to be)
See also:
Example for Several Operating Systems, # 11
Example for Backup, # 12
Example for Virus Protection, # 14
Example Password Protection, # 15
Example for Training Center, # 16
Example for Several Computers, # 17
Example for Virus Protection
Problem:
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Usually you will test a new program once in a while. If this new program contains a virus (or maybe
even a grave programming error), this can mean a lot of trouble for you.
Solution using the bootmanager BootStar:
You can solve this problem in a similar way as the Internet problem: You simply install another
operating system for testing the new software.
If you find a virus, you can normally eliminate it fast and easily with the data security/backup solution.
Whether you just want to try out a new program or want to use your computer "normally", you can
choose either option easily from a menu during booting. In order to change your selection, all you
have to do is restart your computer.
Technical realization:
The realization of the above listed application example is depicted in the following graphic:
X : Partition is visible
A : Partition visible and active (booting from this partition).
&sup1; : The both partitionen could, but don't have to be, get the same type
See also:
Master Boot Record, # 6
Bootprofiles, # 7
Settings, # 40
Example for Several Operating Systems, # 11
Example for Backup, # 12
Example for "Local Firewall", # 13
Example Password Protection, # 15
Example for Training Center, # 16
Example for Several Computers, # 17
Example Password Protection
Problem:
In some companies and private sectors, several users have access to one computer. However, not
every user is supposed to gain access to the data of all other users.
Maybe you would like to ensure safeguarding of your data, even in the case of theft of the computer
(or harddisk).
Solution using the bootmanager BootStar:
The bootmanager BootStar makes it possible for you to protect individual areas of the hard drive
(partitions) by using a password query during the start of the computer. Thus, you can create an
individual partition for every user. Different hierarchical levels can also be created in this connection.
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Maybe you are also familiar with the problem that a self-employed freelancer or entrepreneur wants
to use the computer for his or her work, but at the same time the children of the family want to use
the computer to play games.
&sup1; : This bootprofile is password protected.
Whoever would like to use the computer at the moment only has to select his or her environment
from a menu during booting.
In order to change the selection, the computer just needs to be restarted.
Technical Realization:
The realization of the application example listed above is as follows:
X : Partition is visible
A : Partition visible and active (booting from this partition).
&sup1; : This partition is password protected
See also:
Example for Several Operating Systems, # 11
Example for Backup, # 12
Example for "Local Firewall", # 13
Example for Virus Protection, # 14
Example for Training Center, # 16
Example for Several Computers, # 17
Example for Training Center
Problem:
It is not uncommon that the computers in training centers are frequently used by several courses with
completely different application needs. Some of the participants of training seminars also attempt to
modify or even willfully destroy configurations.
Solution using the bootmanager BootStar:
By using the bootmanager BootStar, the participants can select the environment for their training.
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Thus, the instructors can set up separate configurations for different training courses.
This also offers the option that the participants of one course cannot access and see the environment
of the other courses.
Similarly to the data backup example and/or password example, a configuration can be installed for
the instructors on each system that cannot be used and/or destroyed by course participants, which
allows the restoration of the system.
&sup1; : At least this bootprofile should be password protected and / or hidden.
Now each course participant can easily select his or her training from the menu during booting. In
order to change the selection, the computer just needs to be restarted.
Technical realization:
The realization of the application example listed above is as follows:
X : Partition visible
A : Partition visible and active (booting from this partition).
&sup1; : At least this bootprofile should be password protected and / or hidden
See also:
Example for Several Operating Systems, # 11
Example for Backup, # 12
Example for "Local Firewall", # 13
Example for Virus Protection, # 14
Example Password Protection, # 15
Example for Several Computers, # 17
Example for Several Computers
Problem:
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In larger companies and institutions, it is often necessary to reinstall a series of new computers.
In this case, each computer has to be set up individually "by hand" (a lot of work!), because there is
no software, which automatically creates partitions.
Solution using the bootmanager BootStar:
The program of the bootmanager BootStar can be automated using a so-called "batch
programming" routine, which can also be used to create partitions at the same time.
The computer can be booted from a boot diskette, which triggers this batch program automatically. It
installs all desired partitions and the bootmanager BootStar as well -- if that is desired. It also offers
support for installing operating systems.
This process can be used for any of the application examples.
Technical realization:
The realization of the applicationExample for Several Operating Systems, # 11 listed above is as
follows:
:LABELStart
BSDOS.EXE /Status ; Is BootStar installed?
If Errorlevel 1 Goto LABELClear ; No: Jump
BSDOS.EXE /Uninstall
:LABELClear
BSDOS.EXE /CLEARMBR ; Delete all existing partitions
BSDOS.EXE /Install ; Install BootStar
BSDOS.EXE /Partition:OS2-100 ; Create partition with 100 megabytes
BSDOS.EXE /Partition:Linux- ; Partition with remaining hard drive
BSDOS.EXE /Partition:Win-,HDD2 ; Partition on 2nd Hard drive
BSDOS.EXE /BootProfile:2 ; Activate Linux
See also:
Command Line Options (Overview), # 44
Script File, # 47
Config File, # 47
Return Values Using Exitcode, # 47
Example for Several Operating Systems, # 11
Example for Backup, # 12
Example for "Local Firewall", # 13
Example for Virus Protection, # 14
Example Password Protection, # 15
Example for Training Center, # 16
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Installation
Installation (Overview)
Unzip the file "BootStar.ZIP". It contains the following files:
BSDOS.EXE Program for DOS (starting with version 4.x)
BSDOS.HLP Help file with detailed description for DOS
BSWin.exe Program for Windows (starting with 95 / NT 3.51)
BSWin.hlp Help file with detailed description for Windows
BSWin.cnt Supplement for the Windows help file
FreeDOS.bin FreeDOS binary files
ReadMe.txt Brief description of the bootmanager
Manual.pdf Manual in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format
Order.txt Order form for orders via mail / fax
Both programs are completely compatible. The only difference is the operating system (DOS /
Windows) under which they can be started. All other items (functionality and menu structure) are
completely identical.
After all files have been unzipped, you can start the correct program directly.
However, you should first plan your system well, because it is very difficult to modify the configuration
(partitions) at a later time.
See also:
Planning a System, # 19
Installation on New System, # 20
Installation on Existing System, # 20
Installation of New Operating System, # 21
Configuration of Boot Profiles, # 23
Planning a System
Before you begin with the installation of the bootmanager or operating system, you should think about
how you would like to organize your system:
Most important is here that you will first decide which operating systems you would like to use!
The next step should be determining how much harddisk space is required by which operating system
(size of the harddisk). The manufacturer of the operating system usually already suggests a certain
size, which you should use as your minimum.
It might be beneficial to reserve a part of your harddisk (a partition) to make data available for all or at
least several operating systems.
It is best to leave some part of your harddisk unused (if it is large enough), so that you can use this part
for later extensions.
It is very difficult to reconfigure a system once it has been set up.
Each operating system should have its own partition. You can use the bootmanager BootStar to
manage up to 15 partitions per harddisk.
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It is also possible to boot most of the operating systems from the 2nd harddisk (or higher), so that you
might want to think about which operating system you would like to install on which harddisk. (The
bootmanager BootStar supports up to four harddisks.)
Finally, the last step should consist of deciding which operating system is supposed to "see" which
partitions, and which partitions should be hidden.
Some operating systems have limitations regarding booting and visibility, which have to be observed:
Problems with DOS / Windows 95/98/ME, # 25
Problems with Windows NT/2000/XP, # 26
Problems with Linux, # 27
Some hardware have limitations regarding booting and running the setup, which have to be observed:
Problems with Hardware, # 28
Once you have decided how to set up your system, you should then install the bootmanager BootStar
on the harddisk(s). It is advisable to install the bootmanager BootStar before installing the operating
system(s), so that the separation of the operating systems functions better.
