An important server accidentally got rebooted yesterday (ahem, shuffle). On boot, it insisited on an fsck. So I rebooted, intending to get to the grub boot menu, and tell it fastboot.
Nope. In grub.ocnf, it’s got timeout=5, but I’d see the std. POST, a blank for a very short time, then it would be booting. By repeatedly type “e” I
got into the menu once or twice, but trying to edit a line, it would suddenly start typing 126.96.36.199… by itself (and no, the keyboard’s just fine, thank you).
The question is, why did it never offer me the menu? Everything looks normal to me in the grub.conf.