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I installed Ubuntu 11.04 mini CD, a command line only version of Ubuntu. When the machine boots, I see all the bios screens, but when it boots in to Ubuntu the screen goes black. The monitor light is green, but pressing keys. The screen is black.

I tried pressing alt-f2 and the screen is restored. I can see the normal Ubuntu cli login prompt.

What is alt-f2 doing to bring video back and how can I have it boot up that way to begin with?

For reference, this is an ibm eserver 8676-41X machine.

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Alt+F2 changes your session to tty2
See here: http://wiki.debian.org/getty

Perhaps you're on Alt+F7 for some reason.. which is where is typically where your X session is.

Honestly, there is probably little reason to care if it's a cli only box.

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