Copyright (c) 2000 by James Su (firstname.lastname@example.org), Lonius (email@example.com) and Christopher Li (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Smart Boot Manager (SBM) is an OS independent and
full-featured boot manager with an easy-to-use
user interface. There are some
The main goals of SBM are to be absolutely OS independent, flexible
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 hard disk!
SBM now supports booting from floppy, hard disk and CD-ROM. There are plans to support ZIP and LS-120 in the near future.
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 me.
The latest stable version is Smart BootManager 3.7 release 1
Read news page for the newest
information about SBM.
Download Smart BootManager at the
Read the documentation for
Only the key features are listed below. There are many others
- Automatically searches drivers and partitions
Smart BootManager can automatically search and locate all the floppy, hard
and CD-ROM drives as well as partitions. It can distinguish whether a
partition is bootable or non-bootable, and only incorporates bootable partitions
into the Boot Menu.
- Powerful Boot Schedule
You can assign a time schedule for each Boot Record (a partition or a driver).
Smart BootManager will boot them automatically at the time specified.
For example, you can schedule your computer to boot Windows 98
at the time when you start work during the week and boot Linux at midnight or during the weekend.
- Booting from CD-ROM
Smart BootManager supports booting from almost all kinds of IDE ATAPI
CD-ROMs, including PCMCIA CD-ROMs. You can let the BIOS boot from C: only and
assign a password for it, then you can boot from CD-ROM with
Smart BootManager. If you have a laptop
with a special PCMCIA CD-ROM which has no support for booting in the BIOS,
Smart BootManager can help you boot from it.
- Swapping driver ID
Smart BootManager can boot most operating systems
from not only the first hard disk but also others. If you have more than
one hard disk in a computer and run different operating systems on each, this feature is very useful.
- Auto Delay Boot
Smart BootManager can boot the default boot record automatically if no
keys are pressed within a specfied delay time.
By combining this feature and the Boot Schedule feature, you can let
your computer boot different operating systems automatically
according to the schedule table.
- Sending keystrokes to the 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 screen elements, such as window colors,
messages, background, font etc. It does not contain any program code, so
you can change Smart BootManager's Look 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 create one
yourself. Read the documentation for details.
- Password protection
You can assign a password for each partition or drive, and also set
a password for administrator. There are three security levels in SBM.
- Y2k bug work-around for old BIOSes
You can set current year in SBM to bypass the buggy old BIOSes' Y2k problem.
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
Smart Boot Manager is 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.
and all the other who helped and supported me in developing this program.