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I run Ubuntu 16 on VMWare machine. After removing X11 configuration files I got this message during startup:

The system is running in low-graphics mode

Your screen, graphics cards, and input device settings could not be detected
correctly. You will need to configure these yourself.

Mouse and keyboard don't work after displaying this message. How can I boot in a very basic mode and get a console? ctrl+alt+F1 etc to select text console doesn't work.

This is not duplicate, since I'm asking not about fixing displayed error, but how to get to console mode.

marked as duplicate by karel, Zanna, terdon Jan 5 '18 at 10:31

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You can try to boot in recovery mode: How do I boot into recovery mode?

Or you can also follow this guide: How to fix “The system is running in low-graphics mode” error?

Hope it helps, good luck!

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