Thursday, February 21, 2013

Plop Boot Manager v5.0

Plop Boot Manager v5.0




he Plop Boot Manager is a small program to boot different operating systems. The boot manager has a built-in ide cdrom and usb driver to access that hardware without the help/need of a bios. You can boot the operating systems from hard diskfloppyCD/DVD or from USB. You can start the boot manager from floppy, CD, network and there are many more ways to start the boot manager. You can install the boot manager on your hard disk. There is no extra partition required for the boot manager.

If your PC or Laptop is old and  doesn't support USB Booting you can use this tool to boot and install OS from a bootable USB drive. 
If your old PC Bios supports  USB 1.0 or USB 1.1 and you are installing OS through a pendrive then the process will be very slow.  In other words if you have USB 2.0 hardware BUT a USB 1.1 BIOS, you may want to try PLoP. This also speeds up the BIOS USB speed on some computers. Some computers only run at USB 1.1 speed during the boot process even though they have USB 2.0 capability. But PLoP loads a USB 2.0 driver that is used instead of the USB 1.1.

  • USB boot without BIOS support (UHCI, OHCI and EHCI)
  • CD/DVD boot without BIOS support (IDE)
  • PCMCIA CardBus support to enable boot from USB PC-Cards
  • Floppy boot
  • Different profiles for operating systems
  • Define up to 16 partitions
  • No extra partition for the boot manager
  • Hidden boot, maybe you have a rescue system installed and the user should not see that there is another system installed
  • Boot countdown
  • Hide partitions
  • Password protection for the computer and the boot manager setup
  • Backup of partition table data
  • Textmode user interface 80x50
  • Graphical user interface 640x480, 800x600, 1024x786, 1280x1024
  • MBR partition table edit
  • Start of the boot manager from harddisk, floppy, USB, CD, DVD
  • Starting from Windows boot menu
  • Starting from LILO, GRUB, Syslinux, Isolinux, Pxelinux (network)
  • It can be used as PCI option ROM in your BIOS
  • Access the whole USB hard disk (up to 2TB) even when the bios has a 128 GiB limit
  • You can run the boot manager over the network
  • Start the networkcard bootrom from the boot manager to boot from the network

http://www.plop.at/en/bootmanagers.html

http://www.plop.at/en/bootmanager/download.html



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There is also a tool which make use of Plop and can do the whole process more easily. Visit the following site for more details :

http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/140412-release-siginets-plop-usb-boot-manager-installer/

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