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pewterbot9
May 22nd, 2010, 01:27 AM
Hello, I just fresh-install upgraded from Jaunty Jackalope to Lucid Lynx, on my dual-boot netbook. Now, the startup menu does appear when I boot up, but only for a fraction of a second! Default bootup is of course, Ubuntu, but since the menu flashes by so fast, there's no way I can access the other choices, including Windoze Expee.

So I installed Startup Manager, and set the timeout to 10 seconds. (And to "show text during boot".) Still, the startup menu flashed by, no delay at all, not even a second! Tried setting timeout to 100 seconds, and once more, this did not help. (Examining grub.cfg shows the timeout was changed to my specs...I just viewed the file.)

I searched for bootup problems in ubuntu forums, but did not find any problem similar to mine. My situation seems to be that I simply can't get the startup menu to delay, so I might access it.

How do I manage to correct this? TIA.

darkod
May 22nd, 2010, 01:41 AM
If you follow these instructions and post the content of the results file, it will show more:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=8844901&postcount=4

pewterbot9
May 22nd, 2010, 03:38 AM
If you follow these instructions and post the content of the results file, it will show more:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=8844901&postcount=4

Here it is, for your delectation, thanks:

--begin RESULTS.txt:

Boot Info Script 0.55 dated February 15th, 2010

============================= Boot Info Summary: ==============================

=> Grub 2 is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks on the same drive in
partition #5 for /boot/grub.
=> Syslinux is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdb

sda1: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: vfat
Boot sector type: Windows XP: Fat32
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files/dirs: /ntldr /NTDETECT.COM

sda2: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows XP
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System: Windows XP
Boot files/dirs: /boot.ini /ntldr /NTDETECT.COM

sda3: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: vfat
Boot sector type: Windows XP: Fat32
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files/dirs:

sda4: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: Extended Partition
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:

sda5: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ext4
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Operating System: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
Boot files/dirs: /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab /boot/grub/core.img

sda6: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: swap
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:

sdb1: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: vfat
Boot sector type: Fat32
Boot sector info: According to the info in the boot sector, sdb1 starts
at sector 0. But according to the info from fdisk,
sdb1 starts at sector 63.
Operating System:
Boot files/dirs:

=========================== Drive/Partition Info: =============================

Drive: sda ___________________ __________________________________________________ ___

Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders, total 312581808 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Partition Boot Start End Size Id System

/dev/sda1 63 8,193,149 8,193,087 12 Compaq diagnostics
/dev/sda2 * 8,193,150 90,124,649 81,931,500 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 90,124,650 270,855,899 180,731,250 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/sda4 270,855,961 312,576,704 41,720,744 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 270,855,963 311,468,219 40,612,257 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 311,468,283 312,576,704 1,108,422 82 Linux swap / Solaris


Drive: sdb ___________________ __________________________________________________ ___

Disk /dev/sdb: 8166 MB, 8166309888 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 992 cylinders, total 15949824 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Partition Boot Start End Size Id System

/dev/sdb1 63 15,936,479 15,936,417 b W95 FAT32


blkid -c /dev/null: __________________________________________________ __________

Device UUID TYPE LABEL

/dev/sda1 00C6-B478 vfat WINRE
/dev/sda2 F21CC8FE1CC8BEBB ntfs OS_Install
/dev/sda3 1D05-213F vfat FAT32
/dev/sda4: PTTYPE="dos"
/dev/sda5 a9b4dd38-1c9c-46e8-b531-d009a1555999 ext4
/dev/sda6 a7cc1653-3c3f-489d-9ab4-f27190a4da22 swap
/dev/sda: PTTYPE="dos"
/dev/sdb1 F1E7-28C1 vfat 8G class 6
/dev/sdb: PTTYPE="dos"

============================ "mount | grep ^/dev output: ===========================

Device Mount_Point Type Options

/dev/sda5 / ext4 (rw,errors=remount-ro)
/dev/sda2 /media/sda2 fuseblk (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,allow_other,blksize=4096)
/dev/sdb1 /media/8G class 6 vfat (rw,nosuid,nodev,uhelper=udisks,uid=1000,gid=1000, shortname=mixed,dmask=0077,utf8=1,flush)


================================ sda2/boot.ini: ================================

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOW S
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

=========================== sda5/boot/grub/grub.cfg: ===========================

#
# DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
#
# It is automatically generated by /usr/sbin/grub-mkconfig using templates
# from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub
#

