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Old 05-01-2004, 06:32 AM   #1
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Question (suse)select the system to be booted after shutdown/reboot!?

hi everybody,

i'm not that sure, whether i remember right, but i think in a previous version of suse i had an option, i can't find any more in suse 9.0
..i think, that in the kde's logout-dialoge (shutdown/reboot/logout), in behind the reboot-option, the was a drop-down-menu where you could select one of the systems listed in the linux boot-manager (lilo i think), to be booted after reboot.. - that's what i can't find any more..

..what i need it for:
i'm accessing my pc @ home via wake-on-lan anc realvnc - and what i'm searching for is a way to reboot from linux and to start windows on the next boot (but only on the next one).. so that after using windows and rebooting the machine, linux would be loaded as default-configuration again..

so my question is - do i remember right - has there been such an option / is there a way to access it on the current suse 9.0/ or is there maybe another usable way to get this working?

thank's a lot in advance
Old 05-01-2004, 06:47 AM   #2
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There are two requirments for this feature to work:
1) You need to be using lilo as your boot manager
2) You need to be using kdm as your login manager

1) I dont know about SUSE, but I suspect, they have switched to grub as their boot manager (simply, because almost every distro has). There is a way of doing the same thing for grub, but it is rather complicated. However, there is a tool that can do the job in KDE (GRUB Next Boot). It wont work as it used to (giving you options, when you logged out), but you can use it to select what OS to reboot.

2) As SUSE is mainly a KDE distro, I think, they are probably using kdm. If they arent, however, you will probably need to change it manually. According to this thread they are using kdm. It also offers instructions on how to change it, if you ever desire .

I did some research on the Internet just now. It seems, SUSE is using GRUB and KDM. So, what you will probably want to do is use GRUB Next Boot. By the way, KDM is no longer a requirement for this feature, when you decide to use that.

Hope this helps,
- drowstar
Old 05-02-2004, 03:32 AM   #3
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thanks a lot - "grub next boot" was exactly that kind of function, i searched for!!



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