I botched a gnome install on my virtual box and now when it boots it just hangs up at a black screen. I wante to get back into a command line and uninstall/reinstall gnome...
Edit the entry from the Grub screen when it comes up (press
Find the kernel line and add either
init=/bin/sh to the end of it then press
X to boot.
Alternatively have you tried pressing
F1 to get to a terminal?
ya, if grub doesn't show a menu, hold [shift] when it's starting. Go to your Ubuntu version's menu item, and press 'e' to edit. Go down to the linux start line, which contains 'vmlinuz' followed by a bunch of other fun stuff. Insert 'text' before the part '$vt_handoff'. Removing 'splash' and 'quiet' will let you see what's going on. You should try that while trying to boot into desktop graphics as well!