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The boot sequence is normally controlled by the BIOS. A certain key allows you to access the BIOS, this is normally stated on the boot screen i.e Press F2 for BIOS.
Within the BIOS there is normally a boot order, which will list the CD-ROM, HDD, USB and floppy drive. You can switch the order here to ensure your PC boots from the CD-ROM before booting from the HDD.
I'm really a newbie. I have a laptop, reformatted, installed Fedora; no other OS. How can I get the start up to stop somewhere and let me change the sequence? I tried F2 but I get the "Grub" screen telling me:
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.22-1.2215 npt1 ro root=LABEL-/ rhgb
The BIOS boot screen is displayed before the GRUB screen - it does display for long so you have to be quick. Normally the key combination is F2 or F4 or Delete. If it is none of these do you the manual for you PC, it will tell you in there. What PC do you have and what model is it?
Last edited by harry edwards; 01-13-2008 at 06:21 PM.