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Old 11-03-2005, 08:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default boot sequence

I've read many pages and information and have gotten most of my answers... but one... and I apologize if I'm asking an already posted question. I understand that when installing a new OS on a brand new built computer, you must set the boot sequence to;

1) Floppy (obvious)
3) Hard Drive

This enables the CD-ROM to read the CD first instead of trying to load an empty hard drive. My first question is;

- Do I need to set the boot sequence BACK to

1) Floppy (obvious)
2) Hard Drive
3) CD-ROM?
after I install the OS?

I have a computer that I'm using now where I visited my BIOS recently and saw that my boot sequence was in the following order;

1) Floppy (obvious)
3) Hard Drive
4) Network

It was obviously like that for a long time since I haden't been in my BIOS or changed anything in my BIOS for quite some time however I changed the CD-ROM and Hard Drive order around upon realizing this. Nothing changed upon boot up so I assume this order doesnt effect much?

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Old 11-03-2005, 08:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's don't need to change your boot sequence at all, if you have an option along the lines of "Press F8 to boot from other device..."--could be a different key/worded different, or may not have it.

But...just think logically. If you have a floppy/CD-rom before the HDD, it will take a second or two longer for the computer to check if there's a diskette/CD, and if there is, to scan it for a boot image.

Personally, I have my HDD as first boot device...and disable the rest. It's just all preference. If you plan on using boot-diskettes, or need it to use LILO, you'd want it before the HDD. yeah, unless you plan on using a diskette or CD, just put the HDD first and if you ever need to use a diskette or CD, just go back in and put that as the first boot my opinion...
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