Text mode display corrupted after dist-upgrade to Dapper

David Abrahams dave at boost-consulting.com
Thu Sep 7 15:37:03 UTC 2006

Michael Williams <williams at astro.ox.ac.uk> writes:

> Hi,
> I just dist-upgraded from Breezy to Dapper, and everything seems to have
> gone fine, except for one thing. The display in text mode (i.e. the
> status reports as services are launched during startup and the text
> shells accessible using Ctrl-Alt-F[1-6]) is corrupted.
> The nature of the corruption is much like that seen when you
> misconfigure X -- the general image is sometimes visible among the
> flickering and lines, but it certainly isn't usable!
> I am a reasonably sophisticated user, but haven't used Linux in anger
> for three or four years, so have no idea what package may have been
> responsible for this breaking, which configuration file to edit to fix
> things, and even what the proper name for "text mode" is! I would be
> very grateful for any assistance.

FWIW, I found that using vga= to set my resolution to 1600x1200 worked
fine until my X video driver (fglrx) kicked in, and I ended up with
the result you describe.  I had to back off to the next lower

Dave Abrahams
Boost Consulting

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