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Fixing problems no tty in Ubuntu 15.10 fglrx

wyldckat edited this page Jan 24, 2016 · 4 revisions


Recently with the new machine I assembled with an AMD A10-7850K (which has a fairly powerful integrated GPU), I'm using Ubuntu 15.10 x86_64 and the AMD/ATI fglrx drivers, because I want to have good graphics.

Anyway, this was all nice and dandy, until I needed the bare-bone terminals that are accessible via Ctrl+Alt+F1-6. It was always black or a shade of dark grey. After a lot of Googling and testing, I finally managed to figure it out.


The following posts are the main precursors to fix this problem:


1. Make sure you have properly removed any other hacks you tried, by running:

  grep vga /proc/cmdline
  grep -ir vga /etc/modprobe.d/

At one point in my trial and error, I had it in the file /etc/default/grub.

2. Install v86d, so that we can use uvesafb:

  sudo apt-get install v86d

3. Edit the file /etc/initramfs-tools/modules and add this line:

  uvesafb mode_option=1920x1080-32 mtrr=3 scroll=ywrap

I'm assuming here you have the same resolution as I have, namely 32-bit colour with 1920x1080 resolution.

4. Change the following lines in the file /etc/default/grub:


to this:


Note: The change to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT is optional.

5. Now let's update the boot image and grub:

  sudo update-initramfs -u
  sudo update-grub2

6. Disable plymouth daemon, otherwise it will want to complain to Canonical about "how things cashed":

  sudo mv /etc/init/plymouth.conf /etc/init/plymouth.conf.disabled

7. Reboot and if all goes well, Ctrl+Alt+F1-6 will work as intended. It might take a few seconds for the monitor to re-adapt to the new rendering display.

8. If the following command:

  dmesg | grep "mode switch failed"

gives you one or more lines like this:

  uvesafb: mode switch failed (eax=0x34f, err=0). Trying again with default timings.

meh... disregard and assume it's only a warning. I tried a lot of stuff and nothing removed this crazy issue.

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