I'm attempting to install linux on a (mostly headless) machine that fails when it attempts to pipe out VGA resolution graphics (or, in other words, it can only handle vanilla console text). Ten years ago, this wouldn't really be a problem, but I can't seem to find a linux distribution with an installer that doesn't have a VGA bootloader splashscreen.
For what it's worth, every installer that I've seen has a VGA splash screen, including "text only" CLI/TUI installers like Arch and Ubuntu Alternate. Once it switches to VGA, the card fails and I can't get it back without rebooting.
Is there a config file that can be edited such that GRUB goes into text-only mode? I'm using Debian 6.05, but the actual distribution doesn't matter as long as it's some linux variant.