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Klaus Knopper is the creator of Knoppix and co-founder of LinuxTag expo. He works as a teacher, programmer, and consultant. If you have a configuration problem, or if you just want to learn more about how Linux works, send your questions to: klaus@linux-magazine.com

Hello Klaus: I read your advice in LM Jan 2012 regarding installation on a hard disk. I followed the instructions for 1GB swap partition and ReiserFS partition, and Knoppix 7 installed without any problems, but something is going wrong with the GRUB bootloader. It displays a menu but doesn’t respond to the keyboard and doesn’t default boot on timeout either.

I am installing on an old Acer Travelmate 3750 laptop with a P3 processor. It has problems in that it doesn’t work at all without a mains connection and complains about CMOS settings on startup. That just means I have to boot and then set the time/ date – it worked fine with Ubuntu Maverick but was just a bit too slow, which is why I decided to try Knoppix instead.

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