Installation on New System, # 20
Installation on Existing System, # 20
The you need to configure the bootprofiles:
Configuration of Boot Profiles, # 23
Finally, install the operating system(s):
Installation of New Operating System, # 21
Installation on New System
Installing the bootmanager BootStar on a new system is very easy. All you have to do is start the
program. The program will ask you immediately whether you want to install the bootmanager. Answer
with "Yes."
Then you will be asked to build an emergency disk for safeguarding purposes. If a system really is
brand-new and has not been used yet, then this backup is not necessary.
Now you can start the installation of the operating systems.
See also:
Installation (Overview), # 19)
Installation of New Operating System, # 21
Master Boot Record, # 6
Problems (Overview)
Problems with DOS / Windows 95/98/ME, # 25
Problems with Windows NT/2000/XP, # 26
Problems with Linux, # 27
Problems with Hardware, # 28
Installation on Existing System
It is very easy to install the bootmanager BootStar on an existing system: Simply start the program.
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You will be asked whether you would like to install the bootmanager. Answer with "Yes."
Then you will be asked to build an emergency disk for safeguarding purposes. You should seriously
consider doing so, because otherwise you cannot restore your system 100% if any problems should
occur.
After the installation is complete, the bootprofile table will appear. Here you will now need to configure
your boot settings:
Configuration of Boot Profiles, # 23
See also:
Installation (Overview), # 19
Build Emergency Disk, # 34
Installation of New Operating System, # 21
Problems (Overview), # 25
Problems with DOS / Windows 95/98/ME, # 25
Problems with Windows NT/2000/XP, # 26
Problems with Linux, # 27
Problems with Hardware, # 28
Problems with Software, # 29
Installation of New Operating System
If you would like to install an operating system before you install the bootmanager BootStar, you may
disregard the following details!
Installing operating systems after the bootmanager has been installed enables a better
separation among the operating systems.
To install a new operating system while installing the bootmanagers BootStar, please carry out the
following steps:
•nCreate a partition for the new operating system (see also details about the partition types).
•nCreate a bootprofile, which contains nothing but the just created partition.
•nInstall the operating system in this partition.
During the first booting, select the bootprofile using <Ctrl+Enter> to boot from disk. Altenate can
<Shift+Enter> be used for booting from CD-ROM.
•nConfigure the bootprofiles according to your wishes.
If the new operating system is supposed to be installed from CD-ROM without a bootable CD-ROM,
please execute the following steps:
•nInsert a bootable floppy disk with a CD-ROM device driver
•nSelect bootprofile with "<Ctrl+Enter>" (this will booting from the floppy disk)
•nStart the program of the operation system
See also:
Installation (Overview), # 19
Planning a System, # 19
Configuration of Boot Profiles, # 23
Partition Types, # 22
Problems (Overview), # 25
Problems with DOS / Windows 95/98/ME, # 25
Problems with Windows NT/2000/XP, # 26
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Problems with Linux, # 27
Partition Types
Almost each operating system uses its own file system to save its data. Recognition of the file system
is triggered by the partition type. Thus, for each file system, the correct partition type has to be entered.
(In this program, the partition type is indicated using a hexadecimal system.)
The following list can never be complete because every manufacturer of operating systems is basically
able to define his or her own types at any time.
MS-DOS:
FAT 12, partition smaler than 32 MB: Type "01"
FAT 16, partition smaler than 504 MB version higher than 3.3: Type "04"
FAT 16, partition smaler than 2 GB and end not higher than 8 GB: Type "06"
Windows 95:
FAT 16, partition smaller than 2 GB and end not higher than 8 GB: Type "06"
FAT 16, partition smaller than 2 GB and end higher than 8 GB: Type "0E"
Windows 95b OSR 2, 98, ME:
FAT 16, partition smaller than 2 GB and end not higher than 8 GB: Type "06"
FAT 16, partition smaller than 2 GB and end higher than 8 GB: Type "0E"
FAT 32, end not higher than 8 GB: Type "0B"
FAT 32, end higher than 8 GB: Type "0C"
Windows NT:
FAT 16, partition smaller than 4 GB and end not higher than 8 GB: Type "06"
NTFS, start not higher than Cylinder 1024: Type "07"
Windows 2000, XP:
FAT 16, partition smaller than 4 GB and end not higher than 8 GB: Type "06"
FAT 16, partition smaller than 4 GB and end higher than 8 GB: Type "0E"
FAT 32, partition smaller than 127 GB and end not higher than 8 GB: Type "0B"
FAT 32, partition smaller than 127 GB and end higher than 8 GB: Type "0C"
NTFS, start not higher than Cylinder 1024: Type "07"
OS/2:
HPFS; partition smaller than 2 GB and end not higer than 8 GB: Type "07"
FAT 16, partition smaller than 2 GB and end not higher than 8 GB: Type "06"
Linux:
ext2fs, start not higher than Cylinder 1024: Type "83"
Swap partition (should be set up additionally): Type "82"
Extended Partitions:
Normal: Type "05"
Partition bigger than 8 GB or higher than 8 GB : Type "0F"
Other:
If one partition type is not listed here, type "06" is usually suitable for the installation of an operating
systems. The type is often going to be corrected automatically during the installation.
If needed, consult the manual of your operating system to obtain further information and tips.
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See also:
Installation of New Operating System, # 21
Select Partition Type, # 35
Properties of partition, # 35
Problems with DOS / Windows 95/98/ME, # 25
Problems with Windows NT/2000/XP, # 26
Problems with Linux, # 27
Configuration of Boot Profiles
The bootprofiles constitute the individual choices, which are offered to you by the bootmanager
BootStar while the computer is being booted. They contain all information needed for booting.
The minimum amount of information required in these bootprofiles consists of which partition should be
visible and which partition should be the boot partition (disk).
These settings are inserted into the bootprofile table after the bootmanager has been installed.
The bootprofiles can be reconfigured at any time without any problems, so that any extensive
planning ahead of time is not necessary. You probably will change the settings of individual bootprofiles
at one or another or add new ones.
Note for the profi mode:
Please note that some operating systems (e.g., Windows NT/2000/XP and Linux) require the die
exact position of your partition entry in the master boot record partition table. This has to be
configured in the bootprofile under "Positions in MBR."
See also:
Installation (Overview), # 19
Installation of New Operating System, # 21
Bootprofiles, # 7
Bootprofile Table, # 42
Security Features (Overview), # 8
Problems (Overview), # 25
Problems with DOS / Windows 95/98/ME, # 25
Problems with Windows NT/2000/XP, # 26
Problems with Linux, # 27
Uninstallation
The uninstallation of the bootmanager BootStar is as easy as the installation: Just start the program
BSDOS.EXE or BSWin.exe and choose the menu item "Bootmanager / Uninstallation".
A "default" bootstrap is written into the master boot record during the uninstall process.
Note for the profi mode:
Of course, the uninstallation is only possible if not more than 4 primary partitions have been set up.
The reason is that all partitions have to be entered into the partition table of the master boot record.
See also:
Installation (Overview), # 19)
Installation on New System, # 20
Installation on Existing System, # 20
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Open Master Boot Record, # 33
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Problems / Solutions
Problems (Overview)
General:
•nThe bootmanager BootStar is written into the master boot record and the track 0 (first cylinder) of
the harddisk. That is the reason the program cannot be used with other programs (usually also
bootmanagers), which occupy and use the same memory location. The installation in the master
boot record is recommended. The installation in the track 0 is variable.
•nSet the "boot sequence" in the BIOS to "HDD, CDROM, ..." to enable booting from CD-ROM
without problems.
