I have installed Linux Fedora 17 on my new desktop PC, but the default boot ends up with a black screen and no response from the keyboard or mouse. This is after the oval in the centre of the screen fills up and becomes the "curly f" logo. At that point the screen goes blank, and the monitor indicates that it is receiving no input, going into power saving mode.
I can boot up ok if I choose the second entry
Fedora Linux on the grub list, shown below, and then everything seems ok -- I am using it to post this question. A couple of error messages flash up before the grub boot choices appear, but are too brief for me to read them.
Here is the content of the grub boot screen:
Fedora (3.9.10.-100.fc17.i686.PAE) Fedora Linux Advanced Options for Fedora Linux Micrsosoft Windows XP Home Edition (on /dev/sda1)
I assume that I should be able to edit
grub to make the second entry default -- I have to be pretty snappy to catch it before that action goes ahead, so I would also like to lengthen the pause at the same time. However instructions on the Web for working with
grub seem confusing and contradictory.
It seems I should edit my
/etc/default/grub file, but I don't understand the various instructions on how to do it, so here it is:
[harry@Harry ~]$ cat /etc/default/grub GRUB_TIMEOUT=5 GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR="Fedora" GRUB_DEFAULT=saved GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="rd.lvm.lv=vg_harry/lv_swap rd.dm=0 SYSFONT=True rd.md=0 KEYTABLE=uk rd.luks=0 rd.lvm.lv=vg_harry/lv_root LANG=en_US.UTF-8 rhgb quiet" #GRUB_THEME="/boot/grub2/themes/system/theme.txt"[harry@Harry ~]$
I have no problem with booting Windows if I select that option. I need Windoze for some of the electronics related software I use.
Please can anyone help with this? Please don't suggest I go to more up-to-date versions, I work on the principle that "if it works, don't fix it", and I am very happy with Fedora 17, apart from this
grub problem; and with using Windoze XP3 when I have to.