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
if [ -s $prefix/grubenv ]; then
load_env
fi
set default="0"
if [ ${prev_saved_entry} ]; then
set saved_entry=${prev_saved_entry}
save_env saved_entry
set prev_saved_entry=
save_env prev_saved_entry
set boot_once=true
fi

function savedefault {
if [ -z ${boot_once} ]; then
saved_entry=${chosen}
save_env saved_entry
fi
}

function recordfail {
set recordfail=1
if [ -n ${have_grubenv} ]; then if [ -z ${boot_once} ]; then save_env recordfail; fi; fi
}
insmod ext2
set root='(hd0,5)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set a9b4dd38-1c9c-46e8-b531-d009a1555999
if loadfont /usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then
set gfxmode=640x480
insmod gfxterm
insmod vbe
if terminal_output gfxterm ; then true ; else
# For backward compatibility with versions of terminal.mod that don't
# understand terminal_output
terminal gfxterm
fi
fi
insmod ext2
set root='(hd0,5)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set a9b4dd38-1c9c-46e8-b531-d009a1555999
set locale_dir=($root)/boot/grub/locale
set lang=en
insmod gettext
if [ ${recordfail} = 1 ]; then
set timeout=-1
else
set timeout=25
fi
### END /etc/grub.d/00_header ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
set menu_color_normal=white/black
set menu_color_highlight=black/light-gray
### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.32-22-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
recordfail
insmod ext2
set root='(hd0,5)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set a9b4dd38-1c9c-46e8-b531-d009a1555999
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-22-generic root=UUID=a9b4dd38-1c9c-46e8-b531-d009a1555999 ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-22-generic
}
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.32-22-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
recordfail
insmod ext2
set root='(hd0,5)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set a9b4dd38-1c9c-46e8-b531-d009a1555999
echo 'Loading Linux 2.6.32-22-generic ...'
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-22-generic root=UUID=a9b4dd38-1c9c-46e8-b531-d009a1555999 ro single
echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-22-generic
}
### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+)" {
insmod ext2
set root='(hd0,5)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set a9b4dd38-1c9c-46e8-b531-d009a1555999
linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin
}
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
insmod ext2
set root='(hd0,5)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set a9b4dd38-1c9c-46e8-b531-d009a1555999
linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
}
### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
menuentry "Windows NT/2000/XP (on /dev/sda1)" {
insmod fat
set root='(hd0,1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 00c6-b478
drivemap -s (hd0) ${root}
chainloader +1
}
menuentry "Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (on /dev/sda2)" {
insmod ntfs
set root='(hd0,2)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set f21cc8fe1cc8bebb
drivemap -s (hd0) ${root}
chainloader +1
}
### END /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
# This file provides an easy way to add custom menu entries. Simply type the
# menu entries you want to add after this comment. Be careful not to change
# the 'exec tail' line above.
### END /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###

=============================== sda5/etc/fstab: ===============================

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
# Use 'blkid -o value -s UUID' to print the universally unique identifier
# for a device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name
# devices that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
#
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
proc /proc proc nodev,noexec,nosuid 0 0
/dev/sda5 / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1
# swap was on /dev/sda6 during installation
UUID=a7cc1653-3c3f-489d-9ab4-f27190a4da22 none swap sw 0 0
UUID=F21CC8FE1CC8BEBB /media/sda2 ntfs-3g users 0 0

=================== sda5: Location of files loaded by Grub: ===================


149.6GB: boot/grub/core.img
150.6GB: boot/grub/grub.cfg
150.7GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-22-generic
150.6GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-22-generic
150.7GB: initrd.img
150.6GB: vmlinuz

--end RESULTS.txt

darkod
May 22nd, 2010, 12:15 PM
It all looks good. Sorry, I have no idea why it wouldn't show you the menu properly. :(

pewterbot9
May 22nd, 2010, 06:55 PM
It all looks good. Sorry, I have no idea why it wouldn't show you the menu properly. :(

Well thanks for giving it your best shot. And that's what I posted originally: my problem isn't the same as other bootup issues I've found in these forums.

Once I use Startup Manager to make Windoze Expee the default, I will lose my access to Linux. But then I can find a Windoze-based dual-boot utility, to resolve this problem.

Perhaps someone else will chime in, with an answer to this problem. Strangely, I've never had a Linux problem resolved through this board, or any other. So I'm kinda used to it.

pewterbot9
May 23rd, 2010, 02:16 AM
Hey darkod, you'll be glad to know I resolved my bootup problem by using a 3rd-party bootmanager:

GAG, the Graphical Boot Manager
http://sourceforge.net/projects/gag/

Works like a charm, very user friendly. I highly recommend this application for anyone else, should Ubuntu's GRUB fail them.