•nFor most operating systems, it might be necessary to set the harddisk in the BIOS to the "LBA"
mode.
•nHard drives, which need a software driver (either because of their size and/or age) usually cannot
be used with the bootmanager BootStar.
•nWhile running Windows the partition Windows has been started can't be modified. The reason for
this is Windows blocked the partition. You can solve this problem by using the DOS version of
this program. Please note that this does not function from within the DOS box offered by
Windows because the same problem would occur.
See also:
Problems with DOS / Windows 95/98/ME, # 25
Problems with Windows NT/2000/XP, # 26
Problems with Linux, # 27
Problems with Hardware, # 28
Problems with DOS / Windows 95/98/ME
General:
•nFor FAT 16 partitions, the maximum partition size is 2 GB.
•nFor MS-DOS up to version 4.x, only one primary partition at one time (bootprofile) may be visible.
(However, it is not a problem to install several.).
•nIt is possible to boot from the 2nd harddisk only if no primary partition is visible on the 1st
harddisk.
•nThe program of Windows 95/98/ME writes over the master boot record during installation. This
damages the bootmanager BootStar. Therefore, after the installation, the file program of the
bootmanager BootStar should be executed in order to correct the error automatically. An
alternative is to call the setup programm of Windows with the option "/ir". In this case the master
boot record will not be overwriten.
Installation starting above 2 GB:
(works only with Window 95 and higher)
•nSet up type "0E" partition.
•nIf other operating systems are to access this partition, type "0E" should perhaps be changed to
"06" after the installation process.
Installation on second hard drive:
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When installing on the second hard drive, the power has to be disconnected to the first hard drive
during the installation process.
An alternative is to "manually" install DOS (with FORMAT, SYS, and COPY).
See also:
Partition Types, # 22
Problems (Overview), # 25
Problems with Windows NT/2000/XP, # 26
Problems with Linux, # 27
Problems with Hardware, # 28
Problems with Windows NT/2000/XP
General:
•nFor FAT 16 partitions, the maximum partition size is 4 GB.
•nWindows NT: It is possible to boot from FAT 16 (type "06") partitions only if the partition starts
before cylinder 1024.
•nWindows NT: Only one Windows NT partition may be visible at any one time (per boot profile).
However, more than one can be installed without any problems.
•nWindows 2000/XP: The program of Windows 2000/XP writes over the master boot record during
installation. This damages the bootmanager BootStar. Therefore, after the installation, the file
program of the bootmanager BootStar should be executed in order to correct the error
automatically. An alternative is to call the setup programm of Windows with the option "/ir". In this
case the master boot record will not be overwriten.
BOOT.INI:
The file BOOT.INI contains the information on which partition Windows NT/2000/XP is installed. In
this case the information concerns the position of the partition in the partitioning table of the master
boot record (empty entries are only counted while bootmanager BootStar is installed). That means
that the master boot record partition table and the file BOOT.INI from Windows NT/2000/XP have to
be in agreement with one another.
The position in the master boot record partition table can be set in the bootprofile ("Positions in
MBR").
The position in the BOOT.INI can be set as follows:
[boot loader]
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Windows NT"
The information specified in "partition(1)" is decisive. If needed, all specifications entered have
to be corrected! The specification for the first partition is the number 1.
If Windows NT/2000/XP is installed after the bootmanager BootStar, then these problems will not
occur.
Note for the profi mode:
While the bootmanager BootStar is installed in the profi mode, empty entries are always counted
as well as along as the "BootStar Dummy" entries are activated. Otherwise, the empty entries are
ignored.
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Windows NT: Installation above 2 GB:
•nTo install above 2 GB, the partition has to be formated (FAT 16) with this program.
•nIDE hard drives with 8 GB and larger are supported without any problems starting with Windows
NT 4.0 - Service Pack 4 (SP4). Contributing to the solution is a new "Atapi.sys" driver. More
information can be found on the Internet at:
http://support.microsoft.com/support.../q197/6/67.asp
Installation on 2nd harddisk:
To install from the 2nd hard drive, the power has to be disconnected to the 1st hard drive. After the
installation of Windows NT/2000/XP is complete, the power is reactivated.
NTLoader:
Windows NT/2000/XP requires the files NTLDR, NTDETECT.COM, and BOOT.INI for booting. These
files are usually located in the same partition, in which Windows NT/2000/XP has been installed.
However, if Windows NT/2000/XP has been installed after another Microsoft operating system (e.g.,
Windows 95/98/ME), these files are located in the partition of the first Microsoft operating system.
If this is the case, you have to copy these files to the Windows NT/2000/XP partition "manually" after
installing the bootmanager BootStar.
See also:
Partition Types, # 22
Positions in Master Boot Record, # 37
Problems (Overview), # 25
Problems with DOS / Windows 95/98/ME, # 25
Problems with Linux, # 27
Problems with Hardware, # 28
Problems with Linux
General:
Linux can only be booted if the partition starts on a cylinder before cylinder 1024.
LILO Keyboard Control:
In order to transfer keyboard entries from the bootmanager BootStar to LILO, it is necessary for
some distributions to build LILO with a specific option. For more details about this subject, please
read then LILO documentation.
LILO Configuration - lilo.conf:
The file lilo.co contains the information on which partition Linux is installed. This information
refers to the position of the partition in the master boot record partition table. (Empty entries are only
counted while the bootmanager BootStar is installed.) Thus, the master boot record partition table
and the file lilo.conf from Linux have to be in agreement with one another.
The position of the respective partition can be set in the bootprofile.
The position of the file lilo.conf can be set as follows:
boot = /dev/hda1 ; IDE harddisk
boot = /dev/sda1 ; SCSI harddisk
The specification "hda1" and/or "sda1" is decisive. If necessary, all entered specifications have to be
corrected! The entered specification for the first partition is a "1".
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Note for the profi mode:
While the bootmanager BootStar is installed in the profi mode, empty entries are always counted
as well as along as the "BootStar Dummy" entries are activated. Otherwise, the empty entries are
ignored.
See also:
Partition Types, # 22
Positions in Master Boot Record, # 37
Problems (Overview), # 25
Problems with DOS / Windows 95/98/ME, # 25
Problems with Windows NT/2000/XP, # 26
Problems with Hardware, # 28
Problems with Hardware
Mainboard ASUS (mainly P2B / P5A):
Problem:
•nThe partition tables contains errors
Solution:
•nBIOS Update
•nRemoving the "BootStar Dummy" entries from the partition table by using "BSDOS.EXE
/Dummies:Off"
Problem:
•nAfter installing the bootmanager BootStar the computer does not boot anymore, also booting
form floppy disk is not possible
Solution:
1. Enter the following onto the BIOS Setup: "LBA" -> "Normal", "Cylinder" -> 100
2. Boot from floppy disk
3. Removing the "BootStar Dummy" entries from the partition table by using "BSDOS.EXE
/Dummies:Off"
4. Enter the original information into the BIOS Setup
SCSI Controller Adaptec 2940 Firmware Version 1.20-1.22:
Problem:
•nThe partition tables contains errors
Solution:
•nDeactivate "Interrupt 13 BIOS Extensions Support" (Harddisks smaller than 8
GigaBytes)
•nFirmware Update to version 1.23 or higher
IOMEGA ZIP Drives and Windows NT
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Problem:
Single error message "Drive not Ready" when starting the prorgam.
Solution:
Select "Ignore." (This prompt is based on a Windows NT bug.)
BIOS with Anti-Virus Options (Almost All BIOS):
Problem:
Warning after which a program tries to modify the master boot record. This is most likely a virus.
Solution:
This might be a message from an anti-virus program: The boot manager BootStar modifies the
master boot record. That is the reason why some anti-virus programs erroneously eport this as a
virus. Please permit the modification because the boot manager program BootStar can otherwise
not be installed.
