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Old 09-12-2003, 06:54 PM   #1
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Question boot list disappears after log out! Me no get it!!


Hello one and all,

Using KDE.

Here's a weird one that neither I nor my Linux-loving brother could figure out.

When I want to reboot to Windows [yes I still use it, and I'll continue using it as backup until I can stand on my own two feet in Linux], I log out in order to be able to click on the reboot button in the users list menu. The weird thing is that after clicking on the reboot button, I get an empty box with nothing to click on where the boot options should be!!!
The only clickable things are the "Reboot" and "Back" buttons and clicking on reboot does didly sqwat 'cause there's no option to reboot to, so every friking time I want to reboot to windows I have to reboot and sit and wait for the boot menu to choose windows before it automatically goes into Linux!

I've looked everywhere in the KCC and can't find anything. Is there a file with the boot options somewhere that I can modify or is there another very magical way to fix this??

Thanx for the help....

- Ogro -
 
Old 09-12-2003, 07:24 PM   #2
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" Is there a file with the boot options somewhere that I can modify"

Yes. If your bootloader is lilo then you can edit /etc/lilo.conf, then run lilo. If your bootloader is grub then edit /etc/grub.conf
 
Old 09-12-2003, 07:26 PM   #3
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If you use the LILO bootloader, the configuration file is /etc/lilo.conf . When you make changes to it, you run the "lilo" command to apply the changes. Grub's config file (another bootloader) should be /boot/menu.lst, but I think it may vary.
 
Old 09-12-2003, 08:16 PM   #4
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Ehmmm

Do you guys recognize this problem? Or have heard of anything of the sort?
 
Old 09-12-2003, 08:41 PM   #5
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"Do you guys recognize this problem? Or have heard of anything of the sort?"

No. But the boot options simply reflect the options that are available in your bootloader configuration file. If the options are screwed up the first place to look is your bootloader configuration file to see if it is screwed up.
 
Old 09-12-2003, 09:15 PM   #6
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Here it is...

See anything strange??

boot=/dev/hda
map=/boot/map
default="linux"
keytable=/boot/us.klt
prompt
nowarn
timeout=100
message=/boot/message
menu-scheme=wb:bw:wb:bw
image=/boot/vmlinuz
label="linux"
root=/dev/hdb6
initrd=/boot/initrd.img
append="devfs=mount hdd=ide-scsi acpi=off quiet"
vga=788
read-only
image=/boot/vmlinuz
label="linux-nonfb"
root=/dev/hdb6
initrd=/boot/initrd.img
append="devfs=mount hdd=ide-scsi acpi=off"
read-only
image=/boot/vmlinuz
label="failsafe"
root=/dev/hdb6
initrd=/boot/initrd.img
append="devfs=nomount hdd=ide-scsi acpi=off failsafe"
read-only
other=/dev/hda1
label="windows"
table=/dev/hda
other=/dev/fd0
label="floppy"
unsafe

Thanx for the help!

- Ogro -
 
Old 09-12-2003, 10:22 PM   #7
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"See anything strange??"

I think that your lilo.conf is valid. I wonder though about the fact that the same kernel on the same partition appears three times. That is valid. But maybe the program that builds your boot options displays is mishandling that. You could test that by temporarily creating a lilo.conf that does not have multiple instances of the same kernel and see if the boot options display comes out correct.
 
Old 09-12-2003, 11:07 PM   #8
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I have had this problem myself in Mandrake 9.1. No idea why though. It has nothing to do with LILO as the actual boot is all good, its the KDE logout menu thats screwed. I just live with it. I've taken to just typing reboot in eterm anyway. You could also choose 'halt' in the menu and just manually choose Windows in LILO.
 
  


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