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Old 02-25-2003, 02:27 PM   #1
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Question Dual (triple?) boot system


I am running Mandrake and WinXP on the same machine. XP is on my 40 GIG, Mandrake is on my 6 GIG. Originally the 6 GIG had Win98 on it but I don't use it at all. Rather than format the 6 GIG and reinstall Mandrake (I've done alot of tweaking to it that I don't want to redo) how can I remove Win98 from the boot menu. Also, Mandrake is the default, can I change this too?
 
Old 02-25-2003, 03:03 PM   #2
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What boot loader are you using? Grub or lilo?
 
Old 02-25-2003, 04:15 PM   #3
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I just had to do this with Lilo - try editing
\etc\lilo.conf
with a text editor and remove Win98's entries (guessing it will be under "other" - just remove all lines until the next entry). At the top of lilo.conf there is a "default" entry - chaneg this to the name of your preferred regular OS.

Then open a console and type
/sbin/lilo -v
- this should reconfigure lilo.
All this had to be done logged in as root, I am sure there's a better way but I'm literally a one-day-into-it newbie! I found this info scattered online and it worked though, don't be scared

Just keep a backup of lilo.conf in case it goes weird
 
Old 02-25-2003, 11:18 PM   #4
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i've been trying to edit the lilo file in the /etc directory as well but for some reason it doesn't save the changes

i think it may have to do with the fact that i'm not doing /sbin/lilo -v

can somebody explain to me what that command is doing? i looked up what -v and it said 'increase verbosity'....what does that mean?
 
Old 02-26-2003, 01:47 AM   #5
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verbosity

Hiya - I think that just means it spools the commands past you so you can see what's going on. It says things like "created NT" etc etc so I guess when we're not so new to this we'll benefit from seeing that as an error tracking, bugfixing thing.

It might work without -v, if you try it I'd like to know!


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Old 02-27-2003, 11:20 AM   #6
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hey, Wow! SUCCESS!! Thanks.
 
Old 02-27-2003, 12:00 PM   #7
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Changing the lilo.conf file won't have an immediate impact when you boot. When you run /sbin/lilo, it creates a small program in your boot record based on the contents of the configuration file. If you make a change to the configuration file, then you have to update that program. So you have to run lilo again to refresh the program in your boot record.
 
Old 02-27-2003, 12:26 PM   #8
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I did. Thanks.
 
  


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