See also:
Problems (Overview), # 25
Problems with DOS / Windows 95/98/ME, # 25
Problems with Windows NT/2000/XP, # 26
Problems with Linux, # 27
Problems with Software
Other Partitioners such as FDISK and PartitionMagic:
Problem:
•nWhile the bootmanager BootStar is installed in the profi mode, the partition table is considered
"damaged"
1st Solution (Recommended):
Use only the program of the bootmanager BootStar to partition your hard drive.
2nd Solution:
Deinstall the bootmanager BootStar temporarily while using the other partitioner:
1st Deinstall bootmanager BootStar
2nd Use other partitioner
3rd Reinstall bootmanager BootStar
3rd Solution:
Install the bootmanager BootStar in the standard mode.
Problem:
•nWhile the bootmanager BootStar is installed in the profi mode, partitions exist, which are not
described in the master boot record partition table.
Solution:
See above
See also:
How it works (Overview), # 6
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Drive Image Programs Such As Norton Ghost / Powerquest Driveimage:
Problem:
•nWhile the bootmanager BootStar is installed, the partition table is considered "damaged"
1. Solution (Recommended):
Use the drive image programs before installing the bootmanager BootStar. This eliminates these
problems.
2. Solution:
Use the bootmanager BootStar.
3. Solution:
(Temporarily) deactivate "BootStar Dummies":
1. Deactivate "BootStar dummies"
2. Use drive image program
3. Activate "BootStar Dummies" (if desired)
See also:
BootStar Dummies, # 7
Other Bootmanager with Installation in Master Boot Record:
Problem:
The bootmanager BootStar also installs to the master boot record
Solution:
None available: You can only install one program in the master boot record at this time!
Anti-virus Programs:
Problem:
Virus program is reporting a virus in the master boot record for the bootmanager BootStar.
Solution:
Unnecessary: The bootmanager program BootStar changes the master boot record, thus some
antivirus programs erroneously report this change as avirus.
Norton Antivirus
Problem:
Norton Anti-virus reports a "bloodhound.boot" warning for the bootmanager BootStar and the
emergency disk.
Solution:
Unnecessary: This message is only a warning for a possible virus and does not indicate the actual
identification of such a virus.
See also:
Problems (Overview), # 25
Problems with DOS / Windows 95/98/ME, # 25
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Problems with Linux, # 27
Problems with Hardware, # 28
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Program
Menu "File"
Open Table
Program:
Partition table / File / Open...
Bootprofile Table / File / Open...
Extended partition table / File / Open...
You may load the content of a currently visible window (..., table, or opening message) from a
previously created file.
If you load a partition table, the old partition table will be completely overwritten with the new one. In
case you are loading an outdated or invalid partition table, you may use this feature to overwrite
partitions.
An opening message text may be loaded from a normal ASCII file. The tables have to be loaded from
a file previously created with this program.
See also:
Save Table, # 32
Save Table
Program:
Partition table / File / Save Table...
Extended partition table / File / Save Table...
Bootprofile Table / File / Save Table...
You may save the content of a currently visible window in a data file. These files should be stored on a
floppy disk if possible so that continuous access is guaranteed even if you should encounter problems
(with accessing the harddisk).
All files are saved in an ASCII file without any encoding. This means you might want to consider
protecting them from any unauthorized access.
See also:
Open Table, # 32
Open Partition
Program:
Partition table / File / Open Partition...
Extended partition table / File / Open Partition...
You may load the contents of an entire partition from a previously saved file. In this case, the entire
contents of the partition will be deleted and overwritten with the contents of the partition from file.
The partition is selected by making the appropriate choice in the partition table.
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See also:
Save Partition, # 33
Save Partition
Program:
Partition table / File / Save Partition...
Extended partition table / File / Save Partition...
The following settings have to / can be made for each saving:
Name:
Enter the file name.
File Size:
Files of saved partitions can be rather large. It is thus possible to split these files onto several smaller
ones. The split can be carried out either automatically (data volume is full), or you can specify a fixed
file size. The latter is best if, e.g., these files are to be saved on CD-ROMs later on.
Disk Change Prompt:
If the file size has been set manually, all files are usually created in the same directory first and
subsequently distributed to different data volumes. To facilitate this process, the prompt for changing
the data volume can be suppressed.
File Compression:
Since the generated files can easily become rather large, it is frequently recommended to compress
them. A compression disadvantage is the longer program runtime.
If this program supports the logical save of partitions, this process will be activated automatically.
See also:
Open Partition, # 32
Open Master Boot Record
Program:
File / Open Master Boot Record... / nth Harddisk
You may load the content of the master boot record (incl. bootmanager) in its entirety from a previously
created binary file (*.bms). (This file should have been created during installation.)
In this case, you should make sure that the master boot record contains the bootstrap as well as the
partition table and is written in its entirety from the partition table to the file of the master boot record.
Loading an outdated or invalid partition table can result in the loss of partitions.
It rarely serves any purpose to load a master boot record. Should the restoration of the bootstrap be
absolutely necessary, the following process might be helpful:
•nIf needed, uninstall BootStar.
•nSave partition table to file (*.bmt).
•nOpen master boot record.
•nOpen partition table from the file generated above (*.bmt).
See also:
Save Master Boot Record, # 34
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Uninstall Bootmanager, # 39
Partition Table, # 42
Open Table, # 32
Save Table, # 32
Build Emergency Disk, # 34
Save Master Boot Record
Program:
File / Save Master Boot Record... / nth Harddisk
You may save the entire master boot record (incl. any installed bootmanager) to a binary file (*.bms).
This file may later be used to restore the master boot record exactly as it has been saved (e.g., after
the bootmanager has been uninstalled).
The files is saved without any encoding. This means you might want to consider protecting them from
any unauthorized access.
See also:
Master Boot Record, # 6
Open Master Boot Record, # 33
Build Emergency Disk, # 34
Build Emergency Disk
Program:
File / Build Emergency Disk
You can create an emergency recovery disk, which will contain the following:
•nFreeOS
•nProgram (DOS version)
•nMaster Boot Record as binary file (*.bms) for every hard disk
•nPartition table (*.bmt)
•nBootprofile table (*.bmi), if needed
You may use this disk to restore your system if all or part of it has been destroyed (due to a technical
error or by mistake).
Note:
It is not possible to create the emergency disk from the same drive used to start the program! (If
necessary, please copy the program to another drive before building the emergency disk.)
The bootmanager BootStar has no connection with FreeDOS. The bootmanager BootStar does not
use any function or functionality of FreeDOS. FreeDOS will be used only to make the emergency disk
bootable.
FreeDOS is a completely independent and different program.
See also:
Open Master Boot Record, # 33
Save Master Boot Record, # 34
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Copyright, # 50
Liability / Warranty, # 50
Menu "Edit"
Properties of partition
Program:
Partition table / Edit / Properties...
Extended partition table / Edit / Properties... / Selection
The following settings have to / can be made for each partition:
Size:
Size of parition in MegaByte and in per cent
Start:
Beginning of partition
End:
End of partition
Type:
Pressing the button "Selection" offers a list from which to choose the partition type.
Name:
Here you may indicate a name
Changing the ending information is only possible for FAT and expanded partitions. And then only if the
corresponding space is available within the partition.
Before changing the size of a partition, you should - if possible - defragment the partition first. (Sorry,
this program cannot offer a defragmentation function.)
See also:
Partition Table, # 42
Partition Types, # 22
Select Partition Type, # 35
Select Partition Type
Program:
Partition table / Edit / Properties... / Selection
Extended partition table / Edit / Properties... / Selection
A list will offer different partition types. Select the one based on the file system to be used.
