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Thread: Terminal screen garbled

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2010

    Terminal screen garbled

    Hello Ubuntu community!

    I am a new user, previously (fought) used Fedora, Windows XP & 7, and so far I am most impressed by Ubuntu's (relative) ease of installation.

    I had a few minor grumbles with my soundcard (M-audio Audiophile 2496) and 3d-acceleration (ATi Radeon 5850) but they seem to be resolved thanks to some forum searches. Getting on to the point:

    When I swap to a terminal session (Ctrl-Alt-F1), I have no idea why, but when I do so the screen is horribly garbled. Occassionally the system crashes entirely (with no visual feedback) and reboots. Yet I can use XOrg with no problems, 3d-acceleration, etc. all working.

    Is there something simple I can do to maybe change the screen mode that the terminal is trying to use to get around this? I had a play about with /boot/grub/grub.cfg adding vga=791 or similar, but this makes little/no difference.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    California Republic

    Re: Terminal screen garbled

    have you tried disabling compiz first?

    metacity --replace
    then do ctrl+alt+f_
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2010

    Re: Terminal screen garbled

    Just tried that, got the same problem I'm afraid.


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