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 Post subject: a few quick questions about GRUB (resolved)
PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 11:00 am 
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hi all,

My sister recently borked her Vista install and asked me to fix it, which I did. but then I got to thinking. my sister has a magical ability to bork any windows install she gets her hands on for any length of time regardless of any precautions or scanners I install. this really came back to bite her recently when she was without her computer for most of the last semster and she had to use library computers for everything. So i figured I would install Ubuntu as a backup OS if (I say "if" but I really mean "when") she borkes her windows again. so she will at least have a functioning computer between the time she borks it and the next time I see her. so I installed it and both OS's are working perfectly. the problem (as you may have guessed from the title) is grub.

when the computer boots these are the options grub presents me with

Ubuntu 9.04, kernel 2.6.28-11-generic
Ubuntu 9.04, kernel 2.6.28-11-generic (recovery mode)
Ubuntu 9.04, kernel 2.6.28-7-generic
Ubuntu 9.04, kernel 2.6.28-7-generic (recovery mode)
Ubuntu 9.04, memtest 86+
Other operating systems: *this is also selectable but gives you an error if you select it*
Windows Vista/Longhorn (loader)
Microsoft Windows XP Embedded *this was confusing since XP is not on this system, when you boot of this option if gives you an error and returns you to the screen*

I have 3 problems

1. with my sister, KISS rules apply, I don't want to confuse her with that many options . I would like to completely remove the following from the list (including the "other OS line"):

Ubuntu 9.04, kernel 2.6.28-7-generic
Ubuntu 9.04, kernel 2.6.28-7-generic (recovery mode)
Ubuntu 9.04, memtest 86+
Other operating systems:
Microsoft Windows XP Embedded

how would I go about doing that?

2. currently the default selection is ubuntu, I would like to make that Vista

3. the current timer is set at 10 seconds, I would like to make that 2 seconds


if anyone can help with one or more of these issues I would appreciate it


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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 11:43 am 
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Code:
sudo nano /boot/grub/menu.lst


Everything you need is in there. Comment out (or delete) the lines for the Boot options you don't want and change the time out value. It is a simple int value.

Be warned though, Ubuntu's grub is verbose in comments and has a nasty habit of re-writing the entire menu when you do an upgrade through apt.


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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 12:03 pm 
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thanks, that worked perfectly


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