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Make XP default with Grub

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I am a complet beginner with linux. I just installed linux on a second harddrive of a computer that already has XP on the first harddrive. Both operating systems work fine. My problem is with Grub. It allows me to select my OS from a menu but only allows 3 seconds and defaults to linux.

Can anyone tell me how to change the default OS in grub? From my reading it looks like i need to edit the grub.conf file but I don't know how.

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To edit your grub.conf you will need to open a terminal, get root prevliges with su, and then run a text edit to modify the files, it should go something like this:




<enter you root password>

mount /boot

pico /boot/grub/grub.conf

<it may be /boot/grub.conf on your system>


Pico is a symple text editor that comes with most distros that I have used, you might also have 'nano' which is a pico clone. to save a file type 'ctrl+o', and to exit type 'ctrl+x'.


If you want to extend the time it waits at the selection screen, increase the value of 'timeout'.


You have two choices to change the default boot order. With my current setup my system defaults to Gentoo Linux 2.6.10. If I wanted it to default to Gentoo Linux 2.6.11-rc4 I could change the value of default to 1, or I could move the entire listing for 2.6.11-rc4 to be above the 2.6.10 entry. Changing the default setting is probably the best option.



default 0

timeout 4



title=Gentoo Linux 2.6.10


kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.10 root=/dev/hda3 gentoo=nodevfs


title=Gentoo Linux 2.6.11-rc4


kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.11-rc4 root=/dev/hda3 gentoo=nodevfs


If this doesn't work, let me know, and I'll to explain anything else I can. Also what distro are you using?

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