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Old 06-06-2005, 09:32 AM   #1
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Dual Boot: Now three choices...

I just installed FC3 over the weekend from ISO's I downloaded earlier last week.
I was updating everything with up2date and for some reason now when I get the screen to choose which OS I want to boot into it lists two versions of the Linux Kernal. I am not sure why there are two now.. not that it matters just wanted to know.

Also is there a way to change the name of windows in the boot loader from Other to Windows?

Old 06-06-2005, 09:40 AM   #2
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When you updated, it probably updated the kernel to the latest version. When you update the kernel, the old one is retained in case something goes wrong with the new one.

The location of the OS titles in grub is /etc/grub.conf . In here, you'll see something like this:
title Other
        rootnoverify (hd0,0)
        chainloader +1
Change 'Other' to whatever you want and save the changes.

To remove an old kernel version after you've installed a new one and verified that it works, use (as root)

rpm -e kernel-<version>

Since you're already in grub.conf, look at the 'title' parameter for the old kernel version, which should say something like 'Fedora Core (2.6.11-1.14_FC3)'. The version number will be different for you, but you get the idea. In this case though, you'd say 'rpm -e kernel-2.6.11-1.14_FC3'.

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Old 06-06-2005, 09:41 AM   #3
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The chances are, when you updated everything a new kernel was among the upgrades. The old kernel has probably been left in the bootloader menu as a backup, so you can still boot if the new one doesn't work.

As to changing the name, yes it can be done. The exact process depends on if you're using LILO or GRUB though. If it's GRUB, then open the /boot/grub/menu.lst file, look for the line that reads "title Other" and change it to "title Whatever you want" (all without quotes). I don't use LILO, so I can't help with that.
Old 06-06-2005, 09:41 AM   #4
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