Can't Trigger Grub Menu in Mint 13

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Can't Trigger Grub Menu in Mint 13

Postby buzzingrobot on Wed May 23, 2012 6:34 pm

What's the trick of getting into the Grub menu in Mint 13 Cinnamon?

It was tricky in the RC. I've installed the release from DVD and need to add some boot options to Grub. (My Nividia card + Nouveau = black screen). So far, it's impossible there.

I've rebooted 4 times, trying tapping and holding both shift and tab. No sign of the Grub menu. What's the secret?
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Re: Can't Trigger Grub Menu in Mint 13

Postby dritzominous on Wed May 23, 2012 9:57 pm

Have you tried:

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sudo update-grub
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Re: Can't Trigger Grub Menu in Mint 13

Postby jfet41 on Thu May 24, 2012 4:01 am

Try to press either "Esc" or "Shift" after BIOS screen.
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Re: Can't Trigger Grub Menu in Mint 13

Postby barryp on Thu May 24, 2012 4:40 am

Me too. Mint 13 Mate, upgraded from RC via Mint Update. Blank screen.

I tried grub-update as well as pressing escape or shift, no dice.

I changed the Grub timeout from 0 to 5 but it still didn't appear.
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Re: Can't Trigger Grub Menu in Mint 13

Postby jfet41 on Thu May 24, 2012 4:57 am

Please try this:
GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET=FALSE
GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT=
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Re: Can't Trigger Grub Menu in Mint 13

Postby buzzingrobot on Thu May 24, 2012 6:14 am

Thank for the replies. I got in by holding down a shift key as soon as the BIOS was loaded.

Running update-grub, etc., weren't options because the system wasn't responding and the screen was black, as mentioned. There is a bug in the 3.2/3.3 kernels. As soon as the boot process attempts to load the Nouveau driver (the open source Nvidia driver) machines with certain Nvidia cards (mine is a 550ti) lock up. WIth Mint 13, I had to edit the installer's Grub menu to get it to run, and , of course, do the same after the install until I could install the proprietary Nvidia drivers, which also blacklists Nouveau.
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Re: Can't Trigger Grub Menu in Mint 13

Postby barryp on Fri May 25, 2012 4:28 am

Hi jfet,

Thanks, I tried
GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET=FALSE
GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT=


But I still had an invisible grub.

Solution: un-comment the line that says #gfx640x480
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I found it here:

http://melpctec.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/no-grub-menu-at-bootup-ubuntu-1104.html
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Re: Can't Trigger Grub Menu in Mint 13

Postby DeanoUk on Fri Aug 17, 2012 4:44 pm

This solved my problem me thinking it was me installing it wrongly installed re-installed like 4 times losing 1.5 TB of data :P

Run as administrator in system file /etc/default/grub , un-comment the line that says #gfx640x480 by removing the #

and change GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET=FALSE , To True.

Terminal , sudo update-grub
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