PCLinuxOS was originally installed on my desktop PC (AMD Thunderbird 1.5 GHz/Abit KT7A motherboard) on a second hard drive, the first hard drive already containing a dual boot Windows 98/SimplyMepis configuration. Recently, because the arrival of a new widescreen monitor was too much for the very old Mepis OS, I installed a later Mepis version (8.0) over the top of the old one, keeping the old Mepis /home partition.
The hard disk partitioning on desktop PC is now:
First (bootable) hard drive:
hda1 Win98 5GB
hda5 FAT 2GB
hda6 /root 5GB
hda8 /home 20GB
Second hard drive:
hdb5 /home 60GB
hdb6 /root 12GB
This works, but with a number of differences from the performance prior to installing the latest Mepis upgrade:
GRUB: When the PCLinuxOS drive was added, the GRUB GUI was pclos branded; now it's Mepis branded, which is a pity, because the first boot option in GRUB is my main OS, PCLinuxOS. How can I re-impose the PCLinuxOS branding at this point in time?
PCLinuxOS: This now boots up via a very elegant, but exceedingly slow-acting splash screen of the bull motif which takes 60 seconds or so to develop its full contrast, during which time there appears to be no hard disk activity whatever. A similar situation happens at shut-down, although the fading out of the bull motif is quicker and the disk activity LED shows activity. Is it possible to speed up the animation of the splash screen, particularly at boot-up?
Windows 98: Although the Windows stanza in the GRUB menu.lst code is identical to how it was before the latest upgrade of Mepis, the attempt to boot Windows fails with an error message telling me that HIMEM.SYS is not found. I can get at my user files on the Windows partition, and don't often need to boot into Windows nowadays, but the lack of Windows is irritating. I hesitate to ask on a Linux forum, but does anybody have any painless solution to getting Windows up and running again?
For reference, the GRUB menu.lst code in the Mepis /boot/grub directory on the first disk is currently (including some redundant Mepis sections generated automatically by Mepis):
color cyan/blue white/blue
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-18.104.22.168-pclos1.bfs root=/dev/sdb6 keyb=uk splash=silent fstab=rw vga=788
title MEPIS at sda6, newest kernel
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/sda6 nomce quiet splash vga=788 resume=/dev/sda7
title MEPIS at sda6, previous kernel (if any)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz.old root=/dev/sda6 nomce quiet splash vga=788 resume=/dev/sda7
title MEPIS at sda6, kernel 2.6.27-1-mepis-smp
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-1-mepis-smp root=/dev/sda6 nomce quiet splash vga=788 resume=/dev/sda7
title Windows 95/98/Me at hda1