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Old 14. Jan 2011, 04:50 PM   #11 (permalink)
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@Wdhpr. Now worries. I understood why you posted that link. Unless you have had the problem they are referring to in that thread, it is hard to know what they mean by "...it would fall back to the text based boot screen."

Normally Plymouth puts up a nice splash with the distro's logo in good resolution, and some animation. The "text based boot screen" he refers to is where Plymouth defaults a splash screen that has no logo, is low res, and only prints the name of the disto in text above the animated dots. This text based boot screen is different than what I was referring to when I said I ended up in the recovery console.
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Old 14. Jan 2011, 05:22 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Normally Plymouth puts up a nice splash with the distro's logo in good resolution, and some animation. The "text based boot screen" he refers to is where Plymouth defaults a splash screen that has no logo, is low res, and only prints the name of the disto in text above the animated dots.
Wow. I wish my linux problems were that easy
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Old 15. Jan 2011, 05:27 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I was trying to help by pointing to other discussions I have read on linuxquestions.org and ubuntu forums. There was a discussion about how a few people had a similar errors. while they were booting, it would fall back to the the text based boot screen.
If the startup splash logo is changed to text after applying a graphics driver, the StartUp-Manager can be used to change the text back to the logo by adjusting to higher resolution and color depth supported by the driver.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/cont...t-Boot-Options
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If the startup splash logo is changed to text after applying a graphics driver, the StartUp-Manager can be used to change the text back to the logo by adjusting to higher resolution and color depth supported by the driver.
Since we are already way off topic......

JoJoyee is right. Startup Manager will basically do what the script that has been promoted around the net does. In my opinion the Startup Manager is a lot safer way to do it. On the other hand StartUp-Manager has a few short comings such as not supporting wide screen resolutions. For this I would recommend Plymouth Manager. https://launchpad.net/plymouth-manager. (there are .deb packages for easy install or you can use a ppa) Not only does it support more screen resolutions, it also allows you change your Plymouth Theme. You can create your own custom theme and install it as well.
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By the way was you able to fix the problem?

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By the way was you able to fix the problem?

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Nope. I had a bunch of guys over at the Linux Mint forums giving advice too. Mostly things I had already tried. It is not really that big of a deal.

I timed myself setting up Linux Mint adding all my most used programs, and adding all the customizations and compiz effects. It took under an hour. Can't imagine doing that with a fresh install of Windows.
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It is not really that big of a deal.
Doesn't look like it was hard to get back to normal.
But its always nice to find out what caused the problem.
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Doesn't look like it was hard to get back to normal.
But its always nice to find out what caused the problem.
No it was not all that hard. I did have Ubuntu set up very nice, but most of it was just themes and icons and such. Since all my files were intact, and I have backups anyway, it was a simple matter to get Mint looking just as nice. In fact I am rather liking this version of Mint. I am thinking of installing a distro I have not tried yet in my broken Ubuntu's place. Maybe I will give a non-Debian/Ubuntu based distro a go to see what the differences are.

What I have on the plate, Fedora, OpenSuse, Sabayon, PClinxOS, Arch, or Mandriva. Any opinions of which way to go?
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What I have on the plate, Fedora, OpenSuse, Sabayon, PClinxOS, Arch, or Mandriva. Any opinions of which way to go?
With having a little over 2 years experience with Linux.
One of my first tries with Linux was with Mandriva which is of the Fedora/Redhat genre. The problem I had with Mandriva was the driver support. To be fair many of my problems can be contributed to my inexperience.

MC has made positive comments about Mandriva and had mentioned there is supposed to be a new release coming shortly.

I wish I had a more flexible setup so I could experiment more.

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It is funny, about the time I ready to give up on trying to fix it, I decided to give it one more shot using a LiveCD to reinstall Grub. This time around it worked.

I had to mount some necessary items, then chroot'ed from the livecd environment to my ubuntu install partition (So the changes would affect my ubuntu install rather that the temporary livecd environment.) Then I followed procedures to use apt-get to purge the grub install and then reinstalled it from current packages online. More details can be found at my last post on the Linux Mint forum. (user name Majgeek)
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