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I have recently installed ubuntu 9.10 desktop edition. I had to do manual shutdown pressing the power & reset button 2-3 times. So when ever I power on the system, the system waits at the boot menu till I hit enter. I think there may be some tricks so that I can skip the boot option and directly boot the system without needing to hit enter at the boot option?. Any help...

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I'm not too sure how to do this. Though I would imagine that shutting down your system correctly would not trigger this again. Try hitting CTRL+ALT+T and at the console type "sudo shutown 0" or "sudo reboot" after typing in your admin password it should shutdown correctly. – Kyle Clarke Jan 2 '11 at 8:21
Do you mean you need to press enter during GRUB (a menu shoing grub on the title)? – João Pinto Jan 2 '11 at 8:40
@joao Pinto: yes, I've to hit enter on the grub options for the system to be booted. – user3215 Jan 2 '11 at 8:57
@Kyle Clarke: I'll try that. – user3215 Jan 2 '11 at 8:59
you should just need to use startup manager or edit grub to boot automatically... – RolandiXor Jan 2 '11 at 13:12
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Install startup manager by running this command:

sudo apt-get install startupmanager

Then run startupmanager, and change the timeout to 0. This should work. HOWEVER!!! BE WARNED THAT THIS CAN MAKE IT HARD TO RECOVER FROM A DISASTER!!! The best way is to press enter before you boot, so then you can rescue your system easier, but you lose some convenience.

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+1 - For StartUpManager. More info here. – boehj May 16 '11 at 4:24

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