Mint default itself in dual OS - a problem

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Mint default itself in dual OS - a problem

Postby sunyata on Mon Nov 24, 2008 6:52 pm

I have installed Mint as a dual OS with Windows XP on my computer. However, when starting up, it allows for perhaps three seconds for user to select which OS to boot up, and frequently I'm too slow and it will automatically boot into Mint. How can I make it stop at the selection menu and not continue with the startup until I select the OS I want? If this is not possible, can I lengthen the wait time to 10 seconds for me to select the OS of my choice? Thanks in advance for any tips.
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Re: Mint default itself in dual OS - a problem

Postby terrorblader on Tue Nov 25, 2008 5:34 am

Type in a terminal :
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sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst

to edit the configuration file and change the timeout :
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## timeout sec
# Set a timeout, in SEC seconds, before automatically booting the default entry
# (normally the first entry defined).
timeout      5

to 10 seconds.
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Re: Mint default itself in dual OS - a problem

Postby sunyata on Wed Nov 26, 2008 4:53 pm

Thanks for your quick reply. It works. I experimented a bit and found that Mint allows max 10 seconds to select the OS.
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