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Old 09-13-2004, 02:34 PM   #1
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Question HELP-Boot Loader Options

When I load Mandrake 10.0 I get the following choices in the boot loader:

I was wanting to know if anyone could explain the differences between these options and what they do differently. Thanks a lot
Old 09-13-2004, 03:25 PM   #2
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linux-smp - If I had to guess, this would be to start Linux with multiprocessor support compiled into the kernel. SMP (Symmetric MultiProcessing adds a bit of size to the kernel, making it boot a little slower. This slight boot time slowdown is well worth it if you do actually have multiple processors (or a HyperThreading P4), but if you have a single processor it's a waste of time. Realistically, however, there isn't much of a difference.
linux - basic kernel. This would be the best one to use, although if you've been use linux-smp because it was the top one then that's cool too.
linux-nofb - Same as the one above, but without framebuffer support. Framebuffer is the cool technology that allows you to have your really fancy, high-resolution command line. However, framebuffer isn't perfect on some video cards. You would use this if you were having video issues (kinda like a safe mode).
263-7 - no clue - sorry!
failsafe - better "safe mode" than the linux-nofb
Old 09-13-2004, 08:20 PM   #3
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263-7 is just a different fb mode, i deleted the option from my lilo, by default it loads smb only if it detects you have multi thread or multi processor on install. I use the framebuffer on my laptop or else my screen is shrunk to a very small window
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Thanks guys, that helped a lot.


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