The problem is that standard resolution in Ubuntu Server is too high in the main tty. I t should be 640x480 (vga).
Just set in /etc/default/grub:
But also change:
$> update-grub2; reboot
‘nomodeset’ was preventing it from switching to highest resolution.
When you remove ‘quiet’ it will say what it does at boot time. Well I would remove quiet as well – who doesn’t want to know what is going on?!