[CentOS] GRUB Timeout problem

William L. Maltby CentOS4Bill at triad.rr.com
Thu Dec 4 01:06:58 UTC 2008

On Wed, 2008-12-03 at 15:44 -0600, Mark Snyder wrote:
> I recently installed CentOS 5.1 on a DL71 ASI notebook. 
> After my yum update the timeout parameter in /boot/grub/grub.conf file 
> has no effect.  It sits at the grub screen forever unless I press the 
> enter key to select a kernel, at which point it will boot.
> Any help or suggestions to fix this would be much appreciated
> CentOS release 5.2 (Final)
> Kernel 2.6.18-92.1.18.el5 on an i686
> # grub.conf generated by anaconda
> #
> # Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
> # NOTICE:  You have a /boot partition.  This means that
> #          all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
> #          root (hd0,0)
> #          kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/hda3
> #          initrd /initrd-version.img
> #boot=/dev/hda
> default=0
> timeout=10
> splashimage=(hd0,0)/grub/splash.xpm.gz

Your conf looks like mine, mostly, except for the
"splashimage=(hd0,0)/grub/splash.xpm.gz". I did a quick "info grub" and
paged through (_very_ quickly - you might want to double check) and
there was no entry for splashimage that I spotted. Maybe that's an old
parameter? Or?? Maybe someone more knowledgeable will know. Try removing
that and see if it makes a difference.

> hiddenmenu
> title CentOS (2.6.18-92.1.18.el5)
>         root (hd0,0)
>         kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.18-92.1.18.el5 ro root=LABEL=/ rhgb quiet
>         initrd /initrd-2.6.18-92.1.18.el5.img
> title CentOS (2.6.18-53.el5)
>        root (hd0,0)
>        kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.18-53.el5 ro root=LABEL=/ rhgb quiet
>        initrd /initrd-2.6.18-53.el5.img
> ~
> ~
> "grub.conf" 21L, 725C

Another possibility is a bug, I guess. Try upgrading to 5.2 (yum update
after ensuring your repos are good).

> Mark Snyder
> <snip sig stuff>


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