black screen after grub menu

Bug #608429 reported by Patrick Domack on 2010-07-21
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
grub2 (Ubuntu)
linux (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: grub2

Upgraded packages today, hasn't been updated for about 2 weeks (been away).

After upgrades, system wouldn't boot. I just get a black screen after the grub menu.

Edited /etc/default/grub and added: GRUB_GFXPAYLOAD_LINUX=text
reboot, and now everything works again.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.10
Package: grub-pc 1.98+20100720-1ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.35-9.14-generic 2.6.35-rc5
Uname: Linux 2.6.35-9-generic x86_64
Architecture: amd64
Date: Wed Jul 21 16:24:53 2010
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" - Beta amd64 (20100318)
SourcePackage: grub2

Patrick Domack (patrickdk) wrote :
Michael Bienia (geser) wrote :

Which graphic card do you have?

Patrick Domack (patrickdk) wrote :

VGA compatible controller: VMware SVGA II Adapter

Stefan Eggers (stefan-eggers) wrote :

I am using Ubuntu 10.10 (32 bit version) under VMware Workstation 7.1.0 (Windows). Same video adapter, same problem. Workaround helped here.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :
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This bug was fixed in the package grub2 - 1.98+20100804-4ubuntu1

grub2 (1.98+20100804-4ubuntu1) maverick; urgency=low

  * Resynchronise with Debian. Remaining changes:
    - Adjust for default Ubuntu boot options ("quiet splash").
    - Default to hiding the menu; holding down Shift at boot will show it.
    - Set a monochromatic theme for Ubuntu.
    - Apply Ubuntu GRUB Legacy changes to legacy update-grub script: title,
      recovery mode, quiet option, tweak how memtest86+ is displayed, and
      use UUIDs where appropriate.
    - Fix backslash-escaping in merge_debconf_into_conf.
    - Remove "GNU/Linux" from default distributor string.
    - Add crashkernel= options if kdump and makedumpfile are available.
    - If other operating systems are installed, then automatically unhide
      the menu. Otherwise, if GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT is 0, then use keystatus
      if available to check whether Shift is pressed. If it is, show the
      menu, otherwise boot immediately. If keystatus is not available, then
      fall back to a short delay interruptible with Escape.
    - Allow Shift to interrupt 'sleep --interruptible'.
    - Don't display introductory message about line editing unless we're
      actually offering a shell prompt. Don't clear the screen just before
      booting if we never drew the menu in the first place.
    - Remove some verbose messages printed before reading the configuration
    - Suppress progress messages as the kernel and initrd load for
      non-recovery kernel menu entries.
    - Change prepare_grub_to_access_device to handle filesystems
      loop-mounted on file images.
    - Ignore devices loop-mounted from files in 10_linux.
    - Show the boot menu if the previous boot failed, that is if it failed
      to get to the end of one of the normal runlevels.
    - Handle RAID devices containing virtio components.
    - Don't generate /boot/grub/ during grub-install or
      grub-mkconfig by default.
    - Adjust upgrade version checks for Ubuntu.
    - Don't display "GRUB loading" unless Shift is held down.
    - Adjust versions of grub-doc and grub-legacy-doc conflicts to tolerate
      our backport of the grub-doc split.
    - Fix LVM/RAID probing in the absence of /boot/grub/
    - Look for .mo files in /usr/share/locale-langpack as well, in
    - Make sure GRUB_TIMEOUT isn't quoted unnecessarily.
    - Probe all devices in 'grub-probe --target=drive' if
      /boot/grub/ is missing.
    - Adjust hostdisk id for hard disks, allowing grub-setup to use its
      standard workaround for broken BIOSes.
    - Build-depend on qemu-kvm rather than qemu-system for grub-pc tests.
    - Use qemu rather than qemu-system-i386.
    - Extend the EFI version of grub-install to be able to install into an
      EFI System Partition mounted on /boot/efi in a location that complies
      with the EFI specification.
    - Upgrade the installed core image when upgrading grub-efi-ia32 or
      grub-efi-amd64, although only if /boot/efi/EFI/ubuntu already exists.
    - Make grub-efi-ia32 and grub-efi-amd64 depend on efibootmgr so that


Changed in grub2 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Released
Jeremy Foshee (jeremyfoshee) wrote :

Hi Patrick,

If you could also please test the latest upstream kernel available that would be great. It will allow additional upstream developers to examine the issue. Refer to . Once you've tested the upstream kernel, please remove the 'needs-upstream-testing' tag. This can be done by clicking on the yellow pencil icon next to the tag located at the bottom of the bug description and deleting the 'needs-upstream-testing' text. Please let us know your results.

Thanks in advance.

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tags: added: needs-upstream-testing
tags: added: kj-triage
Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Patrick Domack (patrickdk) wrote :

linux-image-2.6.35-18-generic works
linux-image-2.6.35-20-generic works
linux-image-2.6.36-999-generic (2010-09-08) works

tags: removed: needs-upstream-testing
tags: added: kernel-key-gfxpayload
Po-Hsu Lin (cypressyew) wrote :

Closing this bug with Won't fix as this kernel / release is no longer supported.
Please feel free to open a new bug report if you're still experiencing this on a newer release (Bionic 18.04.3 / Disco 19.04)

Changed in linux (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Won't Fix
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