When I boot up I dont get a tradition grub boot menu screen
That is usually a result of having hiddenmenu enabled in the /boot/grub/grub.conf file. You would need to mount your system partition or your boot partition if it is separate and just put a hash mark in front of the hiddenmenu line: #hiddenmenu
Without knowing your partition setup, it will be difficult to give specifics. Boot the Live CD and log in as root and run the command: fdisk -l(lower cae letter L in the command) and post that info here. Someone will be able to give you specific steps to mount and access the file.