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Old 08-25-2011, 06:55 PM   #1
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Two basic key things I'm working on as newbie with Debian....


Hello dear friends of the community. I need some help with two things that don't allow me to have my Debian O.S. fully working.

#1 I can run Compiz Fusion and Emerald but not from the beggining of each session, I must start it doing click to Fusion Icon and then Reload Window Manager.

#2 When I restart my computer it restarts only the system not the computer so I can't see the grub to chose whether I want to load Windows 7 or Debian (I need to shutdown my computer if I want to enter to Windows). Is it like this always or it is a little inconvenient that everyone has when you also use Windows?

If you need me to tell you any information that you require in order for you to can help me then just ask for it.

Cheers.
Fernando.
 
Old 08-25-2011, 07:21 PM   #2
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Can't help you on 1), but for 2) you need to dive into the BIOS of your machine. Look up in the manual how you enter the BIOS itself when the PC starts. Usually it's the Del, Esc or F1 key, should be mentioned in the manual of the mainboard. Have a look at the various BIOS settings, one of them should disable the big logo before booting. Disable that, if not already, then save the settings and exit. Instead of the pretty (?) logo (tastes differ ) you should now see the POST messages scrolling by, followed by the Grub menu. Talking of which, you should check what value the "timeout" variable has in the menu.list file (found in /boot/grub). If it's anything less then 5 seconds, edit the file (as root) and increase the value to 5 or higher if you want/need more time. While you're at it, also check in that same file if there's an entry for Win-OS: you can't boot it if it's not there... If it isn't, invoke, still as root, the command
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update-grub
That should detect any other OS installed on your machine and provide a suitable entry in the Grub menu
 
Old 08-25-2011, 08:05 PM   #3
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Can't help you on 1), but for 2) you need to dive into the BIOS of your machine. Look up in the manual how you enter the BIOS itself when the PC starts. Usually it's the Del, Esc or F1 key, should be mentioned in the manual of the mainboard. Have a look at the various BIOS settings, one of them should disable the big logo before booting. Disable that, if not already, then save the settings and exit. Instead of the pretty (?) logo (tastes differ ) you should now see the POST messages scrolling by, followed by the Grub menu. Talking of which, you should check what value the "timeout" variable has in the menu.list file (found in /boot/grub). If it's anything less then 5 seconds, edit the file (as root) and increase the value to 5 or higher if you want/need more time. While you're at it, also check in that same file if there's an entry for Win-OS: you can't boot it if it's not there... If it isn't, invoke, still as root, the command
Code:
update-grub
That should detect any other OS installed on your machine and provide a suitable entry in the Grub menu
This is all correct except for the time out part. The file you need to edit is /etc/default/grub. You will have to run update-grub to get it to work.
 
Old 08-25-2011, 08:14 PM   #4
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Ah yes, the intricacies of Grub2... Do excuse expressing my thorough dislike of this ######## (I shall not be caught by the 'bad-word' fairies in the forum engine )
 
Old 08-25-2011, 09:15 PM   #5
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Yes it is different. I was a lover of Grub-legacy, great boot loader.

Fortunately for me, I like the current iteration even better.

I can certainly see why some do not.

I, personally, feel about some things like the Software Center the way you feel about grub-pc. I can't get started on that either with out be caught by that same fairy.

That the Gods that we use Linux where there are choices.
 
Old 08-26-2011, 10:33 AM   #6
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Thank you for your answers, I'll do the BIOS things later (I'm going to work in half an hour). And about the thing with compiz fusion I figured it out: I had to add to Startup Application the command "compiz --replace -emerald -c" that makes it work as usual with other O.S.
Again, I will try to fix that thing of my BIOS later and give you an answer.

Last edited by nando321; 08-26-2011 at 10:34 AM.
 
Old 08-26-2011, 11:19 AM   #7
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Debian alternatives should allow you to change the default window manager

Code:
update-alternatives --config x-window-manager
 
  


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