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I have Slackware 10.1 (kernel 126.96.36.199) running on my IBM Thinkpad T42 and for some reason the LILO BIOS Data Check takes forever to complete. On my desktop computer, it takes about 1 second to complete. My Thinkpad takes at least 15 seconds to complete. Can I disable this check or is there anything that I can do to speed this up a bit? Thanks for any help.
Oh, sorry for the confusion... Still this check isn't done by Lilo atmo, as the kernel is already loaded in memory at this point (I think?)
Hmmm I never had problem with this. In newer kernel, there is some options that make some "check" to the BIOS, like, in "Processor in feature" the "Firmware drivers/BIOS enhanced drive call..." or in "Plug and Play" the option "Plug and Play BIOS support".
My guess would be to turn off these 2 options, but I don't really know if these have something to do with the "BIOS check".
the "dots" are the kernel that is tranfered in high memory (RAM). Sometime it can take more time, as example if you are booting from a floppy, as floppy are REALLY slow...
If you see more dots, this only mean your system transfer rate from harddrive to memory is really slow, maybe a dying hdd or just a very old IDE bus that transfert really slowly... What kind of laptop is this?
I have the same problem here!
I have an HP-Compaq nx9005 notebook, and it is lilo! I always install grub because of this problem.
I think that happens when the kernel is uncompressing to memory. Here are my observations:
1) Lilo passes this step almost instantly on desktop machines. I installed Slackware on 2 notebook machines, both booted so slow. 4 desktops have no problems.
2) Grub handles this. I don't know how, but Grub never waits.
Why do I not switch to Grub this time? Because I want to solve this!
I'm sorry for posting this too late, but I solved the problem just an hour later than my previous reply.
I read lilo.conf manual more carefully(i.e. using my brain instead of another part of my body ) and found the answer there.
Just add the following in /etc/lilo.conf, under Global section:
# Start LILO global section
boot = /dev/hda
message = /boot/boot_message.txt
timeout = 1200
The file goes on of course, this is just the portion you need.
Note: Maybe you will need to do
as root. I did it anyway, because I recompiled my kernel at the same time.