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I want to start the Recovery mode on an Ubuntu-only machine. The problem is that machine seems to skip grub and boot directly into ubuntu (as it is the only OS installed.

How can I boot into the recovery mode (whether it is through GRUB or not)

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According to this, holding the Shift key while booting should bring up the GRUB menu. If the Shift doesn't work, repeatedly pressing the Esc may work.

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This works, thanks! –  Calixte Sep 9 '11 at 13:47

If you enter BIOS (normally F2) first and then exit choosing EXIT WITHOUT SAVING or similar, you will be prompted with the GRUB menu.

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