Chuck, thank you for your post.
Originally Posted by servantsoffire
...What do I need to do to have the system boot directly into the log in screen, without going into this loop, boot menu and having to choose what to boot?...
As CSchwangler suggests about showing your /boot/grub/menu.lst file, also known as /boot/grub/grub.conf first.
If you only have one system to "boot" for example, only fedora, then as root within the /boot/grub/menu.lst file, make the following two changes:
For example, the timeout=0 will wait zero second...
Whereas, the timeout=1 would wait one second...
I think that the hiddenmenu option will "hide" the grub menu.
Someone else had the same experience, see URL -
There is an info grub for reference.
Hope this helps.