[lubuntu-users] Booting into the dreaded black screen . . . pedal to the metal

Peter Golis golisp at centrum.sk
Tue May 10 07:13:18 UTC 2016

Hello Nio,
Part of email with information related to PPC (IBM PowerPC architecture used for example in ancient Apple machines) was for Fritz.
So, do you had seen grub black and white screen? if yes, then you can select recovery mode using arrow keys, and boot to text mode. Once done and you will see prompt press ENTER for maintenance. Just press enter, and you will see prompt root at hostname# and you can check your video card type. It will be listed in output of command lspci. If that card is i8XX or i9XX, you can connect cable connection and follow commands apt update and apt full-upgrade to have new packages installed. If that card will be different, just write in response full line with your video adapter from lspci command.
Of course, there are also other posibilites how to enter recovery/maintenance mode, but not so much easy as to press escape and use arrow keys followed by enter.
PS: Cmdline text was only alias. Correct boot parameter for kernel was vga=text, with optional removal of aliases silent and splash. But that was used only if grub had not prepared menu entry "recovery mode".
> Od: Nio Wiklund <nio.wiklund at gmail.com>
> Komu: Peter Golis <golisp at centrum.sk>
> Dátum: 10.05.2016 08:38
> Predmet: Re: [lubuntu-users] Booting into the dreaded black screen . . . pedal
> CC: <Aere at dvorak-keyboards.com, este.el.paz at gmail.com, Lubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com>
Hello Peter,
 When you wrote this mail to me, did you think of PC or PPC or both?
 I think too, that it should often work in text mode, but there are 
 problems with systemd, that it works with either graphics mode or text 
 mode. I found this link:
 http://ask.xmodulo.com/boot-into-command-line-ubuntu-debian.html <http://ask.xmodulo.com/boot-into-command-line-ubuntu-debian.html>
 The boot option 'text' does not work for me in newer systems.
 sudo nano /etc/default/grub
 Look for a line that starts with GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT,
 and comment out that line by prepending # sign.
 This will disable the initial splash screen, and enable verbose 
 mode(i.e., showing the detailed booting procedure).
 Then change GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="" to:
 Next, uncomment the line that says "#GRUB_TERMINAL=console".
 Save and update-grub
 For systemd-enabled desktop only: If your desktop uses systemd
 (e.g., for Debian 8 or later or Ubuntu 15.04 or later), there is
 one additional step needed. That is to change the default target
 from "graphical" target to "multi-user" target. Skip this step
 if your desktop does not use systemd.
 $ sudo systemctl set-default multi-user.target
 You can always revert to desktop boot later by restoring GRUB config 
 file and running:
 $ sudo systemctl set-default graphical.target
 At this point, your desktop should boot into the command line when you 
 reboot it.
 Best regards
 Den 2016-05-10 kl. 08:14, skrev Peter Golis:
 > Hello Nio,
 > Pres Escape key several times util GNU GRUB table will be shown. If that
 > grub black and white table will be visible, you can install missing
 > device driver in text mode. Yust confirm as video driver for old Intel
 > graphic cards looks reanimated:
 > http://packages.ubuntu.com/search?suite=all&section=all&arch=any&keywords=xserver-xorg-video-intel&searchon=names <http://packages.ubuntu.com/search?suite=all&section=all&arch=any&keywords=xserver-xorg-video-intel&searchon=names>
 > Hello Fritz,
 > According to your deleted email, each of this email have appended
 > signature of this mailing list. So, simply click on link which is on
 > line 'Modify settings or unsubscribe at', locate second link
 > 'Lubuntu-users Archives' and click on it. You will see simple table.
 > Click on March 2016, view by date and fourth email sent by me will have
 > that parameters which can enable hibernation and correct initialization
 > of video adapter in Apple PPC machines. Once done, and you want to fix
 > that, come to me and confirm if you are booting computer using your
 > favorite grub or yaboot which is standard on PPC architecture. But you
 > will need to provide also output of some commands which I had not seen
 > from you even you was asked several times. Do you ever have Linux?
 > Peter.
 > ______________________________________________________________
 >  > Od: Fritz Hudnut <este.el.paz at gmail.com>
 >  > Komu: lubuntu user list <lubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com>,
 >  > Dátum: 09.05.2016 22:02
 >  > Predmet: [lubuntu-users] Booting into the dreaded black screen . . .
 > pedal to the metal
 >  >
 >     On 05/09/2016 10:37 AM, Nio Wiklund wrote:
 >      > If you have people affected by black screen, or no X starting, or no
 >      > lightdm starting, with Intel card, could you advise them to install
 >      > this package, reboot, and see if it's working (and report back) ?
 >      >
 >      > This should affect only fresh install, upgrade should be fine (as
 >     this
 >      > package was included in previous releases).
 >     My 999 megahertz machine has been booting to a black screen since
 >     Lubuntu 15.10, and it still happened with 16.04.  So I assumed that
 >     machine can no longer be used.  Even the latest 14.04 now boots to a
 >     black screen on it.
 >     How can one install a package when the live system boots to a black
 >     screen?
 >     There is no console mode visible, and no wireless yet (because the
 >     passphrase has yet to be entered, and cannot be entered).
 >     --
 >     Sincerely,
 >     Aere
 > @Aere:
 > Possibly there is no correlation, but I have Lubuntu 16.04 running very
 > nicely on my PPC G4 iBook 933 MHz w/646 MB RAM . . . circa '04ish.
 > Probably I needed to use some "boot params" to get the radeon card
 > "recognized" . . . but, in PPC we are "used" to needing some "words"
 > with the Yaboot second screen . . . .  You should be able to get Lubuntu
 > 16 going???  You just need some magic words to mumble over it . . .
 > different words are needed for different video cards, etc.
 > F
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