I documented a clumsy, inefficient method of permanently changing
Ubuntu's boot parameters. Below is the 'proper' method, which you'll
likely need if ever you run into a common (to me) VGA driver issue:
- When the system finishes booting (which may only be apparent by
relative quiet from the hard drive, as your display may be garbled),log in.
- Once logged in, jump to a terminal with [CTRL][ALT][F1].
- When prompted, log in as the primary user
- Enter cd /boot/grub
- Enter sudo pico menu.lst
- When challenged, enter the primary user password
- Inside the menu.lst file, scroll down past the line ## ## End Default Options ## ##
- You should now see a list possible boot parameters (the same list
you can choose from if you interrupt the GRUB loader). Each set willinclude a line that begins with kernel. Add or delete the appropriate boot parameters (in my driver case, remove vga=771) from this line in each set.
- Enter [CTRL][O] to write out the modified file
- When prompted with File Name to Write: menu.lst simply hit [ENTER] to overwrite the old menu.lst file
- Enter [CTRL][X] to exit
- At the prompt, enter sudo reboot
The system should reboot with the new boot parameters.
Jay Garmon has a vast and terrifying knowledge of all things obscure, obtuse, and irrelevant. One day, he hopes to write science fiction, but for now he'll settle for something stranger — amusing and abusing IT pros. Read his full profile. You can also follow him on his personal blog.