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Grub confusion

by thebestthing123 / June 5, 2004 12:23 AM PDT

I use grub adn it comes up on my boot. There used to be 2 enties, one for linux and one for dos (windows). Just lately I updated gaim and kernel and went into kde instead of Gnome. What are these two entries?

Red Hat Linux (2.4.20-31.9)
Red Hat Linux (2.4.20-8)

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Re:Grub confusion
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 5, 2004 12:27 AM PDT
In reply to: Grub confusion

In short, it is possible to have more than one linux kernel on your linux partition. Therefore, you could load any of them...


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Re:Re:Grub confusion
by thebestthing123 / June 5, 2004 8:23 AM PDT
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how can I change the name of the 'dos' tp change it to Windows XP

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Re:Re:Re:Grub confusion
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 5, 2004 8:47 AM PDT
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Re:Re:Re:Grub confusion
by Art / June 5, 2004 5:33 PM PDT
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I don't know how RH does thing but I would suggest looking in the area of system control panel for boot loader.

In mandrake, it is; system->configure->configure system->boot loader (modify).

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Re:Grub confusion
by David Utidjian / June 6, 2004 12:32 AM PDT
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>Red Hat Linux (2.4.20-31.9)
Is your new kernel.

>Red Hat Linux (2.4.20-8)
Is your old kernel.

Is some other OS (usually Windows of some sort).

The default ability to reboot to your old(er) or former kernel is usually considered a good thing. Just in case something goes wrong with the new one.

All of this is controlled by the /etc/grub.conf file. In Red Hat this is just a soft link to /boot/grub/grub.conf. To make changes in that file you need to be root to edit it or even view it. All you need to do is open it in your text editor of choice as root and change the line that says:

title Dos


title Windows XP

(should be last "title" entry in the file)

Save, Quit, and reboot and you should see the edited entry when the system starts up to grub.


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