On Sat, 02 Oct 2010 14:14:25 -0400, you wrote: >On Sat, 2010-10-02 at 17:55 +0100, Peter Crighton wrote: >> At no point can I get to a text login screen (Ctrl-Alt-F1) so I can't >> even debug it! >> >> Can anyone suggest what is wrong or how to overcome it? > >Boot in verbose mode to runlevel 3 by hitting a character at the start >of the boot to get a GRUB menu (<space> in convenient). When the menu >appears type "a" to append (no quotes - actually edit) the kernel line. >Backspace through "rhgb quite" and add "3" then <Enter>. Should boot to >a text console where you can debug. If that fails, then try single user >mode - just substitute "1" for "3". Thanks for that. It's the config for the video card - it was set to 24 bit depth. Changing to 8 allows it to boot (it's a Matrox Millenium card). I'm not overly bothered by the low colour depth (it's going to be a NAS server for file backup) but is this a common fault with the Matrox Millenium card?