Dell Needs to Boot From Primary Slave Drive - How?

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    matt_thumper

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    Hello,

    I have a Dell Dimension 4400 (BIOS A02) which I've upgraded over the years and it is now our secondary home computer and it's running RedHat Linux.

    It has two hard drives in it, like when it used to be a Windows machine.
    Then, they were C:\ and D:\.

    The problem is that in order for me to successfully boot up Linux I have to hit F12 and go into the boot menu:

    Boot Device Menu
    ================

    1. Normal
    2. Primary Master Drive
    3. Primary Slave Drive
    4. Diskette Drive
    5. Hard-Disk Drive C:
    6. IDE CD-ROM Device

    7. System Setup
    8. IDE Drive Diagnostics
    9. Boot to Utility Partition

    Enter a choice: 1

    ---- And there I have to change the '1' (Normal, whatever that is....) to a '3' (Primary Slave Drive ).
    Then it boots up just fine.

    My Dell boot sequence interface only gives me 3 options and I can't add to them:
    1. Diskette Drive
    2. Hard-Disk Drive C:\
    3. IDE CD-ROM Device

    So I don't see a way to tell it to boot from the 'Primary Slave Drive'.

    Can I change the BIOS to automatically boot to the 'Primary Slave Drive'?
    If so, how do I do it.

    TIA,
    Matt
     
    matt_thumper, Apr 30, 2010
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    resolved

    changed 'root (hd0,0)' in grub.conf to 'root (hd1,0)'
     
    matt_thumper, May 6, 2010
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