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Invisible GRUB menu

Postby thenewguy on Sat Feb 06, 2010 9:29 pm

When I turn my laptop on, I got a very brief text message which, I think, says "Loading GRUB". The screen then goes black for about two seconds. Then I see the Linux Mint logo. I'm new to GRUB2, but I think my time-out is set for 10 seconds (I haven't modified GRUB's config at all). So I'm wondering why the GRUB menu is invisible. It's not an issue now, but I'd like to be able to see menu before a problem comes up. Any suggestions?
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Re: Invisible GRUB menu

Postby breaker on Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:36 am

I'm sure you didn't mean to double-post
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Re: Invisible GRUB menu

Postby thenewguy on Sun Feb 07, 2010 9:22 am

No, I didn't. Sorry. I got an time-out error after the first "submit" and hit "submit" again to make sure it went through. Apparently it did.... both times.
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Re: Invisible GRUB menu

Postby Leppie on Tue Feb 09, 2010 10:25 pm

if the install hosting grub2 is the only operating system on a machine, the grub2 menu is hideen by default. you can change this in the grub defaults file.
open the grub defaults file with a text editor:
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gksudo nano /etc/default/grub

comment out the following two lines like this:
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#GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT=0
#GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET=true

save and exit, and run update-grub:
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sudo update-grub

the menu should now show for 10 seconds, before booting into helena
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Re: Invisible GRUB menu

Postby thenewguy on Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:53 am

Thank you. I had figured out the lines to change in the GRUB defaults file, but didn't know to run "update-grub" afterward.
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