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I have a ubuntu 10.10 VMWare image that I set up a while back and have forgotten the login details. Normally I'd boot into single user mode to fix this, but I'm having trouble doing this on the vmware image. No grub screen comes up on boot, and attempts to hold down or press shift, space or escape during boot do nothing, the machine just boots up as before to the login prompt.

Any ideas?

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I just figured it out, adding this line to the .vmx file made sure the bios and the subsequent grub menu both appeared.

bios.bootDelay = "15000"

This causes the bios to delay for 15 seconds so you can press keys. It's kind of odd that it also affects the subsequent grub menu, but there you go.

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I tried what you said on vmware. Delay works good...but unfortunately still not have GRUB Screen. Thanks for your help –  user26440 Oct 8 '11 at 11:16
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I don't know VMWare, but is there any way you can mount the guest's disk image in your host system?

If yes, then you can edit the password file and set the password to the empty string.

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protected by RolandiXor Oct 8 '11 at 20:34

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