howto enable text mode in ubuntu 14.04 to use console in TEXTCONS ILO HP servers

by iman

hi.

by default, when you ssh to ilo of server and type TEXTCONS (to use shell) you see this error:

Monitor is in graphics mode or an unsupported text mode.

so you need to add “vga=normal nomodeset 3″  to kernel boot parameters like this:

1. open /etc/default/grub config file:

#vim /etc/default/grub

2. add the following line to the file like this:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”vga=normal nomodeset 3”
3. update grub:

# update-grub

BTW: you need to disable Power-On logo in system BIOS. At boot time, press F9 and when you are in RBSU locate Advanced Options > Advanced System ROM Options > Power-On Logo, and set it to Disabled. The first part is solved, when you boot your server you can watch POST messages on ilo text cons while booting up.

ref: http://h20565.www2.hp.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?sp4ts.oid=4091412&docId=emr_na-c02700808&lang=en&cc=us

http://ops.kinja.com/dealing-with-ilo-text-console-634258567