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Hi, Over the last couple of days, my Grub install seems to have changed behaviour, but without me touching it at all. I've got Suse 9.3 installed, with an off-the-shelf ...
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    Grub default selection and countdown


    Hi,

    Over the last couple of days, my Grub install seems to have changed behaviour, but without me touching it at all.

    I've got Suse 9.3 installed, with an off-the-shelf kernel, plus a customised one and winXP for games. I've not even run YaST recently.

    Grub defaults to the off-the-shelf kernel, with an 8 second countdown before booting into it. But the weird bit is that it has now stopped counting down. I've tried changing a couple of settings in Grub, so that the settings should be re-applied, but nothing, it just refuses to count down. It even displays the 8 seconds (or whatever I set it to), but doesn't count.

    Any ideas on a fix would be warmly welcomed, I know it's a minor thing, but I like to turn the PC on and then wander off to feed the cat or pick up the mail.

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    have you tried to actually edit the grub file. It should be at
    Code:
    /boot/grub/menu.lst
    or
    Code:
    /boot/grub/grub.conf
    and change the time
    mine set for 5 sec for example
    Code:
    ## timeout sec
    # Set a timeout, in SEC seconds, before automatically booting the default entry
    # (normally the first entry defined).
    timeout         5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vergil83
    have you tried to actually edit the grub file.
    Thanks, I'd always stuck to the the distro utilities because I've only ever used lilo before, and I was uncertain whether I could do that.

    So I've tried it, and nothing. The number does change, but the countdown doesn't happen!

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    Would you mind posting your grub menu.lst file so we can have a look at it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozar
    Would you mind posting your grub menu.lst file so we can have a look at it?
    Of course! This is the latest version - I chopped it down today to simplify it a bit (hasn't fixed the problem, but it's not referring to two windows partitions that aren't bootable, and a couple of old kernels I tried to build and don't actually use)

    # Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Sat Dec 24 16:29:48 GMT 2005

    color white/blue black/light-gray
    default 1
    timeout 10


    title Linux-2.6.13-15.7-default
    root (hd1,2)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.13-15.7-default root=/dev/hdb3 vga=0x31a selinux=0 resume=/dev/hdb2 splash=silent showopts
    initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.13-15.7-default

    ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###

    title SUSE LINUX 10.0
    root (hd1,2)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hdb3 vga=0x31a selinux=0 resume=/dev/hdb2 splash=silent showopts
    initrd /boot/initrd

    ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: xen###

    title XEN
    root (hd1,2)
    kernel /boot/xen.gz dom0_mem=1245184
    module /boot/vmlinuz-xen root=/dev/hdb3 vga=0x31a selinux=0 resume=/dev/hdb2 splash=silent showopts
    module /boot/initrd-xen

    ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: windows 1###

    title windows 1
    root (hd0,0)
    chainloader +1

    ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: failsafe###

    title Failsafe -- SUSE LINUX 10.0
    root (hd1,2)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hdb3 vga=normal showopts ide=nodma apm=off acpi=off noresume selinux=0 nosmp noapic maxcpus=0 edd=off 3
    initrd /boot/initrd

    ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: memtest86###

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