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Thread: Disable framebuffer from Grub Meno or Launch ubuntu comand line

  1. #1
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    Jan 2010

    Angry Disable framebuffer from Grub Meno or Launch ubuntu comand line

    Hello all,

    let us start with the problem. After making and update my Karmic Koala and trying to set up lamp through tasksell, i have rebooted my notebook. Then the ubuntu logo was displayied and i get an

    "Ubuntu is eunnung in low graphics mode"
    (EE) open /dev/fe0: No such file or dierctory

    i have done some googling and figured that it has most likely to do with ubuntu tryin to using frame buffer wrongly. I have tried to follow some advices posted at

    like this

    • "vga=normal", or "nofb", disables the framebuffer
    • if "nofb" does not help, try "nomodeset" to disable kernel mode setting
    • "vga=ask" will able you to set a value at each boot good for testing out the various modes.

    non of them worked. Than i thought i run grub2 (in fact it is 1.97~beta4), so i tried to run this

    to set at least the right resolution to the frame buffer. However i put there a wrong resolution (my mistake obviously). The problem is that now all the screen turns black (after i select the system in Grub menu) and i can't see the command line, so i am helpless.

    So now i get to GRUB menu, i can edit the line by hitting 'e' and i get

    if [ -n ${have_grubenv} ]; then save_env recordfail; fi
    set quiet=1insmod ext2
    set root=(hd0,5)
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set c763a81d-d00b-4880-9111-9c305affc67b
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-20-generic root=UUID=c763a81d-d00b-4880-9111-9c305affc67b ro quiet splash
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-20-generic

    so this is right now everything i can edit, and i would need either to set/remove the framebuffer or get back the commandline somehow so i can do the trick through /etc/default/grub.

    Any ideas? Pleas hope i am quite desperate

    i have tried to put into the kernel/linux line

    'i915.modeset=0' at various places
    remove 'quiet'
    put the 'nosplash' 'nomodeset'
    put there 'single'

    use Ctrl-Alt_F1 and Ctrl-Alt-Esc to get the console (However i run vista as a dual boot so i have pressed the key after selecting the system)
    recovery more also yields a black screen

    Nothing has worked so far.

    Pleassse help

    Last edited by popolvar; March 14th, 2010 at 11:02 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2010

    Re: Disable framebuffer from Grub Meno or Launch ubuntu comand line

    ok i was able to fix the problem with the wrong resolution, that is i can use console again

    i have booted from life CD, and followed the instructions from

    $ sudo fdisk -l

    • Now, you need to remember which device listed is your linux distribution, for reference, /dev/sda1 will be used. Now we need to mount the filesystem to /mnt

    $ sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt

    • If you have /boot on a separate partition, that need's to be mounted aswell. For reference, /dev/sda2 will be used.

    $ sudo mount /dev/sda2 /mnt/boot Make sure you don't mix these up, pay attention to the output of FDISK

    • Now mount the rest of your devices

    $ sudo mount --bind /dev /mnt/dev

    • Now chroot into your system

    $ sudo chroot /mnt
    You should be chroot'd into your system as root, you can now run commands as root, without the need for sudo.

    • Now you need to edit the /etc/default/grub file to fit your system

    $ nano /etc/default/grub

    • When that is done you need to run update-grub to create the configuration file.

    $ update-grub

    • To install GRUB 2 to the MBR, next you need to run grub-install /dev/sda

    $ sudo umount /mnt/dev

    • Now you can unmount the root system. (But if you have a separate boot partition which you mounted earlier, you have to unmount this first, or you will get a "device busy" error message.)

    $ sudo umount /mnt

    • And you should be free to restart your system right into GRUB 2 and then into your system installation.

    If you had alternate OS entries, update-grub might say "Cannot find list of partitions!". Ignore it and continue - once you can boot into your linux installation, do so and then rerun update-grub and grub-install /dev/sda as root.

    i still have the low graphics problem with missing /dev/fb0 but i will post it separately.

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