boot into text mode

You may want your workstation to start (and stay) in text mode, rather than booting up a window manager. There are two parts to this; the boot loader and the boot process. Change them both by editing the grub.conf file

sudo vi /etc/default/grub

# Comment out these two to prevent the "error: no video mode activated" bug
#GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT=0
#GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET=true

#GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="text"

GRUB_TERMINAL=console

sudo update-grub

In versions 15.* of ubuntu, you'll need to also execute the command

sudo systemctl set-default multi-user.target

You can then start the window manager with the command

sudo start lightdm


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