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About Smart Boot Manager
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About Smart Boot Manager

Copyright (c) 2000 by James Su (suzhe@gnuchina.org), Lonius (november@video.mdc.tsinghua.edu.cn) and Christopher Li (chrisl@gnuchina.org)

What is it

Smart Boot Manager (SBM) is an OS independent and full-featured boot manager with an easy-to-use user interface. There are some screen shots available.

The main goals of SBM are Absolutly OS independent, Flexable and Full-Featured. It has all of the features needed to boot a variety of OSes from several kinds of media, while keeping its size no more than 30K bytes. In another words, SBM does NOT touch any of your partitions, it totally fits into the first track (the hidden track) of your harddisk!

SBM now supports booting from floppy, harddisk and CD-ROM. ZIP and LS-120 are planned to be supported recently.

Smart BootManager is totally FREE! So feel free to help us! Or just tell us you are using SBM! You can post your ideas, suggestions and bug reports on our Mailing List, or just mail to me.

Latest stable version is Smart BootManager 3.6 release 4

Read news page for the newest information of SBM.
Download Smart BootManager at download area.
Read the documentation for more help.

Key Features

Only the key features are listed below. There are many other normal features not listed.

  • Automatically Searching Drivers and Partitions
    Smart BootManager can automatically search out all of the floppy, hard and CD-ROM drivers as well as partitions.It can distinguish whether a partition is bootable or non-bootable, and only adds bootable partitions into the Boot Menu.
  • Powerful Boot Schedule
    You can assign a time schedule for each Boot Record (a partition or a driver). Then Smart BootManager can boot them automatically in specified time range or day. For example, you can let your computer automatically boot Windows 98 during the working time of a week, while boot Linux at midnight or weekend.
  • Booting from CD-ROM
    Smart BootManager supports booting from almost all kinds of IDE ATAPI CD-ROM, including PCMCIA CD-ROMs. You can let BIOS boot from C: only and assign a password for it, then you can boot from CD-ROM with Smart BootManager easily, while other guy couldn't. If you have a Laptop computer with a special PCMCIA CD-ROM which BIOS does not support booting from, Smart BootManager can help you make it easy!
  • Swaping driver ID
    With this feature, Smart BootManager can boot most of the Operating Systems from not only the first harddisk but also the others. If you have more than one harddisk, this feature would be very useful for you.
  • Auto Delay Boot
    Smart BootManager can boot the default boot record automatically if non of keys was pressed within a specfied delay time. By Combining this feature with Boot Schedule feature, you can let your computer boot different Operating Systems automatically in according to the Schedule Table.
  • Sending Keystrokes to Operating System
    Smart BootManager can preload some keystrokes into the key buffer before booting an Operating System to control its booting process. For example, you can send Shift-F5 to Windows 98 to let it go into the real DOS mode.
  • Easy Customized Theme file
    The theme file includes all of the screen element, such as window colors, messages, background, font etc. It does not contain any program code, so you can change Smart BootManager's Looking and Feel without recompiling it. Just choose your favorite theme and install it. Smart BootManager now has six themes with different languages, including English, Chinese, Czech, German, Hungarian and Russian. More themes with other languages will be out soon. If there is no theme for your native language, you can do it by yourself, read documentation for details.
  • Powerful Password Protection
    You can not only assign a password for each partition or driver, but also set a password for administrator. There are three security level in SBM, which can make your computer secure and robust.
Windows 9x will overwrite the MBR during the installation, so Smart BootManager will be trashed. But you can backup Smart BootManager to a floppy first (by using the online installation feature), and restore it after Windows 9x has been installed.

Smart Boot Manager is a free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 675 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.



Thanks to:

and all other fellows that help and support me to develop this program.