Distro Hardware Troubles

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Grub Troubles

Instance A: Ticket 32493


  • CPU: Athlon64 2.2Ghz
  • RAM: DDR 2G
  • Video: Radeon Xpress 200

Cannot load CLI (via Ctrl+Alt+F1) and the grub menu.

Fix 1

We found a line to uncomment in /etc/default/grub to enable the old style menu. This works just fine and looks very similar to the graphical menu.

Change this:


To this:


Save the file and run 'sudo update-grub'

Fix 2

However the above method results in a very low resolution grub menu and thus a low res framebuffer console (Ctrl+Alt+F1). The issue seems to be because grub is auto detecting a resolution that is too high for a standard 1280x1024 monitor. Force it to 1024x768 should work for todays day and age.

sudo nano /etc/default/grub

Uncomment the following line


and change resolution to 1024x768:


This setting can NOT be higher than the monitor that the user will be using! "If you go small, you can have it all!"

After editing, save and close the file and type:

sudo update-grub

Instance B: Ticket 32496


  • CPU: 1Ghz Sempron
  • RAM: 1 Gigabyte
  • Video: Nvidia Geforce 6150 SE nForce 430

Issue and solution seem to be the same as Instance A.

Nouveau Woes

==Instance A: Ticket 32498


  • CPU: AMD Athlon64 4600+
  • RAM: 2 Gigabytes
  • Video: Nvidia C51 GeForce 6150 LE

Problems with Kernel Mode Setting,X does not start and framebuffer is formatted wrong. Adding "nomodeset" to kernel commandline seems to fix it but probably sacrifices some performance

Install nvidia-current-updates to get driver from nvidia that works.