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Old 04-14-2009, 07:22 AM   #1
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Unhappy dual os systems

I am having a piii system with linux& windows. I would like to increase the the time gap for choosing the required operating system wile booting the GRUB.can i set a definite time gap for that?. i am a beginner in Linux.
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not an introduction to yourself, moved to Linux - Newbie.

edit /boot/grub/grub.conf (or menu.lst) and change the timeout value. Just save and exit.
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Or just comment out the line to disable the automatic booting of default OS.
Old 04-14-2009, 08:05 AM   #4
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in your /boot/grub/menu.lst (somteimes called grub.conf but is the same file)

there should be a value near the top like this

timeout		3
in this case i have a timeout of 3 seconds, but i think 5 is the norm

say you wanted the timout to be 15 seconds, you just chage it to
timeout        15
above that a few lines is the line

default        0
this will boot the first option on the list if you dont press any keys in the timeout...
change this to the entry you want to boot by default, (count from the top starting with 0)

or by adding a # to the beginning of the line you will allways have to manually choose
#defalut 0

you can view this file as a normal user but you wont be able to change it,
so you need to edit it as root,

sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
should work if you are in ubuntu or similiar

otherwise just
gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
from a root terminaly in any distro that dousent use sudo
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I am very very thanks for help full tips and ideas given. I am a diploma student in electronics. And i am interested in Linux environment as my OS. But i am very poor in the depths of Linux knowledge. Here i hops all helps that i will need. And again thanks to all......


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