My question

I am not attached to the splashscreen or whatever. How can I configure a non-graphical boot that still takes me to the login screen? In other words, I do want X to start as the last thing in the boot process, but I do not need any other tools (plymouth or userspace bootsplash or whatever).

My problem

I get a blank/purple screen at undefined times when use the battery or when I have used it. I have a Lenovo Easypad z580. At times the problem also occurs after a suspend. In that case it states something like userspace bootsplash stopped.

My research

I read and tried the solutions in the following pages:

  1. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/X/Troubleshooting/BlankScreen
  2. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/X/Troubleshooting/Freeze
  3. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/X/NonGraphicalBoot
  4. My computer boots to a black screen, what options do I have to fix it?

I already disabled plymouth.

I do not think that this question is a duplicate (because I want a non-graphical boot, yet a graphical desktop). But I might be mistaking. Also my scenario is none of the ones proposed in My computer boots to a black screen, what options do I have to fix it? (If you are trying to install Ubuntu, If you have a dual boot system, If an update or something else caused your problem).

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    Do yo tried to start Ubuntu choosing recover mode in grub? Starts without X and you can try to solve your problem installing drivers etc... – smile Mar 20 '13 at 11:32
  • Hi smile. I am not sure this is a drivers issue. Also recovery mode is not really what I am looking for. – don.joey Mar 20 '13 at 12:02
  • Just to understand what you want: 1) you want the normal graphical greeter/login, 2) you don't want any graphical gimmicks until lightdm (or whichever display manger) starts. – guntbert Mar 20 '13 at 17:51
  • Guntbert, that is indeed what I want. – don.joey Mar 20 '13 at 21:16
sudo nano /etc/default/grub

Uncomment GRUB_TERMINAL="console"

And remove quiet splash from GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT

then issue sudo update-grub. This will disable graphical boot.

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  • will this still startx? – don.joey Mar 20 '13 at 13:06
  • there will be a text based boot, and it will take you to the lightdm login screen. will this still startx? i don't understand, if you want that startx appearing for login, then you have to disable lightdm. – wedu Mar 20 '13 at 13:16
  • if you already have startx, then just uncomment the GRUB_TERMINAL="console", (remove the number sign at the beginning) and you are good to go. – wedu Mar 20 '13 at 14:04
  • Ok that almost gets me there. When booting I now see error: no video mode activated. – don.joey Mar 21 '13 at 8:31
  • there are many workaround for this bug (no video mode) here bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/grub2/+bug/699802. might be an issue with gfxmode, fonts, grub hidden timeout etc – wedu Mar 21 '13 at 13:06

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