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Plop Boot Manager 5.0 - The Boot Manager


1. Hotkeys - Global keys
                                                                      
2. Main menu
2.1. Main menu hotkeys
 
3. Setup
3.1. Partitions
         Edit label
         Select Device
         Partition ID
         Edit MBR/Import data
         Clear partition data
         Reset changes
 
3.2. Profiles
         Edit label
         Show in main menu
         Linked partitions
         Configure partition entries
         Linked partitions - hotkeys
         Clear profile data
         Reset changes
 
3.3. Boot manager
         Startmode
         Boot countdown
         Edit boot countdown
         Select at start
         Default profile
         Show floppy boot
         Show cdrom boot
         Show usb boot
         Force USB 1.1
         Use Mass Stor Dev
         Text mode after boot
         Graphicmode
         Zoom animation
         Font
         Starfield
         Master password
         Setup password

1. Hotkeys - Global keys

Cursor up/down  Move the bar
Enter  Choose selection
ESC  Close window
CTRL - ESC  Switch to text mode
CTRL - PAGE UP  Switch to higher screen resolution
CTRL - PAGE DOWN  Switch to lower screen resolution
z  Enable/Disable window zoom animation


2. Main menu

In the main menu you see all visible profiles to boot an operating system. You can start an operating system from floppy, cd/dvd, usb or network. You can go to the setup of the boot manager, partitions and profiles. If your bios supports APM, you can shut down your computer.


2.1. Main menu hotkeys

1-9 Boot profile
Quick boot, open a list of all possible hardcoded partitions to boot
Write MBR with the profile settings, but do not boot
Boot floppy
Boot CD/DVD
Boot USB
Network boot

Special additional keys for USB boot:

  • Press SHIFT-u to force USB 1.1

  • Press CTRL-u to wait for a key press before starting the operating system. When a drive was found, then you can press "s" to skip the device or you can boot from the drive.

  • Press ALT-u to wait for a key press before detecting the usb device type. When a device was found, then you can press "s" to skip the device or you can boot from the device when it's as mass storage device.

Difference CTRL-u and ALT-u:
    When you use CTRL-u and the boot manager finds an usb device, then the boot manager identifies it. Because of the stripped down usb implementation, it's possible that the boot manager sometimes hangs on some computers. With ALT-u, the identification of the usb drives happens when you press enter. When you press "s", then the boot manager skips the device and it should not hang.



3. Setup

3.1. Partitions

You can manage your partitions here. The install program creates an entry for all primary partitions it finds. The names are from HDA1 up to HDD4. HD means hard disk. HDA stands for hard disk A and is the first hard disk. The numbers 1-4 are the numbers of the primary partitions.

Notice for linux users: HDA has nothing to do with the devices in linux like /dev/hda.

Edit label

You can change the label for the partition. This label is used in the boot manager. The maximum length is 16 chars.

Select Device

Here, you choose the hard disk of the partition.

HDA = Hard disk 1
HDB = Hard disk 2
HDC = Hard disk 3
HDD = Hard disk 4

Partition ID

There are 2 ways to set the ID of a partition.

1. Enter partition ID

You can enter the hexadecimal value for the partition.

2. Select ID from list

This list has the mostly used partition ID's. If the requested ID is not in the list, then use Enter partition ID.

Edit MBR/Import data

This is used to change the values of partitions in the MBR.

BP means boot manager partition. This values are stored in the boot manager.

P1-P4 this are the current values of the primary partitions in the MBR.

You can edit the hexadecimal values in the partition table. You can select a row with s (select) and paste the values to the row where the cursor is with p. With this function, you can import partition values to the boot manager or change values in the MBR. This can be very useful in emergency cases.

Clear partition data

Clearing the data means clearing of the partition data in the boot manager. The data on the partition itself is unchanged.

Reset changes

Use it if you changed something and you want to restore the whole values of the partition in the boot manager. This is possible until you close the partition edit window.


3.2. Profiles

Profiles are used to start different operating systems from different hard disks and partitions. It's also possible to detect changes in the MBR made by other software and import or forget the changes.

