[SOLVED] 12.04 boots without showing boot options

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I installed 12.04 on a 2nd hard drive of a friend's system. His other drive has Windows 7. There are several issues. 1) it's apparently a silent boot, I don't even see the POST information 2) NO list of image options is displayed, though the Grub graphical interface shows a long list of them, including the Windows 7 image. 3) boot is VERY slow compared to his previous Ubuntu 10.10 install. The PC is a 1 year old HP desktop, I'm afraid I don't have the model. Since he's had poor success with Skype in Ubuntu, he wants still to be able to boot into Windows 7 at times. (Hardware)