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Boot sequence

Postby fishphone » Mon Aug 22, 2005 3:40 pm

Is it possible to increase the length of time that my dual boot options screen displays for before booting to the default option? It is set at about 3 seconds after which the default os is booted. If possible how can I do it please?
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RE: Boot sequence

Postby M-Saunders » Mon Aug 22, 2005 3:46 pm

First, find out if which boot loader you're using -- it'll be either LILO or GRUB.

If it's LILO: change to the root user, edit the /etc/lilo.conffile and edit the 'timeout' line to something higher. Then run /sbin/lilo afterwards to update.

If it's GRUB: edit /boot/grub/menu.lst or /boot/grub/grub.conf and change the 'timeout' line.

Next time you boot, it should take as many seconds as you set it to.

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RE: Boot sequence

Postby fishphone » Fri Aug 26, 2005 5:54 pm

Thanks for your advice M. When I try to access /boot/grub/menu.lst using gedit I get an access is denied dialogue. I am the only user of the machine so as far as I know I should have unlimited access. Any ideas please?

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RE: Boot sequence

Postby jdtate101 » Fri Aug 26, 2005 6:05 pm

you need to be root to edit this file
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RE: Boot sequence

Postby fishphone » Fri Aug 26, 2005 6:15 pm

How do I log on as root please? In the terminal window the command line shows osername@localhost. I presume i need to change the localhost bit to root, but forgive me as you can probably tell I am completely new to Linux so not sure how to do this.

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RE: Boot sequence

Postby nelz » Fri Aug 26, 2005 9:11 pm

In the terminal, type:
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su -
[give root password when asked]
gedit /boot/grub/grub.conf


The first command makes you root, everything you do in that terminal is then done as root until you logout (press Ctrl-D).
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RE: Boot sequence

Postby fishphone » Sat Aug 27, 2005 9:13 am

Thanks nelz that worked a treat. Now I actually have enough time to select Linux to boot when I wish. Do you have any recommendations for books on the basics of Linux because I am having 'fun' trying to work out how to do things which seem quite different from my other os (which I daren't mention here!!!)?

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RE: Boot sequence

Postby towy71 » Sat Aug 27, 2005 10:15 am

for a tree killer there is: Linux in a Nutshell I
online try: the Linux documentation project
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RE: Boot sequence

Postby jjmac » Sat Aug 27, 2005 10:23 am

It's ok to mention it if you like, [horrors.png] ;) :)


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RE: Boot sequence

Postby ollie » Sat Aug 27, 2005 10:44 am

In PDF format there is a number of guides at The Linux Documentation Project - Guides that you can download to peruse at one's leisure. You may also be interested in Linux Newbie Administrators Guide.

See you don't have to kill all the koala homes for good learning resources :mrgreen:
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RE: Boot sequence

Postby fishphone » Sat Aug 27, 2005 3:16 pm

Thanks for all the suggestions from the guys down under. Are you watching the cricket?
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RE: Boot sequence

Postby towy71 » Sat Aug 27, 2005 3:23 pm

now that was cruel fishphone ;-) :lol: :oops: hahaha
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RE: Boot sequence

Postby fishphone » Sat Aug 27, 2005 3:44 pm

Well it doesn't happen very often does it? 161 for 4
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RE: Boot sequence

Postby ollie » Sun Aug 28, 2005 2:56 am

They just got told to make the series interesting after the one dayers and first test - something about gate takings, advertising rights, collapse of cricket if they keep beating teams in three days, TV rights (no-one in Australia wanted to broadcast this tour - it's being shown on the 5th (out of 5) free to air channel - the SBS multicultural channel) and other money factors.

At least it is creating some interest in the UK tabloids - they published the picture of the Aussies with handbags - but then to Poms got beat in the final by the same team when it really counted. :wink: :lol:
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RE: Boot sequence

Postby jjmac » Thu Sep 01, 2005 12:16 am

totally random (grin)

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