intro and grub question

Bry Paula Melvin brymelvin at
Wed Feb 14 16:47:06 UTC 2007

On Wed, 2007-02-14 at 09:47 -0600, Tim M wrote:
> Hi, I am trying to install Kubuntu on my backup computer. My main computer 
> uses dual boots Ubuntu and XP (for my scanner). The backup computer uses 
> Ubuntu and I had wanted to dual boot between Ubuntu an Kubuntu but I am 
> having a problem with the boot loader or maybe the BIOS. When the boot 
> loader starts I don't have access to the keyboard! So it boots into where 
> system is default. For some reason I cannot get into the BIOS on that HP 850 
> mhz motherboard. No matter what key I hit it simply will not go into setup. 
> So, can anyone tell me how to edit grub so I can switch default OS's? I 
> tried once before and ended up with a REAL MESS.
> Thanks, Tim
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You didn't give the computer particulars...but is this perchance one of
the designs inherited from the compaq hp merger that uses f10 for setup?

Is this a usb keyboard...on an older machine sometimes there is a
"legacy usb" setting in the bios needed to access a usb keyboard or

In which case you would need to use a ps2 keyboard to access the
bios...ran into this back with OS/2 a few years ago when changing to usb
wireless keyboards etc.

not a grub expert so can't help much there ...use yaboot mostly now


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