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Old 11-05-2005, 12:00 PM   #1
marc1978
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Unhappy Can't see the LILO boot menu


When I boot Mandrake, my monitor doesn't display the boot menu. (my monitor complains that it can't display resolution or something like that). After the 10 second timeout, the booting continues and everything is fine, monitor displays boot sequence checks, etc...
I'm using a DELL 17 inch LCD monitor (digital mode)
Any clues?

This is my lilo.conf

default="linux"
boot=/dev/sda
map=/boot/map
keytable=/boot/us.klt
prompt
nowarn
timeout=100
message=/boot/message
menu-scheme=wb:bw:wb:bw
image=/boot/vmlinuz
label="linux"
root=/dev/sda1
initrd=/boot/initrd.img
append="noapic resume=/dev/sda5 splash=silent"
vga=788
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image=/boot/vmlinuz
label="linux-nonfb"
root=/dev/sda1
initrd=/boot/initrd.img
append="noapic resume=/dev/sda5"
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image=/boot/vmlinuz
label="failsafe"
root=/dev/sda1
initrd=/boot/initrd.img
append="failsafe acpi=ht resume=/dev/sda5 devfs=nomount"
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Old 11-05-2005, 12:58 PM   #2
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Do you have anything custom in /boot/message? Have you tried taking out the line defining your own colour schemes for the LILO menu, re-writing LILO and rebooting?
 
Old 11-05-2005, 01:56 PM   #3
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Do a search on vga numbers.

vga=788 in your lilo.conf is likely the culprit.

check this out
 
Old 11-06-2005, 02:58 AM   #4
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If you have trouble finding the "right" vga=nnn, try setting it to vga=normal, re-running /sbin/lilo and rebooting.
 
Old 11-06-2005, 07:33 AM   #5
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tredegar hit it right on.
 
Old 11-06-2005, 12:19 PM   #6
marc1978
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Thanks for the reply all.

No, I haven't touched the /boot/message. (it's the default one after an install)
I haven't played with the colour scheme either.

The VGA =788 is under my "linux" image, which is my default one and it's working ok.
Does that matter? Does it also get applied before that at the boot screen?

I thought only the information before your images gets applied before you select an image to boot???
 
  


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