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Old 04-23-2007, 09:18 PM   #1
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Loging into Solaris for 1st time and changing default multiboot OS to windows


Hello All

I just loaded Solaris 10 and I'm pretty excited about trying it out. I am a total noob to Solaris and have very limited knowledge of Linux. I am hoping some of you ultra knowledgeable folks can help me out. Now that my my complete ignorance has been explained on to the questions.

I have installed Windows XP and Solaris 10 on the same hard drive (XP first then Solaris). Windows seem to be fine, however, on first boot into Solaris 10 after install a login screen pops up. The problem with that is that at no time was I prompted to set up a user name and a pass word. I only was prompted about a hostname and password (I tried them and did not work). I have not been able to log into Solaris.

How do I figure out the user and pass word or set one up I can log in with.

Also, how do I make windows the default OS in the multiboot. I am using Grub.

Please remember I ride the Solaris short bus. (BIG NOOB) I hope to become proficient but you have to start somewhere.

Thank you, your time is greatly appreciated
 
Old 04-23-2007, 11:36 PM   #2
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Talking Only Need To Change Multiboot default to windows

I feel a little silly. I figured out the root password thing and am logged into Solaris 10. I love it when I can't see the obvious because I'm distracted by it beating me in the face.

By the way, for those of you that are looking at this to get the same question answered, the word "root" (without quotations) is the user and the password is whatever you set up as the root password during the installation. Now you don't need to subject yourself to public humiliation to get this one answered. However there is the chance that noone else gets stumped on this one and I am getting the newbie of the year award.

I need only to figure out how too change Windows to the default OS during boot. Even a good reference site would be cool. I have looked at many sites about installing and setting up Solaris, but finding good and detailed information on Grub seems to be more difficult.

Thanks again, your time is still greatly appreciated.

Last edited by Some Guy; 04-24-2007 at 12:41 AM. Reason: Wanted to explain the solution I figured out.
 
Old 04-24-2007, 02:49 AM   #3
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I need only to figure out how too change Windows to the default OS during boot.
Edit /boot/grub/menu.lst and change the "default x" line to point to the O/S you want to boot.
Beware that grub starts counting from 0, not 1.
 
Old 04-30-2007, 05:48 PM   #4
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I appreciate your response. However I have no idea how to "Edit /boot/grub/menu.lst and change the "default x" line to point to the O/S I want to boot." I need something a little more detailed. Like I said, I'm a noob to Linux and Solaris and I know nothing about how to edit the Grub loader.

I understand if no one wants to hold my hand on something so simple, so even a recommendation about a detailed site on how to manipulate the loader would be cool.
 
Old 05-01-2007, 12:24 AM   #5
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I appreciate your response. However I have no idea how to "Edit /boot/grub/menu.lst and change the "default x" line to point to the O/S I want to boot." I need something a little more detailed. Like I said, I'm a noob to Linux and Solaris and I know nothing about how to edit the Grub loader.
/boot/grub/menu.lst is a plain text file. You need to use a text editor to modify it. Root privileges are required to be able to save the modified file.
So the process is pretty simple:
- log-in as root to the JDS desktop.
- open the editor (Launch/Application/Accessories/Text Editor)
- open the grub menu file: (File/Open/File System/boot/grub/menu.lst)
- have a look at the file, the fourth line should contain the line to modify. Each entry starts with a line beginning with "Title ...". If the Windows entry is the fourth, then modifiy the default line to show:
Code:
default 3
Save the file and reboot (init 6 or init 5/power on).
 
Old 05-04-2007, 12:42 PM   #6
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Thank You!!!!

That's something this monkey can understand. I am reloading Solaris now that I have Ubuntu loaded for multiboot. I'll try your solution then and post back. From what I am reading I'll also probably be trying to figure out how to get Ubuntu recognized by the bootloader for Solaris.

Thank you very much jilliagre for your time and the easy to understand response. You made this monkey a little smarter.
 
  


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