Resolved: Ran updates,now grub messed up.

NoOp glgxg at
Fri Jun 18 19:32:15 UTC 2010

On 06/18/2010 07:33 AM, Edwin McGuire wrote:
>>  Sorry for leading you astray. just meant that Grub menu loads.
> .> How do i fix the default OS. It used to default to XP before upgrade.
> I cant seem to change menu.lst,seems it wont save after i change file.
>  Thanks again
> Ed

Follow the instructions others have provided for grub2 (gksudo gedit
/etc/default/grub change GRUB_DEFAULT to the value you wish [1]).

However a GUI might be easier for you. Are you still at the friend's
w/internet access? If so:

$ sudo apt-get install startupmanager

Then System|Administration|Startup-manager

You can then easily select the default. If you're no longer at the
friend's place, I can email you the startupmanager .deb file - it's only
117kB. However, it depend on:
    GRand Unified Bootloader, version 2 (PC/BIOS version)
or grub
    GRand Unified Bootloader
#dep: menu
    generates programs menu for all menu-aware applications
#dep: python
    An interactive high-level object-oriented language (default version)
#dep: python-central (>= 0.6.11)
    register and build utility for Python packages
#dep: python-glade2 (>= 2.12)
    GTK+ bindings: Glade support
#dep: python-gnome2 (>= 2.20)
    Python bindings for the GNOME desktop environment
#dep: python-libxml2 (>= 2.6.30)
    Python bindings for the GNOME XML library
#dep: yelp
    Help browser for GNOME 2

so check to see if you have those already installed (you most likely do
with the exception of 'menu' & I can send you that as well if need be).

Rather than quoting from the
<> page, I'll
just email you a pdf will the entire page so that you can read. Note:
I'm assuming you're back home & are back to email only access.

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