Need Help

Emmanuel Natalis matnatalis at
Wed Aug 10 11:33:00 UTC 2011

On Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 2:16 PM, Emmanuel Natalis <matnatalis at>wrote:

> You're using a server version, so you have not installed any desktop -
> gnome, kde, etc, right?
>> And you are not getting any prompt like
>> emmanuael>   or login>    ?  (is your monitor set too dark?)
>> Then at the linux line of grub menu, add "gfxmode=640x480" (without
>> apostrophes) and try to boot up.
>> Regards - Goh Lip
> Thanks Goh
> Yes am using server version so no  desktop installed. When booting the
> machine, it was reaching in the stage where you can select normal booting or
> recovery mode. I was able to login using the recovery mode but after
> skipping some of the stages. When you leave it to boot in the normal way, it
> becomes black and it just stays that way. I have tried to uncomment the line
> which starts with GRUB_GFXMODE in /etc/default/grub (When am in recovery
> mode) and run the command update-grub. I tried to boot again but this time I
> cannot even see the boot grub options i.e normal boot, recovery mod - It
> just becomes black.  Should this line gfxmode="640x480" be added in the grub
> file i.e /etc/default/grub? But I dont know how can I go to the recovery
> mode again as i dont see again the boot options.
> --

Another thing which I have accidentally noticed, when I boot my machine
without plugging a monitor, am able to see the boot options. Hitting enter
on the first option - normal booting, a screen ending with words

Emmanuel Natalis
Open Source Software Developer
University of Dar es salaam Computing Center
(+255) 712 26 34 93
(+255) 755 22 44 93
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