Grub2 and tty characters illegible white blocks
Binary package hint: grub2
After a fresh install of Natty on my new PC I noticed that upon booting the characters of grub and the 'scrolling list of messages' were completely illegible. Updates were made but it only showed white blocks where there should be messages. Boot up commenced successfully however.
After logging into the normal unity shell I typed Ctrl-Alt-F1 to go to tty1 and found the situation there similar. I could not read anything.
After some searching I found the following post: http://
"For example i use Debian within VirtualBox at a resolution of 1280x800 for the console and also for the Xorg server. If you want you to start with this resolution also for GRUB 2 (remember in the past was very limited this feature, and if you are using VirtualBox or other virtualization programs the annoying result was in resizing the window and than enlarging upon the system goes into graphical mode, for example, with the splash screen: usplash, splashy and others), very nice, no more discrepancies between modes: the line to change into the /etc/default/grub file is GRUB_GFXMODE=
I used a gfxmode=1280x1024 as this is the resolution of my screen. After this both the tty, grub and scrolling list of messages were legible again.
I think the problem is that the 'gfxmode' was set to a property that my new ATI card could not handle?
If any more information is required please let me know.
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.04
Package: grub-common 1.99~rc1-13ubuntu3
Uname: Linux 2.6.38-10-generic x86_64
Date: Wed Jun 15 08:59:29 2011
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Release amd64 (20110427.1)
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)