Comment 0 for bug 761830

Binary package hint: grub2

Using the Natty Beta 2 Alternate CD, I installed two command-line only systems, and updated each of them (with "sudo apt-get update" followed by "sudo apt-get upgrade"). One was with the amd64 CD, on a Sony Vaio VGN-NW310F. The other was with the i386 CD, on a VMware Workstation 7.1.4 build-385536 virtual machine (host OS: Natty amd64 with kernel version 2.6.38-8-generic). In both cases, when boot-up completed, I was on tty7 with a blank, black screen, with the exception of a blinking cursor at the upper-left corner. Pressing Alt+F1 through Alt+F6 gave me usable virtual terminals, and pressing Alt+F7 brought me back to that black screen. This is almost exactly the same behavior as I reported in bug 695658; later, a similar bug which was decided to also be about this issue was reported as bug 700686 and subsequently fixed, and bug 695658 was marked as a duplicate of bug 700686. Suspecting that this may be the same issue (i.e., that those bugs were perhaps not fully fixed), I ran this command on both systems:

grep handoff /etc/grub.d/10_linux

And, confirming my suspicions, I got this out on both systems:

    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="$GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT vt.handoff=7"

I posted about this in bug 700686 and Colin Watson said I should open a new bug, so that's what this bug is. The information attached by apport is from the i386 system (i.e., the virtual machine). In order to make reporting this bug convenient, I did install two additional packages and their dependencies--openssh-server, and apport.

I have not yet tested this in a newly installed Ubuntu Server system.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.04
Package: grub-pc 1.99~rc1-12ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.38-8.42-generic 2.6.38.2
Uname: Linux 2.6.38-8-generic i686
Architecture: i386
Date: Fri Apr 15 10:29:08 2011
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Beta i386 (20110413)
ProcEnviron:
 LANG=en_US.UTF-8
 SHELL=/bin/bash
SourcePackage: grub2
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)