The following will prevent the graphical startup screen.
When you get to the grub menu, select the first or second entry, press 'e', select the second line, press 'e' and change it so the last part reads something like
/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-24-386 root=UUID=283d3c32-63ce-4f1b-ac55-0c43c7642765 ro
Your UUID as well as the kernel version will be different! It's about the ro
without additional stuff at the end. This is a temporary change.
Next press 'b' to boot and and you should get to a system with a graphical screen.
Hope this helps you on the way to get at least a system with a graphical interface. You can make this change permanent by editing /boot/grub/menu.lst
(not the topic at this stage).
If you have problems after the bootup (garbled or no video)
Get into recovery mode as you did before; select the root option to get you to a shell. Your prompt will look something like 'root@yoursystemname'
At the prompt type
fortyfourgalena@desktop1:~$ nano /var/log/Xorg.0.log
is the log file that people are referring to and nano
is an editor
(this is, the control key and W at the same time) and search for EE
write down the errors; you can post them here
to exit; if prompted to save, press n
fortyfourgalena@desktop1:~$ nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
is the configuration file that defines the configuration of the graphical user interface.
and search for section "device"
Identifier "NVIDIA Corporation NV44 [GeForce 6200 TurboCache]"
# WimS: removed for LCD screen
# Option "UseEdidFreqs" "False"
Check the driver (in my case nvidia) and post it here. Change the line so it reads
and save when prompted
You can now reboot your system
fortyfourgalena@desktop1:~$ shutdown -r now
This should get you to a working graphical environment.
Please provide the errors and the driver that was chosen by Ubuntu. Also let us know the make and model of the monitor.
PS Info taken from Ubuntu 8.04