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At the current moment if I press ctrl + alt + F1 I get a blank screen for a few seconds then the bottom is filled with a mess of pixels (mainly white and a bit of brown). When I put in the open source drivers the virtual terminals work just fine, but I have no graphics acceleration :(. Any way to fix the terminals with the proprietary driver?

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In your Grub2 options, remove vga=somenumber and add xforcevesa. In 10.10, there is a different option - nomodeset.

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Where would I find my Grub2 options? (Sorry I'm still getting used to Ubuntu and Linux in general) – user18906 May 30 '11 at 20:47
To do this, when the computer boots and the Grub menu is displayed, press the "E" key to edit the boot parameters. In the linux line, remove vga=somenumber and put xforcevesa. Then, press Ctrl+X to boot with new parameters. I suggest you first read this Grub 2 tutorial - – BZ1 Jun 1 '11 at 4:53

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