Category Archives: Administrative

Linux Problem

I’m trying to install on a new machine with Windows, and the LiveCD boots, but it doesn’t seem to see the keyboard or mouse. I can boot from Windows and another Linux drive, but when I boot from the LiveCD to do an installation, it just ignores me. Any ideas?

[Saturday-morning update]

OK, buy jiggering with the BIOS and UEFI settings, I managed to get it to boot. It says it installed Fedora on the drive that I shrunk the Windows partition. But when I reboot it without the USB key, I don’t get grub; it just boots into Windows. Now what?

[Update a while later]

OK, I don’t know why the BIOS wasn’t seeing it, or why I couldn’t add it, but Windows was seeing it. I forced Windows to load it on boot by editing the boot manager, so it seems to be working now.

[Update a while later]

OK, new problem. Grub is coming up now that I played around in Windows, but it’s making Fedora the default, which is a problem because I’m the only one who will be using it, and only a few times a year. I’ve read through all the instruction about changing it in Fedora, but they don’t show the Windows bootloader, and when I look at it in Windows, I don’t see anything except Windows, so I can’t change the order there, either.

[Update a few minutes later]

Success! I used this program to reconfigure grub, and although Linux is still at the top of the order, Windows now has an asterisk, and is the new default.

Happy Thanksgiving

Too busy getting things cleaned and fixed up around the house for guests later to put together an extensive compendium, but I’m thankful for both my and Patricia’s continuing good health, and prospects for interesting (and hopefully remunerative) space-related projects in the coming year. Best wishes of a grateful feast for all of my readers today.

[Update a while later]

Four trends for which to be grateful this Thanksgiving.

[Update a few minutes later]

The week in pictures, special Thanksgiving Day edition.