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After finally getting GRUB to see my win8 installment, I decided to tackle my other GRUB2 issue. The GRUB menu only comes up if i press CAD during a blank magenta splash screen that appears during boot where the GRUB menu should be. After I press CAD my computer reboots and then I can see the GRUB menu. How can I set it so that the GRUB menu always shows up? I already tried commenting out GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT=0 and also changing the value. I also tried changing the value of GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET=true

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To apply change in grub2, you have to

update-grub2

to have effect.

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    Thanks for the reminder. And I found out I had to comment out both "GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET" and "GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT" – nickfurlo Apr 16 '13 at 21:30

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