[ubuntu-uk] Diagnostics tools

Neil Greenwood neil.greenwood.lug at gmail.com
Mon Oct 4 21:02:05 BST 2010

On 4 October 2010 20:16, javadayaz <javadayaz at gmail.com> wrote:
> Ok booted up....what next please?
Sorry for the delay, I had to do some research on Grub1. :-)

What version of grub are you running? That's the program that is
displaying the boot menu.
You can look in Synaptic and search for 'grub', or type 'dpkg --list
grub' in a terminal - if this is installed the last line shown will
start 'ii'.

If the 'grub' package is installed, that's Grub1. Otherwise you're
using Grub2 (which probably has a version number of 1.97 or 1.98).

For Grub1, you need to edit /boot/grub/menu.lst (that's LST in lower
case), and 'uncomment' the 'hiddenmenu' option. IIRC, it will
currently have 2 # marks at the front of the line, change it to just

For Grub2 you need to edit /etc/default/grub, and you need to look for
be set to 0 (zero). GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT should be set to a value
between zero and about 2.

Whichever file you are editing, you will need to have root permission
to edit it (try Alt-F2, then type 'gksu gedit <filename>' without the
quotes and replacing the filename for the relevant version of Grub).

If you get stuck, let us know.


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