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How do I prevent Ubuntu updates from restoring old boot parameters?

By Jay Garmon Contributor ·
When I first installed Ubuntu 5.10 on an old laptop, I had to work around a VGA driver bug. To get through the text-based install process, I had to pass the vga=771 boot parameter, so the system could work with my laptop display. The problem was that this parameter saved the text system, but screwed up the GNOME GUI. Once I got through the install, I jumped into a text-based terminal, went into the GRUB menu.lst file and took out the vga=771 parameters from all the kernel boot options at the bottom of the file (all the stuff that wasn't commented out).

Fine, great, except that almost every time I get Breezy Ubuntu updates, the original vga=771 boot parameter is restored, and I have to go through the removal process all over again! Does anyone know why the original *optional* parameter I specified during install is being restored by the Breezy updates--and how I can prevent it from happening again?

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by apotheon In reply to How do I prevent Ubuntu u ...

I haven't tested or researched this, so I can't be sure it won't hose your system's boot process (in which case you might have to boot from a LiveCD to fix it) or that it will actually work, but you could simply try making menu.lst non-writeable.

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