After I replaced my Ubuntu 10.10 with 11.04 all I get when I Ctrl+Alt+F1–F6 into a tty is a black screen. Also when I boot there's a while of black screen after grub2 menu is displayed. Then until just before gnome starts it stays black.
I have an Nvida Geforce Quadro FX 770M on my HP EliteBook 8530w. How do I get my ttys (aka 'virtual terminals') to work again?
My efforts in chronological order:
So grub and gfx-payload seems to be the problem, I figured. I went along with this guide for higher tty resolution. Which led to the grub2 menu displaying in my native resolution rather than 800x600. The black screen problem remains.
I googlehit some bugreports on other nvidia cards having that problem.
I tried uninstalling the nvidia driver. No effect. Also tried different resolutions
With an older version of the kernel it works. Though not perfectly. The ttys are usable, black screen between grub2 menu and gnome start remains. Not really a solution.
Tried so much, that I lost track. Reinstalled
linux-image-2.6.38-8-generic. Then did this to my
/etc/default/grubin accordance with the aforementioned guide (
/etc/grub.d/00_headeredited as well):
GRUB_DEFAULT=0 GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT=0 #GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET=true GRUB_TIMEOUT=3 GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian` #GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash" GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="" GRUB_GFXMODE=1680x1050x32
To my surprise I can now use my ttys in native resolution. Black screen between grub2 menu and gnome login screen is still there though. That is annoying since I also use an encrypted disk thus having to enter my passphrase in total dark... Still looking for a solution but urgency is low.
Downloaded and installed a later version of nvidia driver. No difference to last edit.
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="vga="-parameter. No effect.
nomodesethas no effect. not even in combination with
echo FRAMEBUFFER=y > /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/splashno effect (see comment)
On the verge of resignation...
Bounty period soon to end.