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Old 02-05-2005, 10:01 AM   #1
aoeshang
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How to change the boot OS name


I installed WinXp first and then Red Hat 9. During boot up, the Red Hat boot
loader asked me which OS i want to boot. At the beginning, there are two
choices: Red Hat_<version no.> and DOS. When I boot to Red Hat, it asked
me to updated my Red Hat, I did it and now, during boot up, I got three
selections:

1) Red Hat_<new version No.>
2) Red Hat_<old version No.>
3) DOS (I set it as default boot)

My questions:
1) can I delete the boot option for the "RedHat _<old version NO.>"?
2) CanI change the name "DOS" to like "Windows XP"?

In my case, WinXP is installed in Master drive and Linux installed in slave
drive.

Thanks for help!
 
Old 02-05-2005, 10:06 AM   #2
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what are you using? lilo or grub?
 
Old 02-05-2005, 10:13 AM   #3
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Quote:
Originally posted by nazir
what are you using? lilo or grub?
I'm using Grub
 
Old 02-05-2005, 10:21 AM   #4
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if lilo:

edit /etc/lilo.conf
1) find something like that
Code:
image=/boot/vmlinuz
        label="Red Hat_<old version No.>"
        root=/dev/hda7
        ...
        ...
and delete it
2) find and change label="Dos" to label="Windows XP"

then save changes and as root type at console
Code:
 lilo
if using grub, find something like /boot/grub/menu.lst or /etc/grub/menu.lst or similar (i don't know how it is in RH)
1) find something like that and delete:
Code:
title Red Hat_<old version No.>
   root (hd0,3)
   kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda3
2) find something like that and change the title
Code:
title Dos
    rootnoverify (hd0,0)
 
Old 02-05-2005, 10:37 AM   #5
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Another method would be to delete the old kernel by doing,
$rpm -qa | grep -i kernel
#rpm -e kernel-version(name of the old kernel)
This removes the old kernel and it's grub entry.
 
Old 02-05-2005, 10:54 AM   #6
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Quote:
if using grub, find something like /boot/grub/menu.lst or /etc/grub/menu.lst or similar (i don't know how it is in RH)
Thanks nazir! your memory is good, its /boot/grub/menu.lst

I did it and now the boot up looks nicer!
Cheers!
 
Old 02-05-2005, 09:00 PM   #7
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Aoeshang, thanks for asking one of the questions I had rattling around in the back of my mind.

Redazz, good info. I appreciate the explicit examples. Gives one confidence in what you suggest. It worked nicely too. Thanks!

...Gil
 
  


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