Friday, June 17, 2005

OpenDarwin 7.2.1 - Setting the default boot device

When you first boot OpenDarwin 7.2.1 (x86) I found that on Virtual PC, I have to hit enter to get to the boot prompt, and then manually specify the boot device. The format of this command is:
  • rd=disk0s1 -v
Now the specific device might vary on your installation so you'll have to possible put different values for the channel and device (e.g. disk#s#). The '-v' is the switch for verbose mode.

After completing an installation, you can go and edit the preferences file:
  • /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/
Look for the 'Kernel Flags' key tag and enter the same string that you used above (e.g. rd=disk0s1) within the string tags following it. This will set your default boot device.


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