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Hey, when I was a noob. It didnt take me more than 5 seconds to figure out that the video setting was wrong when I could hear the computer booting but not see it. That's why I groan. Easy problem, easy solution if thought about for a few moments.
Besides. Checking ALL of your boot options before you say something doesnt work and go for help should definately be your first step. No reason not to fiddle around with the thing and see if it boots with nothing but kernel= and initrd= before you go adding extra's to tweak it.
Thanks for this. I guess we mere mortals will just have to struggle on. I've used computers now for 20 years plus, all types of servers and mainframes.... pcs since pc/m. I do however use them to get a job done, they are a means to an end, not an end in themselves. I can't imagine why, a setting as simple as a vga setting would change when we are up to dozens of kernel revision numbers. Having said that there is a logical answer, there always is.
Intersting isn't it how some are born with instinctive knowledge, never having benefited from help of another person in any form, web, book etc. You are absolutely correct, this is the place to ask these questions and even if they do seem simplistic or worse, they do point to actual challenges the system is going to face is it achieves broader appeal and application.