increasing grub timeout?

John Summerfield debian at
Wed Nov 25 00:30:09 UTC 2009

Michal Jaegermann wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 04:05:57AM -0500, Kamil Paral wrote:
>> For example in the Windows world,
>> the bootloader doesn't show any items and doesn't wait, but *everyone
>> knows* that you just press F8 again and again on computer start if
>> you want to get into the rescue mode. Even my "common users" friends
>> know that (which also says something about product quality ;)).
> That sounds pretty terrible for that simple reason that with many
> current BIOSes F8 is used to bring a "choose your boot device" menu
> (and that usually includes booting from a network).  If that key is
> "stolen" that this is a serious breakage.  Or you mean that if you
> will use that early enough then BIOS will handle it but if you hit
> that in a proper moment, not too early and not too late, then
> Windows bootloader will interpret that?  In such case you are back
> to a "time that right" keystroke as is often the case with such
> things in a boot sequence regardless if you are booting something or
> want to get to BIOS.

That's the one. Timing is everything, and if too late then it's start 
from the beginning.



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