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    That has no effect on Firefox. I used sudo pico /boot/grub/menu.lst and sucessfully commented out the unwanted entries but couldn not change the default boot entry by replacing 1 with 3 or 4.

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    Weird. That should have allowed you to drag the screen around. *scratches head*

    Can you post the contents of your menu.lst ?
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    Code:
    # menu.lst - See: grub(8), info grub, update-grub(8)
    #            grub-install(8), grub-floppy(8),
    #            grub-md5-crypt, /usr/share/doc/grub
    #            and /usr/share/doc/grub-doc/.
    
    ## default num
    # Set the default entry to the entry number NUM. Numbering starts from 0, and
    # the entry number 0 is the default if the command is not used.
    #
    # You can specify 'saved' instead of a number. In this case, the default entry
    # is the entry saved with the command 'savedefault'.
    # WARNING: If you are using dmraid do not use 'savedefault' or your
    # array will desync and will not let you boot your system.
    default		3
    
    ## timeout sec
    # Set a timeout, in SEC seconds, before automatically booting the default entry
    # (normally the first entry defined).
    timeout		4
    
    ## hiddenmenu
    # Hides the menu by default (press ESC to see the menu)
    #hiddenmenu
    
    # Pretty colours
    color cyan/blue white/blue
    
    ## password ['--md5'] passwd
    # If used in the first section of a menu file, disable all interactive editing
    # control (menu entry editor and command-line)  and entries protected by the
    # command 'lock'
    # e.g. password topsecret
    #      password --md5 $1$gLhU0/$aW78kHK1QfV3P2b2znUoe/
    # password topsecret
    
    #
    # examples
    #
    # title		Windows 95/98/NT/2000
    # root		(hd0,0)
    # makeactive
    # chainloader	+1
    #
    # title		Linux
    # root		(hd0,1)
    # kernel	/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda2 ro
    #
    
    #
    # Put static boot stanzas before and/or after AUTOMAGIC KERNEL LIST
    
    ### BEGIN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
    ## lines between the AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST markers will be modified
    ## by the debian update-grub script except for the default options below
    
    ## DO NOT UNCOMMENT THEM, Just edit them to your needs
    
    ## ## Start Default Options ##
    ## default kernel options
    ## default kernel options for automagic boot options
    ## If you want special options for specific kernels use kopt_x_y_z
    ## where x.y.z is kernel version. Minor versions can be omitted.
    ## e.g. kopt=root=/dev/hda1 ro
    ##      kopt_2_6_8=root=/dev/hdc1 ro
    ##      kopt_2_6_8_2_686=root=/dev/hdc2 ro
    # kopt=root=UUID=d23f4423-71f5-4588-a9d3-2845cacce7d2 ro
    
    ## default grub root device
    ## e.g. groot=(hd0,0)
    # groot=(hd0,4)
    
    ## should update-grub create alternative automagic boot options
    ## e.g. alternative=true
    ##      alternative=false
    # alternative=true
    
    ## should update-grub lock alternative automagic boot options
    ## e.g. lockalternative=true
    ##      lockalternative=false
    # lockalternative=false
    
    ## additional options to use with the default boot option, but not with the
    ## alternatives
    ## e.g. defoptions=vga=791 resume=/dev/hda5
    # defoptions=quiet splash
    
    ## should update-grub lock old automagic boot options
    ## e.g. lockold=false
    ##      lockold=true
    # lockold=false
    
    ## Xen hypervisor options to use with the default Xen boot option
    # xenhopt=
    
    ## Xen Linux kernel options to use with the default Xen boot option
    # xenkopt=console=tty0
    
    ## altoption boot targets option
    ## multiple altoptions lines are allowed
    ## e.g. altoptions=(extra menu suffix) extra boot options
    ##      altoptions=(recovery) single
    # altoptions=(recovery mode) single
    
    ## controls how many kernels should be put into the menu.lst
    ## only counts the first occurence of a kernel, not the
    ## alternative kernel options
    ## e.g. howmany=all
    ##      howmany=7
    # howmany=all
    
    ## should update-grub create memtest86 boot option
    ## e.g. memtest86=true
    ##      memtest86=false
    # memtest86=true
    
    ## should update-grub adjust the value of the default booted system
    ## can be true or false
    # updatedefaultentry=false
    
    ## should update-grub add savedefault to the default options
    ## can be true or false
    # savedefault=false
    
    ## ## End Default Options ##
    
    title		Ubuntu 8.10, kernel 2.6.27-9-generic
    root		(hd0,4)
    kernel		/vmlinuz-2.6.27-9-generic root=UUID=d23f4423-71f5-4588-a9d3-2845cacce7d2 ro quiet splash 
    initrd		/initrd.img-2.6.27-9-generic
    quiet
    
    title		Ubuntu 8.10, kernel 2.6.27-9-generic (recovery mode)
    root		(hd0,4)
    kernel		/vmlinuz-2.6.27-9-generic root=UUID=d23f4423-71f5-4588-a9d3-2845cacce7d2 ro  single
    initrd		/initrd.img-2.6.27-9-generic
    
    # title		Ubuntu 8.10, kernel 2.6.27-7-generic
    # root		(hd0,4)
    # kernel		/vmlinuz-2.6.27-7-generic root=UUID=d23f4423-71f5-4588-a9d3-2845cacce7d2 ro quiet splash 
    # initrd		/initrd.img-2.6.27-7-generic
    # quiet
    
