new kernel, what did I miss?

Finn Jespersen fsjster at
Wed Nov 1 10:33:41 UTC 2006

> On Tuesday 31 October 2006 11:00 pm, Joseph Vella wrote:
> > > I wonder what I missed.  I'd like to either fix the cute little
> > > graphical thingie, or disable it in favor of the old fashioned plain
> > > text boot.
> >
> > Maybe you want to try to install usplash. (you might need to uninstall
> > it then reinstall it)
> >
> > You may want to also install kubuntu-artwork-usplash if you would like a
> > blue kubuntu instead of a brown ubuntu.
> Hrm.
> ii  kubuntu-artwork-usplash 6.06-22   kubuntu artwork for usplash
> ii  usplash                             0.2-4    Userspace bootsplash
> utility
> I'll try removing/reinstalling usplash.

The "cute graphical thingie" comes with frame buffer (text) boot. If you want 
the full text telling you what goes on during boot do the following:

1. cd /boot/grub

Use your favourite editor to edit menu.lst, and find the line representing the 
kernel you want to boot, e.g.:

2. sudo vi menu.lst

Find the kernel line:

kernel      /vmlinuz-2.6.15-27-amd64-generic 
root=UUID=b02e6475-695f-4529-bd93-ca36dbac752a ro quiet splash

and change it to:

kernel      /vmlinuz-2.6.15-27-amd64-generic 
root=UUID=b02e6475-695f-4529-bd93-ca36dbac752a ro vga=0x318

Note the above is on one line.

"vga=0x318" gives you text resolution 1024x768. Other resolutions:

	0x31b = 1280x1024
	0x315 =   800x600
	0x312 =   640x480

3. Reboot. Select the above kernel. The "thingie" should be back and every 
step in the boot process is documented.

Hope that helps.


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