You may also select a partition type based on the operating system being used:
Partition Types, # 22
See also:
Properties of partition, # 35
Partition Table, # 42
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Properties of Bootprofile
Program:
Bootprofile Table / Edit / Properties...
You may indicate the following settings for each bootprofile:
Name:
Enter the name of the bootprofile. This name will appear in the bootmanager BootStar during
booting. (The bootprofile may then be selected by either pressing the first letter of the name or by
using the cursor keys.)
Boot Disk:
Enter the drive from which to load using this bootprofile. If you select a harddisk, you have to indicate
which partition should be active as well.
Some operating systems support only the 1st disk and the 1st harddisk. If you would like to boot from
the 2nd harddisk (or higher), most operating systems require that the previous harddisks do not have
any visible partitions.
CD-ROM is only available, if the "BIOS Boot Specification 1.01" is present.
Active:
Indicate the partition from which to boot. (You may only activate "visible" partitions, which are located
on the "boot disk.")
Here you will activate the extended partition and the secondary partition within the extended partition
table in order to boot from a secondary partition.
Visible:
Enter up to four partitions you would like to make visible in this bootprofile. During booting, these
partitions are used by BootStar to enter them into the master boot record partition table. (The reason
for the limitation to only four partitions rests with the master boot record.)
See also:
Bootmanager BootStar, # 6
Edit Security Settings, # 36
Edit Keyboard Buffer, # 37
Positions in Master Boot Record, # 37
Master Boot Record, # 6
Edit Security Settings
Program:
Bootprofile Table / Edit / Properties... / Security Settings
You may indicate the following security settings for each bootprofile:
Password:
Here you may enter a password required for the booting of this bootprofile.
This function may be used to protect partitions by indicating a password for all bootprofiles containing
the partition to be protected.
Booting from Disk:
If you deactivate this option, it will be impossible to boot the selected bootprofile from disk during the
booting process using <Ctrl+Enter> instead of <Enter> from BootStar. With <Shift+Enter> can
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be booted from CD-ROM. This expected the "BIOS Boot Specification 1.01")
Visible Bootprofile:
If you deactivate this option, this bootprofile will not be displayed by BootStar during the booting
process. Only after pushing the "hot keys" will this bootprofile become visible and may then be
selected. (The "hot keys" may be changed in the "BootStar Settings." Usually, <Alt+B>, <Alt+M>
are the "hot keys.")
See also:
Security Features (Overview), # 8
Properties of Bootprofile, # 36
Settings, # 40
BootStar Password, # 41
Edit Keyboard Buffer
Program:
Bootprofile Table / Edit / Properties... / Keyboard Buffer
You may indicate up to 16 characters for each bootprofile, which otherwise would have to be
"manually" selected while booting.
This allows for the integration of subsequent bootmanagers such as e.g., LILO or NTLoader.
Most of the keys may be specified in this field. The remaining keys (e.g., "Enter") may be specified if
you press the "Scroll Lock" key. You may enter all keys until the "Scroll Lock" key has been pressed
again. Bis
(Please note that the American keyboard driver will be used during booting.)
See also:
Properties of Bootprofile, # 36
Positions in Master Boot Record
Program:
Bootprofile Table, # 42/ Edit / Properties... / Positions in MBR
Profi mode only!
It is possible to vary the positions of the individual partitions within the master boot record partition
table. (These settings are reset each time a partition is changed or modified. In that case, it is
necessary to re-enter the settings of the "Positions in MBR".)
This is necessary for some operating systems to ensure that they function properly (Windows
NT/2000/XP and Linux). It might be possible therefore, that these operating systems expect the
partition to be located in the exact same position in the master boot record as before the bootmanager
BootStar had been installed.
For most operating systems, the order of the partition tables also determines the logical drive
designation. This means that the order of the logical drive designation can be modified by changing the
order of the entries in the partition table.
Microsoft DOS/Windows up to 98 always require the following drive letter specification sequence:
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1. Primary, active partition on 1st harddisk
2. Primary partitions on 2nd harddisk according to the "positions in the MBR"
3. Secondary partitions on 1st harddisk according to order on hard drive (cylinder, head, sector)
4. Secondary partitions on 2nd harddisk according to order on hard drive (cylinder, head, sector)
5. Remaining partitions primary partitions on 1st harddisk according to "Positions in MBR"
All additional harddisks are treated accordingly.
See also:
Master Boot Record, # 6
Problems with Windows NT/2000/XP, # 26
Problems with Linux, # 27
Properties of Bootprofile, # 36
Remove
Program:
Partition table / Edit / Remove...
Extended partition table / Edit / Remove...
You can remove an existing partition. This removes the reference pointing to this partition within the
partition table. The used space on the hard disk is thus marked as "free".
See also:
Partition Table, # 42
Formating
Program:
Partition table / Edit / Format...
Extended partition table / Edit / Format...
You can use this program to format a (n existing) partition. A selection of file systems is at your
disposal for this purpose. This list contains only those file systems that can be formatted with this
program.
If you would like to use a different file system, please utilize an external formatting program. Almost
every operating system has such a program included.
Most of the setup programs of operating systems offer the opportunity to format a partition during the
installation process as well.
See also:
Properties of partition, # 35
Partition Table, # 42
Menu "Bootmanager"
Install Bootmanager
Program:
Bootmanager / Install...
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The installation process writes the actual bootmanager to the harddisk. During the process, entries of
the master boot record partition table are copied and entered into the new BootStar partition table and
the bootstrap is overwritten with the bootmanager.
Standard mode:
•n4 primary partitions can be created per hard disk.
•nOther harddisk partitioner may be used while the bootmanager BootStar is been installed.
Profi mode:
•n15 primary partitions can be created per hard disk.
•nNo other harddisk partitioner may be used while the bootmanager BootStar is been installed.
•nThe position in the master boot record may be changed.
You should build an emergency disk while installing the bootmanager. With this disk you are able to
return the system in exactly in the same state like before installing the bootmanager.
The Bootmanager BootStar may be installed separately on every harddisk. If BootStar is not installed
on the first harddisk, the bootprofiles can be selected only through the use of the command line
options.
The Bootmanager BootStar will be installed in the track 0 of the harddisk. You are able to select, if the
installation will be placed in the beginning or in the end of the track 0.
Note for the profi mode:
While BootStar is installed, no other harddisk partitioner may be used (e.g., FDisk or
PartitionMagic)!!!
See also:
Build Emergency Disk, # 34
Partition Table, # 42
Master Boot Record, # 6
Uninstall Bootmanager, # 39
Problems with Hardware, # 28
Uninstall Bootmanager
Program:
Bootmanager / Uninstall...
You can uninstall the bootmanager BootStar only if the BootStar partition table of the corresponding
harddisk does not have more than four partitions. (The reason for this is the format of the master boot
records)
See also:
Uninstallation, # 23
Master Boot Record, # 6
Install Bootmanager, # 38
Open Master Boot Record, # 33
Opening Message
Program:
Bootmanager / Opening Message...
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Here you may specify an opening message (any text), which will be displayed during the booting
process and before a bootprofile is selected.
You can use the text message to present general information or information about the bootprofiles to
the user. You may use about 1 000 characters.
(This function is mainly of interest for computers with different users.)
See also:
Settings, # 40
Colors, # 41
Bootprofiles, # 7
Settings
Program:
Bootmanager / Settings...
Here you may specify some general settings. which influence the functions of the bootmanager
BootStar while booting:
Headline:
Choose, which headline in the bootmenu (selection while booting) is been shown.
Default Choice:
Choose, whether the same bootprofile should always be active or the previously selected bootprofile:
•nAlways the same: The default bootprofile is the one activated in the bootprofile table.
