This document mirrors the antiX bootloader help menu that can be accessed by hitting F1 while in the boot loader as seen in this screen shot.

Help

WELCOME to antiX Linux: lean and mean!

The demo user password is "demo" (no quotes)
The root password is "root" (no quotes)

Press the [Esc] key to leave the help system

Using the Help System

The help system consists of a set of linked pages that you can navigate through with the follow keys.

Using [Left Arrow] or [Backspace] will take you to your place (same highlighted link) on the previous page.

Go to General Help

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General Help

This bootloader lets you select which program to launch (antiX Linux or memtest) and in the case of antiX Linux select which boot parameters (cheat codes) get set when the program launches. There are 3 ways to do this:

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F2: Select Language

Press F2 to get a list of supported languages. Select your language. This will automatically set the keyboard layout and the timezone. If your country has more than one timezone then use F3 to explicitly set the timezone for your area.

The menu is an easy shortcut for entering lang=language-code directly on the boot line.

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F3: Select Timezone

Press F3 to get at list of cities in various time zones. The cities are listed time zone order so they circle the globe eastward. If your area uses Daylight Savings Time then make sure you select a city that does also. Your system will be started using the timezone selected. Locations that observe Daylight Savings Time are marked with a trailing * (asterisk).

NOTE: You do not have to use this option if you have set a language and your country has only one time-zone.

The menu is an easy shortcut for entering tz=timezone directly on the boot line.

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F4: Miscellaneous Options

See Mounting Options for the rest of the F4 menu option.
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F4: Mounting Options

The Live system will dynamically update the fstab file whenever a usb drive gets plugged in. You can also choose to have drives mounted automatically when they are plugged in.

Note: Your automount choices are saved on persistent systems.

See Misc. Options for the rest of the F4 menu options.

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F5: Video Mode

There are 4 options. Default should work for most users.

The antiX core system has Console menu instead.

You can also set the resolution by directly typing in xres=resolution. This is useful if you want to force a resolution.

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F5: Console Resolution

The antiX core system does not come with X-windows installed so instead of a Video Mode menu there is a menu that lets you select the console resolution. If your system supports it, the modeset option should automatically give you the highest possible console resolution otherwise you can use these bootcodes to set the console resolution manually in base and full:

Return to the Video Mode menu.

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F6: Select Desktop Program

On full and base systems, there are a selection of desktop programs available. The F6 menu allows you to choose which desktop program to use. The menu also shows you the list of all desktop programs that are installed on the standard antiX iso (either full or base).

Desktops that start with Rox- (Rox pinboard) or Space- (SpaceFM desktop) come with desktop icons. These are often convenient for people who are just starting out.

If you are running a persistent system and you install new desktop programs then you can boot into one of them by typing desktop=desktop-program. You will need to have already run the program update-default-desktop in order for this to work.

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F7: Save Bootloader Settings

On LiveUSBs and Frugal installs, the F7 Save menu should appear.

LiveCDs have a DPI menu instead.

Set X-Windows Dots per Inch

The DPI (dots per inch) scales most font sizes inside of X-windows. The larger the DPI, the larger the fonts will be. The default value is 96.

Return to the F7 Save menu.

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Boot Option Instructions

There are many boot options available. They are usually only necessary if your system will not boot properly. To use the boot options just place the appropriate code in the Boot Options box at the bottom of the main screen. You may also need to edit or delete options that are already in the Boot Options box.

You can't make changes permanent on a LiveCD or a LiveDVD. You have to enter them each time you boot. You can make permanent changes on some LiveUSBs.

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antiX Options

These are options that are only available in antiX

NOTE: Four of these options are combined into the single antiX= option. For example antiX=LMX.

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Kernel Boot Options

Select a Boot Option to learn more about it.

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ACPI

ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) is a standard that defines power and configuration management interfaces between an operating system and the BIOS. By default, acpi is switched on when boot detects a BIOS newer than the year 2000. There are several commonly used parameters to control the behavior of ACPI:

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noXXXX

Skips detection of or enables support for specific hardware.

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PCI

Some PCI options:

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nodma

To mitigate some hardware problems that occur with IDE hard drives, try this kernel parameter:

ide=nodma -- switch off dma for IDE drives

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Information about antiX

Web site: http://antix.mepis.com
Forums: http://antix.freeforums.org

antiX is pronounced like the word antics, which means amusing, frivolous, or eccentric behavior. It is distributed as CD or ISO images that contain many quality Linux applications.

antiX is compiled to work with Pentium-class Intel and AMD processors or better. antiX will not work with 386 and 486 class processors. To install antiX on a hard drive, at least 1.5 GB of free space is required and a minimum of 2.5 GB is recommended.

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