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Old 09-30-2004, 03:48 PM   #1
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Question Dual Boot Option Question

Ok, I've done a search and can't seem to find anything. I'm newer than new-- just installed SuSe last night. So let me apologize in advance-- but I'm dedicated to getting this.

The question I have is simple (I hope). While learning, I've gone the dual boot route (Suse 9.1?) so that I can continue to do some stuff in windows and mainly because I've taught it to my wife and I want to properly set her up in Linux before converting her.

Which leads to my question. She's easily frustrated and she's complaining about the dual boot option where if she doesn't choose windows in time, she has to shutdown and reboot and wait by the computer to catch it. I'd like to make it so that the default boot is windows and NOT Linux. Is this possible? Is this easy? How do I do it? In Windows dual boots, there was literally a text file that you edited and it was done. Linux HAS to be as easy if you can do it in MS.

Thanks in advance,
Old 09-30-2004, 03:57 PM   #2
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does suse use LILO? -- it's very easy, and very common... look into /etc/lilo.conf
Old 09-30-2004, 04:20 PM   #3
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Originally posted by secesh
does suse use LILO? -- it's very easy, and very common... look into /etc/lilo.conf
I guess you didn't read the part where I said I'm new-- I even apologized for it. In either case, your response (while appreciated) sounds like, "0101001 0101010 01010110 0111000" to me. And I can't read binary.

Anyone have the answer with both the time and inclination to write it out in layman's terms. I can't imagine that it's THAT difficult a task.

Thanks anyway.

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Old 09-30-2004, 06:18 PM   #4
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Welcome to LQ CarnalPlumber. You're right, it's an easy task, and what you essentially need to do is edit the lilo.conf file (which will be in the /etc directory), save your changes, then rerun the lilo program in order for those changes to take effect. (The term 'lilo' can refer both to the lilo.conf file as well as the lilo program.)

Tell you what though, the simplest thing would be to paste the contents of your current lilo.conf file here in a post, then we can tell you exactly what changes to make on each line. The format of the lilo.conf file is easy once you get the hang of it, but initially it will probably look totally cryptic.

If you're not sure how to print the contents of a text file, you can just run the "more" command. Run this command to print out your lilo.conf file
more /etc/lilo.conf
Post up the results and I can tell you what changes to make on which lines.

Lastly, secesh - per the LQ Rules, please don't post unless you have something constructive to say. Considering that the original poster explained that he just installed Linux for the first time *last night*, it's hard to see how your comment that lilo is "easy and very common" would help in arriving at a solution to the question. Thanks -- J.W.

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