I think what you want to do is "see the messages from the kernel as linux is booting" instead of look at the "pretty splash screen".
If this is the case then you need to edit your kernel boot line in grub
(I don't know which for fc13) and remove the bit that says quiet
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-28-generic root=/dev/sda5 ro quiet splash
If you want to read your kernel's messages after you have booted, they are in the file /var/log/messages