Ubuntu Installation :: Boot Directly Into Command Line?
Apr 6, 2010
I just installed a fresh install of 9.10 on my amd64. when it starts it locks up right away. i know that this has to do with my nvidia card. i've had to do this in the past. but since it locks up i have no way to get into the command line. ctl-alt-F1 does not work. is there a way to just have it boot right to the command line without loading up gdm?
I decided on a whim to pursue certifications in other operating systems (currently 70-620 and 70-290 certified with Microsoft) and bought a book on Fedora 10 and installed it on my extra PC. First issue I ran into was that due to my graphics card being an ATI I needed to run in text mode (based off posts on these forums) then once I finally got everything under control and installed, it loads directly into Command Prompt (you folks call it GRUB right?) I can log in as root but I can't do anything this way.It won't even allow me to do things like accept the end user license agreement or create new users or see the GUI.
I recently updated, and now when I boot it only goes as far as grub command line. There is no grub menu. The computer is a Dell Inspiron 8600 laptop with only Ubuntu installed -- no dual boot, no weird partition schemes. Originally installed Ubuntu 09.04 on this computer, upgraded a couple times and it currently has (had) 10.04.1 LTS running. The update should have upgraded from kernel 2.6.32-23 to 2.6.32-24. I can boot with a live CD and mount the hard drive. The drive seems fine, so it appears to be simply a grub config issue. I have to boot with live cd to get online to check for potential solutions. So I'm taking some notes on how to use grub.
My Wubi installation of Ubuntu (version 9.10, I think) that I recently installed was working fine at one point, but now it isn['t. I select Ubuntu instead of Windows from the Windows boot loader, but instead of getting the usual menu of different linux versions (I think 2, as I updated it at same point), and Windows, I get the GRUB command prompt instead.I've looked at th2e Wubi Guide (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WubiGuide), and I've followed the instructions for "How can I access my Wubi install and repair my install if it won't boot?", but that reveals no problems.For the record, I'm fairly new to linux and ubuntu, but I'm good with computers generally. The main operating system on my computer is Windows Vista, but I'm currently typing this from a Live CD of Ubuntu 9.10. The virtual disk (root.disk), is currently mounted as vdisk, as indicated in the Wubi Guide.
Ideally I would like to get Ubuntu to load as it used to (with a menu). However, if there is a way to boot from the GRUB command line that would be good too. I'm not at all familiar with GRUB, and the commands I've tried (boot and linux, I think), get errors saying no kernel specified, or loaded, or something like that.
I've recently had trouble reinstalling my Ubuntu system as I was getting various unusual errors as described in my old thread here. I thought it was probably something to do with my RAID-0 array which was pre-installed on my laptop from purchase being corrupted or something like that (if it's possible). I decided to simplify things for myself (not understanding RAID arrays much) so I just removed the RAID array and installed Windows and Ubuntu on the now separate hard disks. It worked fine.
I noticed quite a significant performance drop, however, with even Ubuntu boots taking longer than 30 seconds despite my laptop being both high-spec and only a few months old. Windows, as you can imagine, was dreadfully slow. I wasn't entirely convinced that this was entirely due to the loss of the RAID array - as even low-spec laptops with presumably no RAID arrays are supposed to boot Ubuntu in under 30 seconds apparently - but I read that RAID-0 arra
I'd like to say I'm very impressed with Fedora 11. I'm a long time Linux user and I've tried many distros. But, I usually keep only the best on my laptop. For a long time that was Ubuntu but, I think Fedora 11 has made some key improvements over Ubuntu and I'm eager to switch. The problem is: I haven't been able to run Fedora as anything other than on the Live CD. Everything works perfectly and it installs but, when I reboot, Grub begins. Instead of booting, however, Grub drops into its minimal shell and gives me a command line.
I've tried installing it a number of ways now and have read much about the problems with Ext4 on Grub and took special care to see that Grub has its own, separate, /boot ext3 partition. Even then, no luck. My hardware should work fine. I've got an HP DV-5 with 4GB RAM, AMD Turion 64-bit dual-core @ 2 Ghz, and an IDE 250GB hard drive. I'm working with the 64-bit Fedora 11 Live disc with KDE as the Gui.
I was having so much trouble with ubuntu 8.04 that I deleted off my computer and did a fresh install of 9.10. I downloaded the 64 bit iso from the internet, burned it to a disc and installed it. When it asked if it should be the server version I thought I said no. Now when I boot it only boots to the server version and all I get is command line. Can I get out of this and get my regular ubuntu screen back or did I install the wrong version?
I did a clean installation of Ubuntu 10.04 and I found that after the computer booted, the GRUB stopped by waiting for entering command -- "grub >". The GRUB version is 1.98. I want to go directly to the GRUB boot menu after computer booted.
