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Old 12-23-2016, 10:14 AM   #1
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Have set auto log-in want to see grub during boot

To show you the incredibly bad luck I have with Google when using a line such as the above as a search string, here's a screenshot of the hits I got from it (attached).

So as the LinuxMint forum is keeping me away with their criteria for a password (I doubt even the guys who worked on Magic during WWII could come up with one that would meet them), I'm asking the question here.

Is there a key or key combination one can press during an auto-log-in boot that will bring up the ordinary, conventional GRUB boot screen with its usual options?

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Old 12-23-2016, 10:26 AM   #2
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Auto login happens at the time the display manager, (GDM, KDM, LightDM, or whatever) is loaded. GRUB boot loader menu, as in where you can specify kernel options, or perhaps select whether you want to boot Linux or Windows and is what I assume you mean by "GRUB boot screen", is pretty much the the first thing that appears after the BIOS checks are done. Your Linux install hasn't even started to boot at that point. I don't see what whether you see what you refer to as "GRUB boot screen" or not has to do with whether auto login is enabled or not.

Can you elaborate on what you mean by "GRUB boot screen" ? Perhaps you don't mean what I think you mean. Or perhaps you're under the mistaken belief that two things are connected when in fact they're not.
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I'm going to guess that you have enabled some GRUB option to not show the menu at startup and automatically choose an OS to boot. If so, simply modifying the GRUB configuration should correct the situation. This is usually done by editing the appropriate part of the /etc/default/grub file and then running # grub-mkconfig. Please read the instructions specific to your distro and setup (BIOS, UEFI, etc, ...) for the proper options to use with this command.

If it's not at all this but some issue related to your Display Manager, as arizonagroovejet suggested above, please provide more info.

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Not only is Rickkkk on the right path, assuming we are all talking about the same thing, but your Google searches were also providing the same information.

So if you are not talking about grub booting straight into your Linux Mint install, please provide further details or follow the information from your searches


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