Monday, July 28, 2008

Booting thru GRUB command line

Lately I have come across many questions , related to GRUB . Most common of the problems are
1. Installed windows after installing Linux , so there is no GRUB to boot to linux . How to get the grub ?
2. In case of GRUB failure , on a machine that has multiple OS , how to boot ?

Well in most of the cases , you have the #grub-install command that will do the job for you . But in order to run the command you need to be in linux env . And in case , where you are not able to boot in to linux might cause problems .

A simple solution for this is to have a grub floppy , that will help you boot in to required OS .
Or if you have a sloaris bootable disk , you get the grub along with it . So no need to try the floppy stuff. Boot from
cd/dvd , enter grub command line .. try the below options . .

ex: In this case if you want to boot into windows
grub> rootnoverify (hd0,0)
grub> makeactive
grub> chainloader +1
grub> boot

If you have more than one OS(in this example lets take Linux and Windows).
Then the kernel needs to be set : boot to linux (in my machine Linux is at (hd0,4) so
grub> root (hd0,4)
grub> kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.15-8-i386 ro root=/dev/
grub> initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.15-8-i386
grub> boot
(Change the text in red to suite your system )

Happy Booting :)

Friday, July 25, 2008

Brahma Kamala (Selenicereus grandiflorus)

The night bloom, or ratri rani in kannada . The Brahma Kamala of India or Selenicereus grandiflorus . Its a treat to watch the flower bloom . The speciality about this flower is that , it blooms only once a year , and only at night . Was lucky to catch it bloom at my place :-)

Belongs to cactus family and has pleasent odor . The milky white flower when in full bloom , is a beauty . It unfolds its petals as if to form a chakra . Usually when they bloom , they do so in numbers . 10's 20's of them , all in full bloom.. just a treat to watch . And a festival for photographers :)

You can find more on this flower at ""

Thursday, July 24, 2008

1 year Experience!

July 23rd 2008 , i updated my resume : Years of experience : 1 :)
Well its been a long , eventful(lots and lots of events ;)) year . Same time last , probably a day or two earlier , i was thinking what to do . Confused as to which company to join . Then the mind of a CS student from Bangalore kicked in " Obviously a PRODUCT COMPANY" , for all those 4 years of engineering. So there it all began, NOKIA SIEMENS NETWORKS , MG Road Bangalore .

U got to be lucky to have office in MG Road. Lots of restaurants , nice crowd in Brigade ;) and lot more . Best part of all , just 11kms from home . With all the anxiety and fear . . and enthusiasm , thinking what to answer when seniors ask me questions ... man.. isn't it memorable.I have been lucky in many ways . Made good friends , part of the coolest team in the company I should say . Its these small matters like , your comfort in the work , and the team , that matters in your long term relation with the company . Ill surely feel bad in case I have to leave this team .

Well lots of trips , making movies , birthday parties , team outings , and little bit of work :) ....
Its 23rd July 2008 . My 1year in office :)

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