How do I edit the GRUB boot sequence from:

linux /boot/vmlinuz... quiet splash

so that it boots to the console? I've tried removing "quiet" and "splash", as well as adding "text". I can also boot to rescue mode, or edit the boot sequence.

Else booting hangs at the splash screen.


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To start without the display manager edit the file /boot/grub/grub.cfg. Look for the default menuentry (usually the first line beginning with menuentry 'Ubuntu' and some lines later append 3 to the line starting your kernel:

linux   /boot/vmlinuz-4.13.0-38-generic.efi.signed root=UUID=3fbf407e-3505-42c7-82a7-7aceef817bcc ro 3

To start the display manager later on do

sudo init 5
  • see: askubuntu.com/a/859637/45156 will those work? why not? it's like there are 99 ways to configure this. I tried systemctl from rescue system, but no go.
    – Thufir
    Apr 8, 2018 at 8:58

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