I get a message during boot that says the system is probing EDD and that I can avoid this by setting EDD to off. By searching other threads I was able to figure out that /boot/grub/menu.lst is the file I want to edit.
When I’m in a terminal window after executing su I type:
The terminal just freezes up.
I tried to open Kwrite from Dolphin (in superuser mode) and found that “KDEInit couldn’t launch /usr/bin/kwrite”
How can I edit menu.lst?
I’m using OpenSuse 11.0
You shouldn’t ‘su’ then run graphical programmes - you can end up causing subtle and hard to fix system damage, and things often won’t work.
Either use ‘kdesu kwrite /boot/grub/menu.lst’
Or switch to root user with ‘su -’, then run ‘kwrite /boot/grub/menu.lst’
‘su -’ switches to root’s environment, as well as changing the user.
are you sure the kwrite has been installed on your system?
Thanks for your responses.
The absence of Kwrite was something I thought of as well. I should have mentioned that I had confirmed its presence.
kdesu worked like a charm. I was able to view /boot/grub/menu.lst
The plot thickens. It appears that edd is already set to off.
Here’s my /boot/grub/menu.lst
Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Thu Aug 20 17:44:37 EDT 2009
##YaST - generic_mbr
##YaST - activate
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title openSUSE 11.1 - 188.8.131.52-0.1
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-184.108.40.206-0.1-default root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD1200JB-00FUA0_WD-WMAET1541264-part6 resume=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD1200JB-00FUA0_WD-WMAET1541264-part5 splash=silent showopts vga=0x317
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title Failsafe – openSUSE 11.1 - 220.127.116.11-0.1
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-18.104.22.168-0.1-default root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD1200JB-00FUA0_WD-WMAET1541264-part6 showopts ide=nodma apm=off noresume nosmp maxcpus=0 edd=off powersaved=off nohz=off highres=off processor.max_cstate=1 x11failsafe vga=0x317
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edd=off only appears in the failsafe boot - you’d want to copy it to the other boot (assuming you know what you’re doing - I confess I have no idea what it does…)
Problem solved. thank you.
Now I get it. menu.lst list the options available for booting up.
I copied edd=off into the mode a usually boot up into and it works fine.
edd apparently gives the user the ability to specify the video mode for the boot messages. I never look at those messages anyway so I’d just as soon have the boot process take place without having to specify how to display them.