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Old 01-14-2004, 04:07 PM   #1
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bootloader Failsafe and linux-nonfb options

ok i have mandrake linux 9.2 and am running LILO boot loader i know how to edit the bootloader file just fine and alredy took out the "Floppy"boot option because i dont have a floppy drive i was wondering if i need the boot options linux-nonfb and failsafe or if i need just one or if i require them to be there.

I would also like to know if there is a way to chage the bootloader background image (i mean i do see the thing evey time i turn on my computer) and the time limit to choose an option

Thanks in advance

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Old 01-14-2004, 04:36 PM   #2
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Both the background image and the time-out options are in /etc/lilo.conf (type man lilo.conf for details).

Also, you should keep the other options (or at least failsafe) just in case something happens and you need to fix it.

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Old 01-14-2004, 04:43 PM   #3
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The linux-nonfb option is short for non frame buffer; it just allows you to see all the boot messages as you boot up with no background image. It can be safely deleted. I believe failsafe just loads minimal drivers for diagnostic purposes. Dump it if you don't think you'll need it.

For the time limit edit your lilo.conf timeout line. It's set in tenths of a second and is 100(10 seconds) by default. Change it to whatever you want but remember your dealing with tenths of a second.

I believe it's possible to change your lilo backgroung image and have seen themes for lilo. Google around a bit and you'll probably find something. Word of caution. I've found it very difficult to get rid of the 9.2 background screens; the stuff is pretty tightly integrated into the init scripts. Your likely to run into problems here.
Old 01-14-2004, 08:06 PM   #4
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Do you know if i can get the nonfb back i kinda ereaced it before i knew what it did do you have the piece of text
Old 01-15-2004, 06:19 PM   #5
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Add this line to tour /etc/lilo.conf. possibly between the time settings line and the first boot=/dev/hdx line
vga = normal


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