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[ubuntu] Corrupted, white terminals

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I apologize if this has been addressed. I've searched here and in google to no avail. Perhaps my google-fu is failing me, who knows. Anyway, my problem isn't really an important one, just an annoyance. It seems that in (for lack of a better term) "pure" terminals; ie. if I hit crtl-alt-f1, I'm at a new session, or during a bootup/shutdown. At those times, I get a screen full of white, with some characters showing (heavily corrupted). However, if I go into a terminal within gui it's perfectly fine. Please forgive me for I am extremely rusty in Linux in general, but have used in (Hardware)