•nPrevious: The default is always the one chosen previously during the last booting.
Bootprofile Selection:
Here you can activate or deactivate the display of the chosen bootprofile.
Hot Keys:
Indicate one or two keys to be pushed to receive a list of the invisible bootprofiles (Security Settings
of the Bootprofiles) and to make a selection.
Auto-boot / Time:
Specify a time after which the auto-boot will start -- if the user does not make a choice. Auto-boot will
boot the active bootprofile.
German Keyboard Driver:
Usually only the American (U.S.) keyboard driver is active when booting the computer. Computers
utilizing a German keyboard should also use the German keyboard driver so as not to confuse users
with an incorrect keyboard layout.
If you do not use an American or German keyboard, please take the missing keyboard driver into
account when assigning passwords and hot-keys in the bootmenu.
See also:
Bootmanager BootStar, # 6
Bootprofile Table, # 42
Edit Security Settings, # 36
Colors, # 41
Night Service, # 41
BootStar Password, # 41
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Colors
Program:
Bootmanager / Colors...
Here you may select the colors of BootStar during booting.
Change the color by first selecting the element color, then the foreground color, followed by the
background color.
Please Note (DOS Version):
You may switch from one field to the next by using the <Tab> key. To chose any color, please use
the cursor keys.
See also:
Bootmanager BootStar, # 6
Settings, # 40
Night Service
Program:
Bootmanager / Night Service...
Here you can specify a time period during which a separate bootprofile is selected as the default
setting in the bootmanager program while your computer is booting. This is very practical if you would
like to perform a specific automated function during the night, such as a data backup, for example.
Activate:
Indicate whether the night service switch is to be activated.
Time:
Indicate a period of time during which the night service switch is to be active.
Bootprofile:
Enter the bootprofile to be selected during the night service.
Backing up data also requires a lot of time during which the computer is not available or only partially
available for other tasks. Most people also lack the necessary discipline to actually perform a data
backup on a regular basis.
See also:
Bootprofiles, # 7
Settings, # 40
BootStar Password
Program:
Bootmanager / BootStar Password...
Here you may protect the entire bootmanager BootStar (incl. all settings) with a password.
If you specify a new password, a perhaps already existing password will be deleted.
Please make a note of this password! If you should forget this password, it will be impossible
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either to start the program or to uninstall BootStar! You are then also longer able to view or
modify the partition information.
There is no master password or something similar to remove the created password. If you
forget the password, the manufacturer/vendor cannot help you!!!
(If a master password would exist, the password protection would be compromised. An individual
verification of the password deletion authorization is not possible because you cannot prove to the
manufacturer that you are authorized to delete the password.)
See also:
Edit Security Settings, # 36
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Menu "Windows"
Bootprofile Table
Program:
Windows / Bootprofile table
You will see the following:
•nThe name of the bootprofile
•nActive Bootprofile ("A")
•nFor each existing partitions:
An "X" means that this partition is visible.
An "A" means that this partition is visible and active (this is the boot partition).
More details are available when editing the bootprofile.
See also:
Bootprofiles, # 7
Properties of Bootprofile, # 36
Open Table, # 32
Save Table, # 32
Partition Table
Program:
Windows / nth Harddisk
This table displays all partitions of the harddisk.
You will see the following:
•nNumber (position) and name of the partition
•nActive partition ("<A>") (only if the bootmanager BootStar has not been installed.)
•nStart / end of the partition (only the cylinder specifications are indicated here. You will receive
information that is more detailed if you edit the respective partition).
•nType of partition
See also:
Properties of partition, # 35
Open Table, # 32
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Save Table, # 32
Extended Partition Table
Program:
Partition table / Window / Extended Partition
You may edit the extended partition table the same way as the partition table.
If you would like to boot from a secondary partition, you have to activate that secondary partition within
the extended partition table; then switch this extended partition from inactive to "active" in the
bootprofile.
Some operating systems do not support booting from secondary partitions at all or only if no primary
partition is visible.
The functionality of the bootmanager, unfortunately, is not available to secondary partitions. The entire
extended partition can be either only completely visible or completely invisible. The selection of the
active partition cannot be set in the bootprofile either.
See also:
Properties of partition, # 35
Partition Table, # 42
Bootprofiles, # 7
Menu "Help"
Registration
Program:
Help / Registration...
This menu item is only in the shareware version available!
Here you can type in your registration key, which you will receive after ordering.
This registration key always consists of an "User-ID" and a "key."
You can register both of the programs (DOS and Windows) as well as the perhaps installed
bootmanager by clicking on "OK." Only after the registration is complete is it possible to use the
program without limitations and/or restrictions.
All future installations performed with this program (EXE file) will be executable afterwards without any
restrictions as well.
See also:
Shareware (Restrictions), # 49
Updates, # 49
Order, # 49
Copyright, # 50
Liability / Warranty, # 50
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Command Line Options
Command Line Options (Overview)
All functions of this program may also be called from within "batch files" using so-called "command
options." This is of special interest to companies that have to perform many installations.
Call:
BSDOS.EXE [/Hidden] [/File[:File]] [/MBR[,HDDn]] [/ClearMBR[,HDDn]]
BSWin.exe [/Partition[:n[,HDDn][=tt|:File]|:[NNN]-[s][,HDDn]|,HDDn]]
[/Install[:Profi][,HDDn]] [/Uninstall[,HDDn]]
[/Status[,HDDn|:File]]
[/Dummies[:On|:Off]]
[/BootProfile[:n|:File]] [/Time[:n|:Off]]
[/Reboot[:n|:Off]] [/Password:PPP[-NNN]] [/?]
/Install
Installs the bootmanager in the standard mode on the harddisk.
Return:
"1," if successful.
/Install:Profi
Installs the bootmanager in the profi mode on the harddisk.
Return:
"1," if successful.
/Uninstall
Uninstalls the bootmanager from the harddisk.
Return:
"1," if successful.
/Status
Indicates whether the bootmanager has been installed on the harddisk.
Return:
If the bootmanger is installed selected bootprofiles; otherwise "0" (zero).
/Status:File
Write the BootStar Options into the file "File". Functions only if the bootmanager is installed.
Return:
"1," if successful.
/MBR
Reinitializes the bootstrap in the master boot record.
Return:
"1," if successful.
/MBR:File
Loads the master boot record.
Return:
"1," if successful.
/ClearMBR
Deletes die MBR partition table(s).
Return:
"1," if successful.
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/Dummies
Shows if the BootStar Dummies are enabled. Functions only if the bootmanager is installed.
Return:
"1," if enabled.
/Dummies:On
BootStar Dummies will turned off. Functions only if the bootmanager is installed.
Return:
"1," if successful.
/Dummies:Off
BootStar Dummies will be turned on. Functions only if the bootmanager is installed.
Return:
"1," if successful.
/Partition
Indicates the partition table.
Return:
Number of existing partitions.
/Partition:n
Activates the n.partition.
This parameter may only be used if the bootmanager is not installed.
Return:
"n," if partition exists.
/Partition:n=tt
Changes the type of the n. partitons.
tt is the type in hex
Return:
"n," if partition exists.
/Partition:n:File
Loads the "n"th partition from the file "file".
Return:
"n," if partition exists.
/Partition:NNN-s
Adds a new partition. For this partition will be added a new bootprofil with only this partition if the
bootmanager is installed.
NNN: Name of the bootprofile
s: Size in megabytes
The "-" have to be given also the "s" is not present.
Return:
Count of partitions after adding the partition.
/BootProfile
Displays the bootprofile table. Functions only if the bootmanager is installed.
Return:
Number of bootprofiles.
/BootProfile:n
Activates the nth bootprofile. Functions only if the bootmanager is installed.
