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Old 04-09-2005, 05:00 PM   #1
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slow boot when ethernet cable not connected to network

I've just installed Mandrake 10.1, but it boots really slowly when it is not connected to a network. Is there anyway to set a timeout so that it doesn't take so long to boot up if it is not connected to a network? I'm using a laptop and I can't always have it connected to a network.
Old 04-09-2005, 05:14 PM   #2
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It's probably trying to resolve it's own hostname when it's starting up. You can either 1) set your hostname correctly in /etc/hosts or 2) disable the network servers that are trying to start at boot time. You probably don't need them anyway as you're not connected to a network
Old 04-09-2005, 05:20 PM   #3
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I still want it to automatically try to connect to the network, because it is connected to the network much of the time, I just don't want it to take so long. I read somewhere that you can set a timeout in dhclient.conf, but I don't have that file. I tried to create it and put it in the etc folder, but that did not help.
Old 04-09-2005, 11:23 PM   #4
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When you say it's slow what is the rough time estimate for it to boot? If the system can't resolve it's own hostname then it can take a few minutes. Linux usually only waits about 20 seconds per interface for response from a DHCP server.
Old 04-10-2005, 01:47 PM   #5
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It pauses for about a minute when it gets to the part where it says something about setting up eth0. A while before that it says that it is setting the hostname, but it doesn't take much time to do that at all.


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