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Old 06-19-2011, 09:52 AM   #1
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Lilo bios data check takes more then a minute

When I boot up my desktop, lilo spends more than a minute printing a string of dots to the screen, before it declares "Bios data check successful" and then loads slackware normally.

I did
echo compact >> /etc/lilo.conf
but lilo declared that to be a syntax error and is as slow as ever. My lilo/conf contains
# LILO configuration file
# generated by 'liloconfig'
# Start LILO global section
# Append any additional kernel parameters:
append=" vt.default_utf8=0 logo.nologo"
boot = /dev/sda

# Boot BMP Image.
# Bitmap in BMP format: 640x480x8
  bitmap = /boot/slack.bmp
# Menu colors (foreground, background, shadow, highlighted
# foreground, highlighted background, highlighted shadow):
  bmp-colors = 255,0,255,0,255,0
# Location of the option table: location x, location y, number of
# columns, lines per column (max 15), "spill" (this is how many
# entries must be in the first column before the next begins to
# be used.  We don't specify it here, as there's just one column.
  bmp-table = 60,6,1,16
# Timer location x, timer location y, foreground color,
# background color, shadow color.
  bmp-timer = 65,27,0,255

# Standard menu.
# Or, you can comment out the bitmap menu above and
# use a boot message with the standard menu:
#message = /boot/boot_message.txt

# Wait until the timeout to boot (if commented out, boot the
# first entry immediately):
# Timeout before the first entry boots.
# This is given in tenths of a second, so 600 for every minute:
timeout = 1
# Override dangerous defaults that rewrite the partition table:
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x256
#vga = 773
# Normal VGA console
 vga = normal
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x64k
# vga=791
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x32k
# vga=790
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x256
# vga=773
# VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x64k
# vga=788
# VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x32k
# vga=787
# VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x256  
# vga=771
# VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x64k
# vga=785
# VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x32k
# vga=784
# VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x256
# vga=769
# End LILO global section
# Linux bootable partition config begins
image = /boot/vmlinuz
  root = /dev/sda1
  label = Linux
# Linux bootable partition config ends
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:01 AM   #2
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I put 'compact' much earlier in the file and it works, I don't know if that is the problem, but it might be worth a try.
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:05 AM   #3
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Put it right below boot.
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:05 AM   #4
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Place 'compact' in the global section via editor and then run 'lilo' as root to update boot-loader.
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Old 06-19-2011, 10:24 AM   #5
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Thanks for this! Solved my recent issue with slow boot after switching to a new, faster system!
Old 06-19-2011, 10:37 AM   #6
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Thank you all, works perfectly.
Old 06-20-2015, 05:10 PM   #7
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Hmm... I too have been having slow BIOS check issues at boot-up. Thanks guys, for reminding this old Slacker about the "compact" trick. I should have remember it myself, but I'm getting old.




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