Return:
"n," if the bootprofile exists.
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/BootProfile:File
Loads the bootprofile table from the file "file". All already existing bootprofiles will be deleted.
Return:
Number of bootprofiles.
/Time:n
Indicates in seconds the time that will elapse until booting. Functions only if the bootmanager is
installed.
Return:
Time in seconds (255, if deactivated).
/Time:Off
No automatic booting.
Return:
Time in seconds (255, if deactivated).
/Reboot
Reboots the system (reset).
/Reboot:n
Reboots the system with the nth bootprofile (reset). Functions only if the bootmanager is installed.
/Reboot:Off
Turn off the system (requires "Advanced Power Management V1.2").
Return:
"0", if not successful.
/Password:PPP-NNN
Permits calling the program and, if needed, creates a new password. This command might have to
be issued first!
PPP: Password for this program
NNN: New password for this program
Return:
"1", if incorrect password was indicated.
/Hidden
Suppresses screen output.
Return:
None.
/File[:File]
Reads commands from file. Details in the following section.
Return:
Taken over by last command or "0," if the file "file" was not found.
/?
Displays this help.
Return:
"1", if the bootmanager is active.
The parameter ",[HDD]n" indicates the harddisk.
All entries start with "1" (e.g., 1st harddisk: ",HDD1"; 1st partition: "/partition:1").
The return value "0" (zero) always refers to an error (if not indicated otherwise).
See also:
Star-Tools BootStar # 47
Copyright &copy; 1997-2002 by Star-Tools GmbH
Script File, # 47
Config File, # 47
Return Values Using Exitcode, # 47
Night Service, # 41
Script File
An alternative to indicating all commands in a batch file is the "script file." More details about the
commands can be obtained in the section Command Options. Script files should have the extension
"*.scr." Within this file, all commands written in command option lines are indicated with "/."
Only one command may be written within one line. Commentaries start with ";"
If no file name is indicated, then the file BSDOS.SCR / BSWin.scr will be used.
The command "Hidden" should not be used in the script file, because output will not be suppressed
until this command has been called.
See also:
Command Line Options (Overview), # 44
Config File, # 47
Return Values Using Exitcode, # 47
Config File
It is possible to indicate the settings of the bootmanager and the opening message with configuration
files.
In the file "BS.INI" in the directory where the program is located must be the following content:
[Global]
Autosave=1
All subsequent changes of the settings are written to this configuration file. The opening message is
written to the file "BS.TXT".
See also:
Command Line Options (Overview), # 44
Script File, # 47
Return Values Using Exitcode, # 47
Settings, # 40
Colors, # 41
Opening Message, # 39
Return Values Using Exitcode
The return values within a batch file can be handled as follows:
INSTALL.BAT:
BSDOS.EXE /Install
If Errorlevel 1 Goto NUMBER
Star-Tools BootStar # 48
Copyright &copy; 1997-2002 by Star-Tools GmbH
Echo INSTALL.BAT: Error during installation !
Goto END
:NUMBER
BSDOS.EXE /partition
If Errorlevel 3 Goto LABEL3 ; The sequence must always
If Errorlevel 2 Goto LABEL2 ; view the highest Errorlevel
If Errorlevel 1 Goto LABEL1 ; first!
Echo INSTALL.BAT: No partitions exist!
:LABEL1
Echo INSTALL.BAT: One partition exists!
Goto END
:LABEL2
Echo INSTALL.BAT: Two partitions exists!
Goto END
:LABEL3
Echo INSTALL.BAT: Three or more partitions exist!
Goto END
:END
Additional information about batch programming is listed in the manual of the DOS operating system.
See also:
Command Line Options (Overview), # 44
Script File, # 47
Star-Tools BootStar # 49
Copyright &copy; 1997-2002 by Star-Tools GmbH
Others
Shareware (Restrictions)
Notes for the shareware version:
You may test and evaluate this program free of charge and pass it along to other interested users as
well (without any registration key). Proper and standard use, however, requires a registration of the
program (buying the program). This is valid for the program as well as the actual bootmanager
(bootstrap).
Without a registration key, you can use the shareware version without any restrictions for 30 days.
After the trial period is over, each boot will result in a registration notice being shown on your screen.
With each booting of an unregistered copy, the registration notice will remain on your screen for one
second longer. Example: After the trial time has expired, the 10th booting will result in a ten-second
delay before your system will actually start.
One license is required for each computer using the bootmanager BootStar! If several licenses are
ordered, it is possible to obtain a key for all licenses.
See also:
Registration, # 43
Order, # 49
Copyright, # 50
Liability / Warranty, # 50
Order
Notes for the shareware version:
You can order the shareware version of this program by using the following ways:
1. Using the online shop on the Internet.
2. Using the enclosed order form "ORDER.TXT".
All other ordering details and prices can be found on the ordering form.
Updates of the shareware version may be downloaded from the Internet whenever they become
available. Currently, all updates are free!
See also:
Shareware (Restrictions), # 49
Registration, # 43
Copyright, # 50
Liability / Warranty, # 50
Updates
Updates are very easy: Start the program of the new version. This program will recognize automatically
whether an update of the bootmanager BootStar is required. After a query, it will update the
bootmanager automatically.
Star-Tools BootStar # 50
Copyright &copy; 1997-2002 by Star-Tools GmbH
It can happen that an update of the program does not require an update of the bootmanager. In this
case, only the program has been improved.
Notes for the shareware version:
If you have already registered your copy of the bootmanager, this registration will remain valid even
after the update. However, the program will indicate that it is unregistered. This refers only to the
program and has no effect on the bootmanager.
See also:
Installation (Overview), # 19
Order, # 49
Copyright
Copyright (C) of the bootmanager BootStar rests with:
Postal Mail:
Star-Tools GmbH
Hopfenweg 207
22851Norderstedt
Germany
Internet:
http://www.star-tools.com/
All listed trademarks are property of their respective owner(s)!
This program is delivered together with a limited version of FreeDOS. To be exact, it is possible to
create a boot disk using this program together with FreeDOS. This program does not use any function
or functionality of FreeDOS.
The copyright of this program has no connection with the copyright of FreeDOS. The rights of use of
this program have no connection with the rights of use of FreeDOS.
FreeDOS is a completely independent and different program and is subject to
the general rights of use and the General Public Licenses (GPL).
Source code to FreeDOS is available; either write to us for a copy of the kernel source code that we
used, or visit http://www.freedos.org/ to download the latest version of FreeDOS!
See also:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), # 51
Liability / Warranty, # 50
Order, # 49
Liability / Warranty
If this program is used improperly, it may result in the irretrievable destruction of all data on your
harddisk!
It is thus absolutely necessary to create a backup before using the bootmanager BootStar. According
to the ruling by the district court Konstanz 1 S 292/95 from May 10 1997, daily data backup is
reasonable and can be expected!
Star-Tools BootStar # 51
Copyright &copy; 1997-2002 by Star-Tools GmbH
Thus, any responsibility or liability for any losses or damages is not accepted!
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES!
The purchase of this software is according to the BGB §494 (German Federal Legal Code) a "trial
purchase". This means that the software can be evaluated before the actual purchase. The software
is provided as is without warranty of any kind. Any rights for modifications or follow-up corrections do
not exist.
Should you find any errors, please let our support staff know and we will try to correct the error within a
few days.
Any bug notifications will be rewarded with a free registration key!
The bootmanager BootStar is delivered together with a limited version of FreeDOS.
FreeDOS is a completely independent and different program. FreeDOS is
freeware and does not grant any warranty claims.
More about FreeDOS on the Internet at: http://www.freedos.org/
See also:
Copyright, # 50
Updates, # 49
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Does the bootmanager BootStar support the following operating systems / file systems: XYZ?