    # title		Ubuntu 8.10, kernel 2.6.27-7-generic (recovery mode)
    # root		(hd0,4)
    # kernel		/vmlinuz-2.6.27-7-generic root=UUID=d23f4423-71f5-4588-a9d3-2845cacce7d2 ro  single
    # initrd		/initrd.img-2.6.27-7-generic
    
    # title		Ubuntu 8.10, kernel 2.6.24-16-generic
    # root		(hd0,4)
    # kernel		/vmlinuz-2.6.24-16-generic root=UUID=d23f4423-71f5-4588-a9d3-2845cacce7d2 ro quiet splash 
    # initrd		/initrd.img-2.6.24-16-generic
    # quiet
    
    # title		Ubuntu 8.10, kernel 2.6.24-16-generic (recovery mode)
    # root		(hd0,4)
    # kernel		/vmlinuz-2.6.24-16-generic root=UUID=d23f4423-71f5-4588-a9d3-2845cacce7d2 ro  single
    # initrd		/initrd.img-2.6.24-16-generic
    
    # title		Ubuntu 8.10, kernel 2.6.22-14-generic
    # root		(hd0,4)
    # kernel		/vmlinuz-2.6.22-14-generic root=UUID=d23f4423-71f5-4588-a9d3-2845cacce7d2 ro quiet splash 
    # initrd		/initrd.img-2.6.22-14-generic
    # quiet
    
    # title		Ubuntu 8.10, kernel 2.6.22-14-generic (recovery mode)
    # root		(hd0,4)
    # kernel		/vmlinuz-2.6.22-14-generic root=UUID=d23f4423-71f5-4588-a9d3-2845cacce7d2 ro  single
    # initrd		/initrd.img-2.6.22-14-generic
    
    # title		Ubuntu 8.10, memtest86+
    # root		(hd0,4)
    # kernel		/memtest86+.bin
    # quiet
    
    ### END DEBIAN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
    
    # This is a divider, added to separate the menu items below from the Debian
    # ones.
    # title		Windows Vista (64-bit)
    # root		(hd1,0)
    # savedefault
    # makeactive
    # chainloader	+1
    
    # This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
    # on /dev/sda1
    title		Windows (XP or Vista 32 bit)
    root		(hd0,0)
    savedefault
    makeactive
    chainloader	+1
    Last edited by smolloy; 11-29-2008 at 01:24 AM. Reason: Added code tags for readability

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    Firefox fixed

    The bug was reported by others and the following fix worked for me, although I did not notice anything happening until I got to step 4 and clicked move. Then Firefox became a window. I just moved the window a little and it automatically centered itself showing the system menu. It was ok then when restarted.


    Bjoern Schuemann wrote on 2008-10-28: (permalink)

    Try the following:
    1. Press F11 to switch to the real Full screen
    2. Press F11 again to switch to a normal maximized window
    3. Switch from maximzed to normal Window
    You might get a window that is larger then your screen resolution:
    4. Press ALT+SPACE, select Move and move the window so that you can reach the border
    5. Resize the window so that it fits on your screen
    6. Restart Firefox and hopefully everything works now

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    Just so we can guide you properly on GRUB, what is the output of
    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
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    I hope you don't mind, but I edited your post to add code tags. I just find it easier to read that way. If you don't like this, let me know and I'll put it back.

    Your menu.lst is set to boot "3", which means the 4th entry in your list (since it starts counting from zero). The problem is there there are only three entries, since you've commented most of them out. If you want Windows to be the default, you should set the default to "2".
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    Personally... thanks for the tags, smolloy. I was having trouble finding the default listing!

    archp2008, do as suggested by smolloy, reboot... you should be in business.
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    No problem and thank you.
    I have 3 physical drives with Windows XP/Vista/Ubuntu on one (5 partitions, I think)
    Linux Mint/Backup files on the second (3 partitions) and a 80 gb IDE drive with 3 XP versions on 3 partitions.
    I use BIOS to switch physical boot disks and Grub to choose on XP/Vista drive.

    Here is the fdisk -l result

    Code:
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xdd480922
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sdb1   *           1          63      506016   82  Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sdb2              64         732     5373742+  83  Linux
    /dev/sdb3             733        1045     2514172+  83  Linux
    /dev/sdb4            1046       77825   616735350    5  Extended
    /dev/sdb5            1046       16773   126335128+   7  HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sdb6           16774       77825   490400158+   7  HPFS/NTFS
    
    Disk /dev/sdc: 320.0 GB, 320072933376 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x07510751
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sdc1   *           1       31023   249192216    7  HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sdc2           31024       35125    32949315    7  HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sdc3           35126       35368     1951897+  82  Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sdc4           35369       38913    28475212+   5  Extended
    /dev/sdc5           35369       35639     2176776   83  Linux
    /dev/sdc6           35640       38913    26298372+  83  Linux
    Thanks again for your patience.
    Last edited by smolloy; 11-29-2008 at 01:49 AM. Reason: Added tags for readability

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    Depending on which Windows version you want to be the default, you might want to just edit your grub.conf file to reflect what you want it to do.
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    Thanks to all

    I did as Smalloy said and it's working now (Windows as default). I resolved other problems (threads) today too. I seem to be on a roll. Thanks so much to the Linux Community!

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