If you are running an Ubuntu guest in VMware, you may have found that you cannot switch into the Console mode using Ctrl+Alt+F1. If you try, you will encounter a blank screen and won’t see a login prompt at all.
There’s an easy workaround for this, but it’s not an obvious one. I’ll have to thank larstr on IRC for this tip.
Open up /boot/grub/menu.lst using the following command (or use your favorite editor)
sudo gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
Find the section that looks like this:
## ## End Default Options ##
title Ubuntu, kernel 2.6.17-10-386
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.17-10-386 root=UUID=8312b3d9-e087-439b-8f3b-21f4b00434f1 ro quiet splash
Remove “splash” from the kernel line. Save the file, and reboot.
You should now be able to switch to console mode by using Ctrl+Alt+F1 (or F2-F6)