No Grub Menu at Bootup Ubuntu 11.04 Solved

I solved the problem of no Grub Menu at Bootup in a Dual boot system with Ubuntu 11.04 and windows 7. Here is what I did.
In a terminal as sudo or root  edit the file /etc/default/grub un-comment the line that says #gfx640x480 by removing the #
then as sudo or root run the comand “update-grub” without the quotes.

Another way would to do a install of the startupmanager and use it to make the changes. “apt-get install startupmanager”

I hope that this will help someone who is having the same problem.


About Mel

Retired PC Consultant, Education Certificate Novel Networking installation and configuration. PC Repair Configuration and Networking. Commercial Pilot, Avid RVer. Enjoy Traveling with my Wife in our Travel Trailer. South in the winter Az, Texas, and summers in Utah
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8 Responses to No Grub Menu at Bootup Ubuntu 11.04 Solved

  1. Steven says:

    Hi,I have installed startupmanager and changed my boot default to windows, number 6 and I can see in /etc/default/grub that it has changed. However, on startup the first ubunto is the default, not 6 windows and it loads ubuntu.Any thoughts?thanks,steve

  2. Steven says:

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  3. Mel says:

    Hello StevenDid you do in a terminal "sudo update-grub" without the quotes, after you made the changes to /etc/default/grub? With Grub 2 you have to run "update-grub" after any changes to grubs configuration files for the changes to take effect.Mel

  4. Steve says:

    Yes. And the default = 6, which is the windows OS. But on restart the order has not changed, with windows as 6, and the highlighted OS is still the first one, Ubuntu.thanks,steve

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hi Mel,Thanks for this fix! After day long of searching on Ubuntu forums and trying of "grub-install", "chroot", "sudo apt-get install grub", "sudo apt-get install grub-pc", etc.. without any success I found your post tried it and problem solved!G TT

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hi Mel,it didn't work…i'm having the same problem.Also my grub menu is invisible.i already changed the etc/default/grub file (then update-grub) but still invisibleit's like this:GRUB_DEFAULT=0#GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT=0GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET=trueGRUB_TIMEOUT=10GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian`GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=""#GRUB_GFXMODE=640×480 (i already try without # too but it didn't work)i also installed the startupmanager, it seems normal but still not working…p.s. my monitor is a wide 23" 1920X1080, and i already made the test gfxmode=1920×1080 any suggestion?

  7. Mel says:

    Sorry it did not work for you. I would suggest that you goto Scots news letter forums Bruno's all things Linux. I am sure someone there could help solve your problem. I am traveling at the time and my Internet is spotty at best.MelGo Here:

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the post. I had tried just about everything else (Reinstalling grub, updating grub, even reinstalling linux several times) your post was the only one that worked.

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