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I am running Ubuntu from a bootable USB drive on an old machine. The graphical interface is using up all the memory and I actually just need a terminal.

Is there a way to not start the desktop environment from a live OS image?

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When GRUB is loading, shortly after the BIOS finishes loading, quickly press shift or esc. This should allow you to boot the recovery mode.

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I did as you said, and it seemed to work for the first few seconds. Too bad it quickly switched to graphical mode without my consent. ;) –  Ricky Robinson Feb 5 '13 at 10:13
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