I just installed a fresh copy of ArchLinux (2012-11-01) by following the installation guide.
When I boot into the new system, I am presented with a nice GRUB menu, then the loading messages. All this is fine until I get to the TTY login prompt which is completely illegible.
I tried running the
setfont command but that changes the font to another illegible character set. I also tried setting the font in
/etc/vconsole.conf but, again it is just gibberish, even though I can see that there is a change.
It appears no matter what font I set it to, it is not readable. I also verified that I am able to login to the system with my root password (if I look closely, I can almost make out the characters being displayed on the screen).
Here are the computer details:
Product Name: Compaq PC Processor Type: Celeron Processor Speed: 566/66 MHz Memory Size: 512MB System ROM Date: 02/11/00 System ROM Family: 686C3 Chasis Serial Number: 1X03DCV8N496
Is this an issue with the display card (since this is a very old computer) or misconfiguration?
KEYMAP=us FONT= FONT_MAP=
Any ideas please?
sh-4.2# lspci | grep VGA 00:01.0 VGA Compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82810E DC-133 (CGC) Chipset Grapics Controller (rev 03) sh-4.2# pacman -Ss xf86-video | grep installed sh-4.2#
Interestingly, I just installed a fresh copy of Ubuntu 12.04 and the same thing happens. Everything is fine when booting from CD, but as soon as I boot into the new OS, the console is unreadable.