Despite my best efforts to have them use debian or ubuntu server, a client wanted ubuntu 11 on the new server they built. It runs all the services I need it to, but would be nicer to have that server boot to command line. It seems nothing is going to work. I have tried:
1. changing /etc/default/grub to "quiet splash text"
result: blank screen
2. sudo update-rc.d -f gdm remove
result: no change
3. echo manual | sudo tee -a /etc/init/gdm.override
result: blank screen
Has anyone gotten Ubuntu 11.04 to boot to command line out there?
i've gotten my fedora 12 to the point where i can run python3 scripts from command line and can call up python 2.6.2 idle with the command 'idle' from command line. what command will call up python3 (3.1.2 to be exact) idle?
EDIT: sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop worked, not sure why it did not before. Sorry for the whining!
I need to boot Ubuntu into a non-x, command line mode. So I can install an nvidia driver for my new GeForce GTX 260 (I had a GeForce 7900 running on my Ubuntu system using the synaptic open source 185 driver for nvidia, but there is no driver except the one I downloaded just now from nvidia's site for the GTX 260 card). That requires there be no X session running, not even in a separate domain so to speak. There is no rescue mode in Grub2. Recover mode in Grub still boots an X session (Gnome). Alt+F1 appears to be a clean command line terminal but even that does not work because the nvidia driver installer script sees through that ruse and knows there is an active Gnome session. I tried sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop and that did not work. I tried ctr+alt+backspace and that did nothing.
What can I do? I tell you some days linux is just too frustrating, about to just toss the baby with the bath water and go back to Winblows. Bought a new graphics card today, and here I am stuck not being able to even install the driver from a command line prompt, geesh.
i have successfuly installed ubuntu karmic inside my windows 7. After an update, i restarted it. but it didnt boot ubuntu. instead it shows grub's command line. what should i do? all of my java projects/programs is in there.
I have used the below command to do that successfully for the previous version of ububunt, but this time I failed to do that with Ubuntu 9.10. I know I can do that manually by "sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop" command. I try to change the name of /etc/init.d/gdm files, but the problem still exist.m"sudo update-rc.d -f gdm remove"
I did a clean install of Lucid from the alternate installer, onto a generic Intel/Celeron PC box. I used a command line only install, and used the entire hard disk; there's no other OS and no other partitions on the disk. Install goes along and finishes fine, reboots, and I can log in. But if I call sudo reboot, or shut down the machine then restart it, the boot process hangs. I see the POST screen, then a flashing cursor on a black screen for a few seconds, then the monitor goes into standby. I see no messages or any kind of output to the screen. I get the same problem using the Lucid Server installer and also when installing on a different box (Dell Intel/Celeron). I also tried running all the updates after install but before any kind of reboot...same thing.
This only seems to be happening using a command line only version of Lucid. Lucid GNOME/XUBUNTU install and work OK on both boxes. I can boot from a CD or USB key, but not sure where to look or what to check.
In dealing with the Nvidia Powermizer, I have to set it to "Prefer Maximum Power" mode from adaptive mode in order that I can avoid laggy in using my GUI. However, it doesn't save this setting so I have to manually tweak it everytime........
Someone on the web taught me to use the following command line: nvidia-settings -a [gpu:0]/GPUPowerMizerMode=1 running it in the terminal it will set to the mode I want.
Would I be able to make my computer run the above command in terminal everytime it starts? I tried to put the command in the start up applications and it seems not working.
I am following an instruction on the Internet to set up a timer=1. "You can force use of the timer interrupt by using the timer=1 module arameter (or oprofile.timer=1 on the boot command line" When I type "modprobe oprofile timer=1" at the command line, I got a warning message saying that "Deprecated config file /etc/modprobe.conf" So i want to try other way by setting it at the boot command line.
I have a problem with trying to capture sound through the input jacks on my computer. The sound plays through from the inputs to the output, and it's volume is controlled by alsa mixer, but no programs can pick up the stream, including the PulseAudio and Gnome Volume controls.I have tried many of the suggestions to be found in these forums for sound issues, including removing Pulse, configuring the model in alsa-base.conf, and messing with every setting I can find.Here are the outputs from the commands from the troubleshooting guides:
Code: lspci -v | less 00:14.2 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB4x0 High Definition Audio
It used to be with (old) grub you could hit a function key and add a runlevel option to boot a console, but I don't know how to do this here, wanting not to edit the grub config file, as seems the only apparent option: I'm trying to boot into SimplyMepis where there is no rescue menu option, so need the prompt?
I have Debian 6 installed on my netbook which I tend to spend more time at a command prompt then gnome so I would like it to boot to the command line with the same services as the default with the option to "startx"