Two straight up noob questions really.
1- When Ubuntu loads up, the initial brightness is set so low the backlight is off. I can turn it up using the hotkey, but was wondering if there's a way to adjust the load up brightness setting so i don't have to do this each time.

2- is there a setting whereby the purple grub OS selection screen can be bypassed to speed up boot time? I already have to pick Win7/Ubuntu immediately at startup then pick Ubuntu again in the grub screen. thanks!