I have found a solution over at #ubuntu. Many thanks to stebalien
In your /boot/grub/menu.lst file, add a vga=<framebuffer mode> option to the command line of the kernel that you are using. Here is the entry for the kernel that I'm using
Here is a reference page http://linuxandfriends.com/2008/09/1...es-used-linux/
title Ubuntu 9.04, kernel 2.6.28-15-generic
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.28-15-generic root=UUID=f58a2a33-2a85-4e31-8ea
b-fd8394047365 ro splash vga=792
In that page, framebuffer modes are given in hex. It's still fine to give vga=0x318 for example. I used decimal notation in my solution.
If you want to google some more about this, the keywords are vga, framebuffer mode, linux