rdblacklist=nouveau nomodeset vga=ask
Starting from release 16, Fedora uses Grub2 as the bootloader. The unfortunate side effect of this change is that the vga parameter is now obsolete. I absolutely hate the ugly text based boot screen - but going back to the nouveau driver was not an option. (Simply because I am stubborn like a mule). So after a lot of tinkering, here's how I managed to get back the graphical boot screen.
- Find the video modes supported by the vbe driver. To do this, press "c" at the grub menu to launch the grub console and run the following commands:
set pager=1 insmod vbe vbeinfo
vbeinfo command will list all the accessible video modes it finds. Choose one that you like. Eg. 1280x800x24. Press ESC to exit the console and hit ENTER to boot the OS.
- Create a Grub2 font. I chose the excellent DejaVu font as the example here. Feel free to choose a different font in it's place.
sudo grub2-mkfont --output=/boot/grub2/DejaVuSansMono.pf2 --size=24 /usr/share/fonts/dejavu/DejaVuSansMono.ttf
- Edit /etc/default/grub and add the following lines to the end
GRUB_VIDEO_BACKEND="vbe" GRUB_TERMINAL_OUTPUT="gfxterm" GRUB_FONT_PATH="/boot/grub2/DejaVuSansMono.pf2" GRUB_GFXMODE="1280x800x24"
replace GRUB_FONT_PATH with the correct filename of the font you generated in the previous step. GRUB_GFXMODE should be the mode you chose from the output of the vbeinfo command.
- Backup /boot/grub2/grub.cfg and regenerate it using the new settings.
sudo cp /boot/grub2/grub.cfg /boot/grub2/grub.cfg.bkp sudo grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg
- Reboot and enjoy the graphics.