Yes, the bootmanager BootStar functions independently from the operating or file systems!
A few operating systems, however, have some limitations, which need to be observed when using the
bootmanager BootStar:
Problems with DOS / Windows 95/98/ME, # 25
Problems with Windows NT/2000/XP, # 26
Problems with Linux, # 27
Is it possible for the bootmanager BootStar to manage the operating system(s) XYZ together
with the operating system(s) XYZ?
Yes, the bootmanager BootStar can manage individual operating systems completely separate.
Therefore, every individual operating system works with every other operating system.
Does the bootmanager BootStar support the XYZ hardware?
The bootmanager BootStar basically supports every Hardware. However, some hardware products
have inherent errors, which become noticeable when installing and using the bootmanager BootStar:
Problems with Hardware, # 28
I have planned to do the following: XYZ How can I realize this using the bootmanager
BootStar?
Star-Tools BootStar # 52
Copyright &copy; 1997-2002 by Star-Tools GmbH
We regret to inform you that we cannot supply individual installation and setup instructions.
Please read the manual of your operating system. Additional problem solutions may be found on the
following pages:
Problems with DOS / Windows 95/98/ME, # 25
Problems with Windows NT/2000/XP, # 26
Problems with Linux, # 27
I have problems with the installation of the operating system(s) XYZ. Can you help me?
We regret to inform you that we cannot supply individual installation and setup instructions.
Please read the manual of your operating system. Additional problem solutions may be found on the
following pages:
Problems with DOS / Windows 95/98/ME, # 25
Problems with Windows NT/2000/XP, # 26
Problems with Linux, # 27
How can I remove the bootmanager BootStar from my harddisk(s)?
Start the program BSDOS.EXE or BSWin.exe and select the entry "Uninstallation" from the
"Bootmanager" menu:
Uninstallation, # 23
I have problems after uninstalling BootStar. How can I get back to the exact same settings I
used before the installation of the bootmanager BootStar?
Most of the time it is sufficient if you activate the correct partition. An alternative is to restore the
safety backup copy, which you created during the installation (*.BMS) on the emergency disc. To
restore call the menu "File," entry "Master Boot Record open".
I have tested the shareware version of the bootmanager BootStar and now would like to
purchase it. How do I do that?
Please use the order form included with the program. All price and delivery information is outlined in
this order form.
As an alternative, you may use an online order form. You will receive your registration key faster that
way.
How do I get updates of the bootmanager BootStar?
Current updates of the bootmanager BootStar are (only) obtainable via the Internet.
What is the cost of an update?
If you are using the shareware version, then the updates are currently free of charge. In all other
cases, please consult your vendor/dealer.
How do I use updates? Do I have to uninstall the old version first?
Star-Tools BootStar # 53
Copyright &copy; 1997-2002 by Star-Tools GmbH
No, all you need to do is start the setup program of the new version. If an update of the bootmanager
is required, this will be recognized automatically and an update is performed automatically as well.
However, this might not always be necessary since some updates are only updates of the setup
program.
Why does the setup program indicate that the program is not registered after I installed an
update, although the bootmanager BootStar does show a registration?
The setup program has not been registered yet. The bootmanager BootStar, however, is still
registered from the time you registered the old setup program.
I have already entered the shareware registration key and still get the shareware notice. What
can I do about that?
Please, enter the registration key once more.
I have lost my registration key of the shareware version. Can you send me my key again?
Unfortunately, we cannot offer this service because the cost would just about equal the cost of a new
order.
Since I have installed the bootmanager BootStar, my virus detection program shows that I have
an unknown virus! Is my hard drive infected?
No! The bootmanager BootStar changes the master boot record. These changes are reported
erroneously by the virus program as a virus.
What happens if I act against all warnings and run another hard drive partitioner such as FDISK
or PartitionMagic while the bootmanager BootStar is be installed in the profi mode?
These partitioners cannot recognize the partitions hidden by the bootmanager BootStar. This means
that those hidden partitions might be destroyed. Other partitioner changes are not recognized by the
bootmanager BootStar, and are thus overwritten by the program using the original values and
settings. This is done on purpose to safeguard the password protection.
I have discovered unknown entries in the master boot record partition table, which are 0 MB in
size. What are these entries?
In the profi mode the bootmanager BootStar uses these entries to try to protect the hidden partitions
from other hard drive partitioners such as FDISK and PartitionMagic.
History of Development
The following overview shows the development history of the bootmanager BootStar:
All versions not listed here contain only very small error corrections or insignificant small changes. As
long as you do not experience any system problems you do not need to update the program.
Star-Tools BootStar # 54
Copyright &copy; 1997-2002 by Star-Tools GmbH
8.0x
Standard mode is available. With this installation mode other harddisk partitioner tools are
allowed to use while the bootmanager BootStar is been installed.
7.5x
Windows NT/2000/XP can be booted from each hard disk without problems.
7.4x
The installation of the bootmanager can be selected at the beginning or at the end of track 0 of the
harddisk.
7.2x
Booting from CD-ROM is possible.
7.0x
The "drive imaging" function (saving a complete partition in a file) was reintegrated.
6.0x
Night Service
5.7x
The "drive imaging" function (saving a complete partition in a file) was moved to the standalone
program "Drive-Imager DriveStar" and significantly improved.
5.4x
Supports up to 8 hard drives.
5.2x
Adapting the changes from 5.1x to the DOS program.
5.1x
Significantly modified look of the Windows program's interface.
5.0x
FAT partitions may be increased or decreased in size.
New FAT may be formated.
The saving of partitions is now much faster.
Saving of FAT partitions is only possible together with the actually used
amount of disk space.
4.6x
Createing an "emergency recovery disk" is possible.
4.5x
Changing the sequence of the bootprofiles are possible.
4.4x
Changing the program name from "Bootmanager BOOTMENU" to "Bootmanager BootStar".
Star-Tools BootStar # 55
Copyright &copy; 1997-2002 by Star-Tools GmbH
4.2x
Command Line Options available in the Windows Version.
4.1x
A freely definable opening message can be displayed while booting.
4.0x
Windows 95/98/ME/NT version of the setup program.
3.7x
Command line options are supported.
Bootprofiles may be hidden.
The contents of entire partitions may be stored as a file.
3.6x
Changes of the partition type are automatically recognized and copied from the MBR to the BootStar
partition table.
BootStar's colors may be changed.
3.5x
Secondary partitions (logical drives) are supported.
3.3x
Harddisks larger than 8 gigabytes are supported.
3.2x
The positions of the partition entries within the master boot record partition table can be selected as
desired.
3.1x
The bootprofiles can fill the keyboard buffer.
Selection of bootprofiles in BootStar by typing in first letter.
3.0x
Extension to cover four harddisks.
2.9x
Password protection for the setup program.
2.8x
Implementation of the password protection.
Implementation of the checksum function for master boot record.
2.5x
Improved input of bootprofiles.
2.3x
Implementation of the uninstall function with default bootstrap.
2.2x
Internet distribution with homepage.
Implementation of a demo version with limited trial run time.
Star-Tools BootStar # 56
Copyright &copy; 1997-2002 by Star-Tools GmbH
2.0x
Implementation of additional partition table:
Extension to cover 15 primary partitions.
Implementation of bootprofiles to select an entire partition table.
New user interface for setup program.
1.7x
Implementation of being able to boot from 2nd disk (B.
1.6x
Saving of old selection and implementation of the auto-boot function without keyboard.
1.4x
Implementation of booting from 1st disk (A.
1.2x
Selection of active partition using a selection menu (with cursor keys).
1.1x
Input function to edit partition table.
1.0x
First functional version, selection of active partition by using a numerical key.
See also:
Updates, # 49
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