Can't switch to virtual console (Ctrl-Alt-F1) in Gutsy

Bug #155675 reported by Vikas BN on 2007-10-22
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Bug Description


  I installed Gutsy couple of days back. Since then, I haven't been
  able to switch to any of the virtual consoles. When I try to
  switch to the virtual consoles, I just get a black screen or some random
  colored pixels throughout the screen.

  If I run compiz, and switch back to X, system freezes. If i'm running
  metacity, then there's no freeze and I can work in X.

  My system:
  Dell D610,
  Intel Pentium M 1.73GHz
  1 GB RAM,
   ATI mobility video card,
  (using ati driver)

  This issue was not there in Fiesty and I was using ati driver there as well.
  This is a fresh install of Gutsy, not an upgrade.


Guillaume Martres (smarter) wrote :

Can you try to close the laptop lid and open it again? It may solves the problem.

Vikas BN (vikas-bn) wrote :

@Guillaume -- That doesn't help.

 However, I figured out what had caused the issue.

 When i add 'vga=791' to the kernel boot options, this happens.
 If I remove this part, it works well. I think the virtual console
 is not able to handle the resolution.


Albert Damen (albrt) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. This particular bug has already been reported and is a duplicate of bug 129910, so it is being marked as such. Please look at the other bug report to see if there is any missing information that you can provide, or to see if there is a workaround for the bug. Additionally any further discussion regarding the bug should occur in the other report. Feel free to continue to report any other bugs you may find.

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