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Change Time delay on GRUB


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jester620

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hey guys,

I'm slowly becoming familiar with Ubuntu (best distro out there). I've successfully got my system setup for dual-boot with Win XP Pro. However, I can't figure out how to change the time-delay that GRUB shows the boot options. Is it possible to change that time-delay to > 10 seconds? I don't know how many times I tell Win to restart and i get distracted long enough to see Ubuntu booting by default, as GRUB timed out to boot Ubuntu by default.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

Edited by jester620, 19 November 2006 - 08:59 PM.

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mpfeif101

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Go to terminal. Type:

sudo cp /boot/grub/menu.lst /boot/grub/menu.lst_backup
gksudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst

(If you're wondering what these commands do, the first line backs up the file so in case you mess it up and the second opens up the file).

Find the line:

timeout	 3

Edit the 3 to 10 (or whatever you want it to be).

Save (Ctrl+S) and exit.

Edited by mpfeif101, 20 November 2006 - 12:52 AM.

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Kemasa

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While the above works, a bit more information. Grub uses the file /boot/grub/menu.lst to determine the default boot device, the boot order, any options for each selection, as well as the timeout value. You can edit this file, but as was mentioned backing up the old file is a good idea. You can use any editor which you are familar with as it is just a text file.

Also, there is often a control panel way to change the file, which should do some error checking, but may not do what you really want to do.
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