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passing boot parameters to lilo
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Thread: passing boot parameters to lilo

  1. #1

    passing boot parameters to lilo

    I (my mate) has a problem with X in that it crashes on bootup.
    Hes set to runlevel 5 and has the graphical mandrake LILO.
    i don't know of any way to get to a command prompt to tell it to boot up into rulevel 3.
    Any ideas??
    thx

    ALastair
    whatdoyougetwhenyoumultiplysixbynine??

  2. #2
    Spot
    Guest

    Re:passing boot parameters to lilo

    He needs to edit the file /etc/inittab and change the line
    id:5:initdefault:
    to read:
    id:3:initdefault:


  3. #3
    Spot
    Guest

    Re:passing boot parameters to lilo

    Doh..that's not a parameter to be passed at boot, sorry about that. Check here for a huge list:
    http://www.linuxhq.com/kernel/v2.4/d...eters.txt.html

  4. #4
    JimH
    Guest

    Re:passing boot parameters to lilo

    At the boot prompt type:

    linux 3

    This will boot runlevel 3.

    Jim H

  5. #5

    Re:passing boot parameters to lilo

    great ppl, but.....
    the problem is the drake graphical menu doen't let you type in anything.
    i already knew how to change inittab and linux 1,3 etc

    any other ideas...:P

    Alastair
    whatdoyougetwhenyoumultiplysixbynine??

  6. #6
    JimH
    Guest

    Re:passing boot parameters to lilo

    Why not just boot with a rescue disk and edit /etc/inittab?

    Jim H

  7. #7

    Re:passing boot parameters to lilo

    im starting to think that thats the only other option.

    now i have to make a guess on where / is.....
    (ie he didn't make a rescue disk)
    i think its on hda, as he only has linux installed, we shall see

    hmm, afterthought:
    maybe you could reset the X server just as it boots up, might work
    whatdoyougetwhenyoumultiplysixbynine??

  8. #8
    JimH
    Guest

    Re:passing boot parameters to lilo

    You should be able to use CD 1 as a rescue disk.

    Jim H

  9. #9

    Re:passing boot parameters to lilo

    ahhhhhhhhh, true, thx
    but im not sure if the bios does cds...
    theres only one way to find out

    Alastair
    whatdoyougetwhenyoumultiplysixbynine??

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