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Old 02-22-2005, 07:59 AM   #1
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Want Boot menu to not appear on start up

I am getting a Boot Menu when starting my machine and it waits until I manually select a menu choice to continue. I would like this Boot Menu to not appear, so the machine will auto-start on a power fail - but I cannot get it to go away.

The Boot Menu choices are:

1). Removable Devices
2). Hard Drive
3). ATAPI CD ROM Drive
4). Network Boot

<Enter Setup?>

I have looked in the BIOS setup, and cannot find anything that would be causing this.

ps - I am NOT dual booting. Fedora Core 3 is the only operating system on the machine.
Old 02-22-2005, 08:15 AM   #2
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Grub or Lilo?

Either way you can set it to auto-boot after a certain time, but we need to know your boot loader before we can tell you how
Old 02-22-2005, 08:17 AM   #3
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This looks like a BIOS settings problem, not a (linux) bootloader problem.

Don't know what your box looks like, but I don't think you want to boot from a removable device (option 1). Try moving the Removable Devices option down (below cdrom), safe BIOS settings and reboot.

The entry could be correct, but then a non-bootable removable device is found (not by linux, you aren't at that stage yet)..

Hope this helps.
Old 02-22-2005, 08:53 AM   #4
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You might get some specific help if you told us which motherboard and bios you're using. The menu you mention is (to me, at least) clearly a bios menu, and thus a bios setting needs changing.
Old 02-22-2005, 10:03 PM   #5
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Some answers and more info

I don't get this BIOS looking menu on an Actions / Logout / Restart the Computer. I only get it on a power down and startup.

I changed the menu in the BIOS for boot order, to set it up so that Removable Devices is near the bottom. Hard Drive is in the number 1). spot. I still get this menu on a power down restart.

The BIOS is a Phoenix BIOS 4.0 Release 6.0 BIOS version 8990T
I also get a SYMBIOS SDSM V4.0 PIC SCSI BIOS message during boot up.

How do I determine which motherboard that I am using?

I am not sure about Grub versus Lilo - what is a quick method to tell?

I agree that this appears to be a BIOS setting, but I cannot find anything odd about the settings, when I go into setup.

Any suggestions?
Old 02-24-2005, 07:37 AM   #6
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I am still looking for help on this issue.

I have done a lot of searching for related issues and have come up with nothing.

What information would help in troubleshooting this?

Thank you.

Last edited by Hook99; 02-24-2005 at 08:00 AM.
Old 02-24-2005, 10:35 AM   #7
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try disabling everything except for the hdd in the boot menu. Usually you'd have to press something like F12 to see a boot menu.


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