View Full Version : [ubuntu] Natty Alpha 1 console text corruption

January 17th, 2011, 01:34 PM
Hello all you wonderful ubuntu-loving people :)

I am just after a little bit of help with fixing a text corruption issue / advice for filing a bug report (if necessary).

So, generally speaking the stability I am experiencing with Natty is as I expect; I'm fully aware that this is a very very early development release and so all sorts of things can go wrong. So let's not be mean to me about that... I totally get the risks involved etc. etc. I just wanted to point that out ;)

So while Gnome/Unity are up and running, graphics run more or less perfectly, the boot process text is completely garbled and if after everything is fully loaded I hit Control+Alt+F1-F6 the text looks like:
* this (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/uv-jTmc_9p_ZArZytBTBDTZf4cZWJILkBmYHchZ4xbc?feat=dire ctlink)
* the above image close-up (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/L1hVdV31O29Bi7bBrD0b5DZf4cZWJILkBmYHchZ4xbc?feat=d irectlink)
The above links are supposed to be of the ubuntu login prompt.

The problem occurred after running the upgrade command:
sudo do-release-upgrade -d
As is standard upgrade procedure.

Is there anything obvious going on that I can tweak to make it all happy again?

Since I have a working GUI, it's not super important for me to fix it in a rush... so if it's a matter of simply waiting for updated packages, then so be it. But any advice on the matter would be fantastic!


January 18th, 2011, 01:47 AM
Until Natty is released, there is a separate forum for it http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=394

I have never seen such a display with apparently wrong or corrupted fonts. The only problem I have with text consoles (tty) is that the login prompt (often, but not always) ends up in lower right of screen 3.5 lines from bottom, so I cannot see what I am typing. I am using GT 430 with nvidia 260.19.29 drivers (no tty problem with same nvidia drivers in Maverick).

What graphic card and drivers are you using?

January 19th, 2011, 02:15 AM
Thanks for letting me know about the correct forum. I have reposted there and will use that thread instead. If you still want to follow it, this is the link:


To answer your question, my graphics card as reported by lspci is 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G71 [GeForce 7300 GS] (rev a1).

I still have no idea what its problem is! Ohhh well...