The Boot Prompt Function Keys in Ubuntu Linux
Part of the Ubuntu Linux For Dummies Cheat Sheet
You can choose from several options to control the startup process when booting from the Ubuntu CD-ROM. When you see the Ubuntu startup menu (the first menu option is Start or install Ubuntu) you have the option to select an alternative.
The following lists provide a summary of those codes.
Using the F1 Help Menu
Press the F1 function key and the Welcome to Ubuntu help menu opens. You can then press the following function keys to get specific information.
F1 The main F1 menu
F2: Minimum hardware requirements
F3: Several methods you can use to start Ubuntu.
For instance, you can turn off power-saving mode if you're having problems getting Ubuntu to boot and suspect that option is causing the problem.
F4: Additional boot methods.
F5: Special boot parameters overview (why you might use boot parameters and where to find them)
F6: Hardware specific special boot parameters (examples of boot parameters for specific devices)
F7: More hardware specific special boot parameters (more examples of boot parameters you might use for specific devices)
F8: Debugging oriented special boot parameters.
F9: Describes how you can get help from Ubuntu.
Esc: Exits the Help menu
F2 Language Menu
Pressing the F2 function key opens an extensive language support menu. Use the Up and Down cursor keys to navigate the menu and select a language.
F3 Key Map Menu
Pressing the F3 function key opens an extensive keyboard support menu. Use the Up and Down cursor keys to navigate the menu and select the mapping that matches you keyboard.
F4 VGA Menu
If you're not satisfied with your computer screen's resolution, press the F4 function key. A menu displays a selection of screen resolutions. Use the Up and Down cursor keys to select a resolution from the menu.
F5 Accessibility Menu
This menu provides options to help access your computer for those who need extra help. Use the Up and Down cursor keys to select a assistant option. For instance, select the High Contrast option if you need a brighter screen.
F6 Others Menu
This menu opens a one-line text editor showing the Ubuntu kernel boot options. You can modify any options that are
Fed to the Linux kernel
Used by the kernel to start your Ubuntu computer
Getting a Virtual Terminal
Linux provides six virtual consoles (text-based command-line interfaces). Simultaneously, pressing the Control (Ctrl) and Alternate (Alt) keys with any of the functions keys from F1 through F6. For example, press Ctrl-Alt-F1.
Return to the graphics screen by pressing Ctrl-Alt-F7.