13/02/2015

[Linux] Boot in console mode

So you absolutely wanted that fancy video driver to work, but it didn't. Now it's impossible to boot into your system, even with the Ctrl+Alt+FX combination to get a tty to show up.

You can however boot directly into console mode. From the GRUB menu, before selecting a line to boot, press the "e" key.

Find the line you were going to boot (usually starts with "linux") and replace:

rgba quiet or rgbh quiet or the similar parameter you may have

with:

text 3

or another number which will be the runlevel of your choice.

Then press F10 to boot from that configuration or save, select the modified line and press enter.

Once you're logged in your console you can always try to start the graphical environment with:

startx

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