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Does anybody know where to get buttons that determine which OS your PC will boot. for example if on the outside of your case there were two buttons, one yellow, one blue. When you press the yellow button the PC boots Windows. and when you push the blue button the PC boots Ubuntu. I feel like this idea would save me a ton of time and if anybody knows where to get one please tell me. Thanks. and feel free to comment on ideas too!
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Originally Posted by cvcyclones99 View Post
Does anybody know where to get buttons that determine which OS your PC will boot. for example if on the outside of your case there were two buttons, one yellow, one blue. When you press the yellow button the PC boots Windows. and when you push the blue button the PC boots Ubuntu. I feel like this idea would save me a ton of time and if anybody knows where to get one please tell me. Thanks. and feel free to comment on ideas too!
Not really possible, unless you had a custom switch on one sata port that had buttons that selected a certain hdd.

Not possible at all if you had partitions or etc.
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Conner is right. If you are using two separate HDDs (one for each OS) then you could design a custom switch that when pressed will determine which HDD is connected to the motherboard for booting. I've never seen it done, probably because it is so simple to select an OS to boot in Grub. It would be pretty cool though.
 
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what about if i had a simple 2 option selector and depending on which was it's flipped it would send power to only one HDD when I pushed the Main power switch. I feel like that would work. Any thoughts?
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That sound like a great idea. It should totally work.
Edited by Bit_reaper - 8/9/11 at 1:47am
    
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post #6 of 7
Take it one step further and use a timer like 2 min or so and the apply power to the other drive and that way you can still have access to both drives (if they support hot swap).
Edited by Bit_reaper - 8/9/11 at 1:55am
    
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