I just recently installed Linux Mint Elyssa on an older eMachines t2040 computer. I am having two minor issues when booting (these are not major problems, but they're just sort of inconvenient).
First, when Grub loads, the screen overflows my display. I can see all of my standard options and everything, but I cannot see the command line at the bottom, so I can't adjust the boot parameters.
Secondly, after I make a choice with Grub, rather than seeing the standard Mint boot splash, I have a completely blank screen until the log in screen appears. I get a completely blank screen when shutting down the computer, too.
Normally, neither of these are serious problems. However, without being able to see the command line on Grub, it is difficult to put it into verbose mode (which does actually work when I choose that; it does not show a blank screen when in verbose mode). As a result, if I have any issues booting Mint (like I was having the other day), I can't see where the boot process is hanging.
Does anyone have any suggestions to help me work out these issues? I've seen some posts suggesting the installation of Startup-Manager, which I am installing now. I will report back if that gives me any luck.
Also, just as an aside, why is it not possible to hit the escape key while booting to move from "splash" mode to verbose mode? I was under the impression that that was universal on Linux, but have found that I can't do that in Mint. Is there any way to enable that in Mint?