I tested impert
's suggestions in detail and arrived at the following fix.
In interest of readability I repeat myself.
My five points are as follows:
1) I first discovered that Ubuntu does not use /etc/inittab
... so workaround suggesting modifications thereof are unhelpful.
2) Lack of inittab
is not a problem if it turns out that getty
is running. Do a top
and check that getty
3) To be really sure getty
is running, do ctrl-alt-f1
and assume you are at a login screen even though screen appears blank.
Log in as root (on Ubuntu I always enable root) and type reboot
. For me it worked. That confirmed that I did
have a functioning terminal -- but it was invisible.
4) Modify /etc/default/grub looking to delete "quiet splash" as has been suggested several places and
make the following specific changes:
#GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash" <-- Commented this line out
#GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="" <-- And this one -- and added the following two lines:
5) As root, run update-grub
and reboot.. Problem solved!
It is entirely possible that even more minor changes to /etc/default/grub
will work ... but I only tested this far.