Text mode refers to either using one of the virtual terminals or booting Ubuntu without using a graphics server such as X.

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Text based installation for Server

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 11.04 server on one of my machines (1U server) but graphics at the time of installation has an issue. Previously I would remove HDD connect it to other computer, install ...
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How to use NVIDIA GTX 970 GPU?

I have NVIDIA GTX 970 GPU, which is pretty new chip and it is not recognized by nouveau driver shipped with Ubuntu 14.10, hence I am stuck on 1024x768 resolution on Full HD monitor - not so good. ...
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How can I simplify the Finch interface?

I am using Finch, the text-based version of Pidgin. It uses a library called GNTRC to create a windowing interface in text. Personally, I find it a bit complicated. Is there a simpler text interface?
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verbose displayed halfly over text mode booting

I tried to boot my Ubuntu into text mode with verbosity enabled, this is what I configured in /etc/default/grub: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="text init=/sbin/init --verbose vga=791" then update-grub ...
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GUI Application Resolution from Text Mode OS

I'm trying to turn a computer into a Linux thin client via Ubuntu. I have a Dell OptiPlex 755 loaded with Ubuntu 14.04 installed and fully patched. I've configured the OS to run in text mode and ...
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Can't switch to the text mode

I was trying to stop xserver and install accelerated nvidia driver for cuda programming but for some reason when I type ctrl+alt+F1 (or F2-F6) I get "no signal" on my screen and no prompt after that. ...
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Xubuntu 14.04 won't boot into graphical mode

I'm not sure what I did, but from one moment to the other Xubuntu won't boot into graphical mode anymore. It boots and asks me for my user name and password in text mode and I then use startx for ...
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Start text mode installer from 13.10 dvd?

How can I start the text mode installer for 13.10 (without resorting to the minimal .iso)? I encountered a seemingly persistent bug where the installer hangs at "Where are you?" 12.04 - Installer ...
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Choosing text mode from boot menu while keeping GUI as default

I have found instructions to use text mode as default mode on boot. (v.g. How do I disable X at boot time so that the system boots in text mode? ) and how to revert to GUI (v.g. How to revert back to ...