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  1. Agustin's Linux Manual
  2. System Administration
  3. About the Author
  4. Contents
  5. Administration
  6. Terminals
  7. Command Basics
  8. Root Directory
  9. Executing Commands
  10. File specs
  11. File Permission
  12. How permissions are assigned
  13. Change ownership chown
  14. Running multiple commands
  15. Killing Processes
  16. Bash configuration files
  17. VI Editor
  18. Creating path environment
  19. Midnight Commander
  20. Linuxconf Utility
  21. Networking
  22. Domain Name Service DNS
  23. Router and Gateway
  24. Adding Users
  25. User Accounts
  26. Managing Groups
  27. Mounting File System
  28. NFS Mounts
  29. Disk Quotas
  30. Run levels
  31. Linuxconf Control
  32. Mandrake Control Center
  33. Creating a Boot Disk
  34. Switching Boot Mode
  35. Hardware Configurations
  36. Printer Configuration
  37. Installing Printers
  38. Samba Printer
  39. Managing services
  40. Managing Users
  41. Program Scheduler
  42. Software Management
  43. Installing CUPS

Creating a Boot Disk

During installation, you had the chance to create a boot disk. If you did not create it, here you have the option to create it. This boot diskette creation is a rescue disk and allows you to perform some maintenance tasks on your system in case of failure.

Create Boot Disk
Fig 4.2
Boot Disk By clicking the boot disk icon, the system starts to gather the necessary information to create the bootable floppy. When the information is ready to be written, make sure you have a floppy disk, and it is not write protected. Insert it in the floppy drive and click OK.
  • Build the disk.
  • Click OK

Wait for the drive to finish writing the floppy, when finished it will be ready for use.

Your Boot-Up Configuration

Mandrake Control CenterThis tool allows you to change the setting in your Lilo/Grub boot manager. You can specify whether to boot the system in text or graphical login mode. By clicking this icon, it takes you to the configuration screen which displays your current boot loader. Figure 4.3 allows you to switch the boot mode from text to graphical. If the Launch graphical environment is selected, the system will boot prompting the login in graphical mode.
Lilo/grub mode
Fig 4.3

If you click the Configure button, it launches the boot loader setup. You will be presented two dropdown arrows.

Fig 4.4

The first drop down arrow enables you to switch from one boot loader to another with options to boot from graphical or text mode.

The second allows you to choose the device from which to boot. There is a third option for setting the timer in seconds, which is the delay on your menu if you are dual booting. I don't think you will need to change any of these settings, but it is nice to know if you need to troubleshoot. Remember, if it is working, don't fix it.

The advanced button keeps other interesting features, such as video mode startup (resolution), and cleaning up the /tmp at each boot.