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"nomodeset" trick no longer works - blank screen on old GeForce2

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https://bbs.archlinux.org – I am installing Arch on an old Dell laptop with a NV11 GeForce2 video chipset. Although adding "nomodeset" to the kernel pararmeters line works fine when I boot from the Arch install CD, I can not get a console or anything else when I boot from the new install. What happens is the message "Grub Loading Welcome to GRUB!" appears for a split second, then the screen goes completely dark. I have tried to temporaraly change the boot parameters on the new install by pressing the SHIFT button when grub2 is loading, but the the screen goes blank before displaying anything to edit.I (HowTos)