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Old 08-08-2005, 11:32 AM   #1
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Question Some boot related tweaks... (GRUB, Video mode & mounting)

I wish to streamline the booting process of SimplyMEPIS 3.3.1 by:-

1. Setting the GRUB bootloader to place the 2.4 kernel version above the 2.6 (the 2.6 has serious difficulties with my USB mouse) on the bootlist.

2. Berfore Linux is uncompressed, it tells me that 'You have specified an undefined video mode number', and gives me a list from 0-6 or scan. I want to set it so that it knows that I always want selection 6, and doesnt need to ask me this.

3. I have 3 hard-drive partitions, hda1 (NTFS, Linux needs no access), hda2 (FAT32, Linux needs frequent access) and hda3 (Ex3 where Linux is kept), so when I boot into MEPIS hda3 is always mounted (obviously). Because I use hda2 so much, is it possible for MEPIS to automaticaly mount that on boot, to save me time?

Old 08-08-2005, 12:04 PM   #2
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1: man grub, edit its config file (typically /boot/grub/*.l?st).

2: dunno

3: man fstab, su -c "emacs /etc/fstab"

hth --Jonas
Old 08-08-2005, 12:11 PM   #3
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1.Open kwrite as root("kdesu kwrite" to konsole or run command)then go to /boot/grub and open menu.lst. Then move the block that has 2.4 in it to be the topmost block. Alternatively you can change the "default 1" line to default x where x is the number of the 2.4 kernel(hope that made sense).

3.Open /etc/fstab as root(same way as above). and add the line
/dev/hda2 /mnt/hda2 fat32 defaults,noatime 1 1
alternatively you can substitute /mnt/hda2 to whatever you want. I believe the parameters are correct but anyone, feel free to correct me


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