for which I was totally unprepared. Well, I did it, and I've backed
myself into a usability corner. Technically, the OS is installed, I
just can't really use it, because of the end-run I did around a
video-driver catch-22 (as described in episode 6).
Long story short, if I don't pass the boot parameter vga=771,
I can't complete the install, because the native video driver goes
wonky without the parameter. I need it to complete all the text-based
config menus during the install. However, after the install process,
the correct video driver is in use, and the vga=771
parameter causes the GUI interface to be unreadable. Luckily, I can
drop to a terminal with [CTRL][ALT][F1], which gets me to a command
prompt. My problem now is that I need to find out where the vga=771 boot parameter is specified and take it out of the boot process—all from the command line.
Unfortunately, I'm a total n00b, so I have no idea how to accomplish this. Thus, as always, I've turned to Technical Q&A, with a bounty of 1000 useless TechPoints to the kind soul who helps me out of my latest jam.
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.