So HERE'S how you get into grub2 if there's no boot menu in Ubuntu Lucid 10.04
Mar 24, 2010, 13:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"I installed Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid from a daily build yet couldn't
boot into my fresh new desktop because I needed to add nomodeset to
the grub2 boot line and didn't know how to do that because there
was no boot screen visible.
"The answer? Not esc but shift. More specifically, here's how to
deal with a hidden grub2 boot menu:"