If you have an operating system installed and you install the boot manager, the installer creates a profile to boot the current operating system.

Edit label

You can edit the label of the profile. This label is shown in the main menu. It's useful to use a label to see what operating system is going to boot. The maximum length is 16 chars.

Show in main menu

With this option you select if the profile is shown in the main menu or not. Only visible profiles can be booted. It also has effects on the default profile in the boot manager setup.

Linked partitions

You select from which hard disk, partition and bios device number you want to boot with this profile. You can also select what partitions or cleared partitions should be used for the MBR.

Configure partition entries

There are 3 states for a partition entry

1. a selected partition

Press enter to choose a partition from a list with all partition of this hard disk available from Partitions.

If another software changes this entry in the MBR, the boot manager detects this change at the next startup. You can choose if you want to import the new values or forget them.

2. don't touch

The partition entry in the MBR will not be changed from the boot manager. That is the default setting.

If a software changes this entry in the MBR the boot manager cannot detect this change.

3. cleared

The boot manager set's this entry to 0 in the MBR. An operating system cannot detect that there is/was a partition.

WARNING: if the boot manager has not stored the values of the partition in "Partitions" then you lose the partition values in the MBR and you cannot access the data on the partition. It's possible to restore those values, but it's better, easier and safe to store the values in Partitions.

Partition programs will say this is unallocated space! Do not partition this space! You can lose data if you do it wrong.

Linked partitions - hotkeys

b set boot partition. You select, what partition you want to boot with this profile. The boot manager set a bios drive number automatically. It's possible to change it with another key.

c clear partition. You set this entry to "cleared" and the boot manager clears this entry in the MBR when you boot this profile.

d don't touch. You set the entry to don't touch and the boot manager does not change this entry when you boot this profile.

e edit boot flag. The boot flag has the bios drive number used by the boot sector routine. In some cases it's required to change this value.

r remove boot flag. Here, you remove the boot flag from the profile.

l set logical partition. You can set to boot from a logical partition 1-4 of an extended partition. Change the logical number by pressing "l". L1 = first logical, L2 = second, ...

Clear profile data

You can clear the profile data in the boot manager. The data in Partitions are not changed.

Reset changes

Use it if you changed something and want to restore the whole values of the profile in the boot manager. This is possible until you close the profile edit window.


3.3. Boot manager

Startmode

The boot manager has two modes to start. With the user interface menu and hidden.

For the hidden mode, you have to set the boot countdown and you have to select a default profile. The default profile boots after the countdown. The user cannot see that there is a boot manager in the background. If you want to go into the boot manager, then press ESC.

Boot countdown

You can enable and disable the countdown.

If the boot countdown is enabled, the boot manager waits the given time and starts after the countdown the last used profile or the default profile, depending on your settings.

Edit boot countdown

Choose between 1 and 99 seconds.

Select at start

At start, the boot manager set the bar to the selected option. This works for the hidden start mode too.

You have the following options

1. Last booted profile

2. Default profile

3. Floppy

4. CDROM

5. USB

Default profile

You can select the default profile from a list of all visible profiles.

Show floppy boot

Show the floppy boot option in the main menu.

Show cdrom boot

Show the cdrom boot option in the main menu.

Show usb boot

Show the USB boot option in the main menu.

Force USB 1.1

Use USB 1.1 controller even if there is a USB 2.0 controller.

Mode 1: Ignore the EHCI Controller
Mode 2: Setup EHCI Controller and set all ports to the companion host. Some controllers need this option to force usb 1.1.

Use Mass Stor Dev

Use Mass Storage Device. Boot the X mass storage device that was found. Other devices are ignored.

Text mode after boot

You can select the text mode during the startup of an operating system. Choose between "don't change" and 80x50.

Graphicmode

Select the screen resolution in the boot manager. Choose between text mode 80x50 and graphic mode 640x480, 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x1024.

Zoom animation

Enable and disable the window animation.

Font

Select the boot manager font or the bios font.

Starfield

Enable and disable the starfield animation.

Master password

Setup the master password. Disable the boot manager password protection with an empty password.

Setup password

Setup the setup password. Disable the boot manager setup password protection with an empty password.



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