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How to make natty boot in verbose mode. Changing option GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="splash quiet to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="" in /etc/default/grub doesn't effect in natty.
Try nosplash debug. If you want output from upstart too, add --verbose
in /etc/default/grub is correct, but you also need to run update-grub for it to take effect.
Hit Esc any time to see the text.
For permanent changes, uninstall all plymouth themes, including text ones, and in /etc/grub/default uncomment the line to enable console.
sudo hwinfo --framebuffer
Required, but never shown