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I've installed Ubuntu server 11 after my last hard drive failed to perform. The install process and GRUB screen are OK but I have a problem with the console. I attached two photos because it's difficult for me to describe this issue. I have little knowledge about Linux. My server is used for git, file server, print server. I played with this command dpkg-reconfigure console-setup but no effect.

It's nothing physicality wrong with my display or my memory(it's on board). I have run a memtest, and besides that withe the previous version of Ubuntu I've had no problems.

The problem.

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What graphics card do you have? – Lekensteyn Jul 1 '11 at 8:04
Is a dell optiplex gx50. Video is onboard. The chipset is intel 810. – andySF Jul 4 '11 at 11:48
I can confirm this problem on an old Dell Machine that I just installed 11.04 Server on. This could be a bug. I'm hoping you find a solution! – Nick Aug 12 '11 at 3:17
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You could try temporary disabling KMS pressing e in the GRUB menu and navigate using your arrow keys to the linux line. Before --, add nomodeset. Be sure to have a space before and after it, it should look like:

quiet nomodeset --

You should install openssh-server so you can remotely manage your server even if the displays fails to show text. See also the Ubuntu wiki on SSH

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Is this what i should try to do? I get the same screen.… btw, i have ssh and is running ok. – andySF Jul 4 '11 at 11:41
That's indeed the command. I can't find the graphics card on , can you boot in Recovery mode? (Hold Shift to get to the GRUB2 menu). If not, can you post the output of lspci | grep VGA (using SSH ;) )? Can you also upload the contents of /var/log/Xorg.0.log and /var/log/kern.log to and post the links? – Lekensteyn Jul 4 '11 at 15:39
Thank you for your time. The kern.log and the lspci | grep VGA output is here: I have ubuntu server, so i think that Xorg.0.log is not in my system for that reason. I will also try the first method. Now I'm not at the office. – andySF Jul 5 '11 at 9:17

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