grub ignores esc, boots windows immediately

Asked by rekado on 2008-09-28

on wife's notebook ubuntu is installed next to the pre-installed vista (because of a missing graphics driver in linux). Now I changed /boot/grub/menu.lst so that Vista should be booted without delay by default; booting Linux should be possible when pressing ESC which should make GRUB appear. But ESC - no matter when I press it before the boot process of Windows - is just ignored. I haven't since had the chance to see the contents of the GRUB menu as it immediately goes over to Linux.
Is there anything I can do *after* booting Windows or should I try it with a LiveCD (bad thing: all ISOs are on the Linux partition and internet is not so quick at times in China...)?

I would appreciate your comments,

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Zubin Bhuyan (zoobean) said :

SuperGrub (either the live CD or the windows .exe) might help.

Tutorial (Grub got deleter, how to restore):

[For accessing and recovering files, folders from Linux partition from Windows you can use free software like DiskInternal's Linux Reader.]

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Zubin Bhuyan (zoobean) said :

Restore Your PC by Booting from a Recovery CD:

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