I’m currently dual booting between Win Vista and OpenSuSE 11.3 (KDE), and (as always) when my machine starts up I first come to a screen that prompts if I want to boot OpenSuSE, OpenSuSE (failsafe) or Windows. However, this screen only remains active for about 10 seconds before the default selection boots up.
My question is, how can I extend the duration that this screen appears for? Ideally, I’d actually like the machine to sit on this screen until a selection is made. Is that possible? If not, I’d settle for just increasing the duration that the screen is present for or changing the default selection from OpenSuSE to Windows.
Any help is much appreciated. Cheers guys.
Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Wed Dec 29 18:35:13 CST 2010
THIS FILE WILL BE PARTIALLY OVERWRITTEN by perl-Bootloader
Configure custom boot parameters for updated kernels in /etc/sysconfig/bootloader
##YaST - generic_mbr
##YaST - activate
The setting is called timeout and it defaults to 8. To edit your file in KDE you can open the Run Command prompt (Alt-F2) and enter:
kdesu kwrite /boot/grub/menu.lst
You must enter the root user password to edit this file.
On 2011-01-02 01:36, Kowboy Koder wrote:
> My question is, how can I extend the duration that this screen appears
> for? Ideally, I’d actually like the machine to sit on this screen until
> a selection is made. Is that possible? If not, I’d settle for just
> increasing the duration that the screen is present for or changing the
> default selection from OpenSuSE to Windows.
Edit, as root, the file /boot/grub/menu.lst, of in yast use the boot
management module. You are interested in this two settings:
The first one selects which entry will boot; the first one is “0”. The
second one is the timeout in seconds. I don’t know if there is a value for
wait for ever, but you can find it yourself (info grub).
Cheers / Saludos,
Carlos E. R.
(from 11.2 x86_64 “Emerald” at Telcontar)
And for those who like a GUI to do this: YaST > System > Bootloader has it all.
Just to add to hcvv post the specific location of setting the GRUB timeout in YaST is under Bootloader -> Boot Loader Installation -> Boot Loader Options -> Timeout In Seconds