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When I installed a Grub with dual booting Windows Xp and Suse Linux 9.3 the grub menu didn't use a friendly gui it uses a text based grub 0.95 is there any way to fix it so it boots into the friendly gui

Friendly Gui is the fancy graphics I am refering to
cagey cretin
I *think* you mean that you want to boot into run level 5...You can edit your /etc/inittab file to start in runlevel 5:

Change the line:


And you should be good to go. Back up your original just in case...

Below is my inittab file (RedHat 9):

# inittab       This file describes how the INIT process should set up
#               the system in a certain run-level.
# Author:       Miquel van Smoorenburg, <>
#               Modified for RHS Linux by Marc Ewing and Donnie Barnes
# Default runlevel. The runlevels used by RHS are:
#   0 - halt (Do NOT set initdefault to this)
#   1 - Single user mode
#   2 - Multiuser, without NFS (The same as 3, if you do not have networking)
#   3 - Full multiuser mode
#   4 - unused
#   5 - X11
#   6 - reboot (Do NOT set initdefault to this)
# System initialization.
l0:0:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 0
l1:1:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 1
l2:2:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 2
l3:3:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 3
l4:4:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 4
l5:5:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 5
l6:6:wait:/etc/rc.d/rc 6
ca::ctrlaltdel:/sbin/shutdown -t3 -r now
# When our UPS tells us power has failed, assume we have a few minutes
# of power left.  Schedule a shutdown for 2 minutes from now.
# This does, of course, assume you have powerd installed and your
# UPS connected and working correctly.  
pf::powerfail:/sbin/shutdown -f -h +2 "Power Failure; System Shutting Down"
# If power was restored before the shutdown kicked in, cancel it.
pr:12345:powerokwait:/sbin/shutdown -c "Power Restored; Shutdown Cancelled"
# Run gettys in standard runlevels
1:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty1
2:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty2
3:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty3
4:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty4
5:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty5
6:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty tty6
# Run xdm in runlevel 5
x:5:respawn:/etc/X11/prefdm -nodaemon
I think he's referring to the actual grub screen itself. Usually SUSE installs with a pretty blue or green boot menu for you to select Linux or Windows, but other distributions such as Debian/Ubuntu bring you to an ugly black and white boot menu.

This is controled through your /boot/grub/grub.conf file. There should be an entry in there for "gfxmenu", make sure that what that line points to actually exists on your system:

# Modified by YaST2. Last modification on 12:35:56 UTC 2005

color white/blue black/light-gray
default 0
timeout 8
gfxmenu (hd0,3)/boot/message

###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###
title SUSE LINUX 9.3
  kernel (hd0,3)/boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hdb4 vga=0x31a selinux=0  splash=silent resume=/dev/hdb3  showopts
  initrd (hd0,3)/boot/initrd

###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: windows###
title Windows
  root (hd0,0)
  chainloader +1
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