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After a clean install of Ubuntu 9.10 in Virtual PC 2007 the screen looks like the one in the image below. There's no X installed, I only want to access the terminal. How can I address this issue?

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Virtual PC isn't very compatible with Linux.

Try Virtual Box (free) or VMWare (not free, but well worth the money.)

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Good advice. Unfortunately installing Virtual Box is not an option on this system because it wants to add some drivers which are not certified by Microsoft. – Tihauan Nov 26 '09 at 22:52
just curious (I am not a windows user). Are you saying that windows does not let install what you want unless Microsoft approves of that first? – mac Nov 26 '09 at 23:00
@mac: Yeah, but remember Virtual PC is free. It appears Ubuntu runs fine on HyperV – Andomar Nov 26 '09 at 23:05
@mac: I think it's a domain policy applied to this computer. – Tihauan Nov 26 '09 at 23:09

Try following This article to see if disabling the framebuffer helps you get your console back.

You could also look at This post for further information and work arounds.

Hope this helps. These tips will also apply to any other GNU/Linux distribution if it suffers similiar problems.

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No success with these. It seems the grub configuration is different in 9.10 and I could not find the values mentioned in the article. – Tihauan Nov 26 '09 at 23:24

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