Okay, so I've been searching a bit and either by my lack of understanding (I know just enough to be about as dangerous as a fluffy kitten) or because I am just not searching for the right stuff (maybe a little of both), I have been unable to find exactly what I am looking for.
I have a HP Proliant (ML series I believe) server which I installed Ubuntu 12.04.2 on and have been using for ddns, dhcp, dns, etc at my house. The system came with a CD-ROM and I replaced it with a DVD burner. Upon reboot the system showed a screen which alternated from a black to a slightly lighter shade on approximately a 1 second interval. Everything I have found refers to blinking cursors with grub, but I don't have a cursor.
After wiping the raid 1 and reformatting the drives and re-installing ubuntu and subsequently grub2 several times because I thought perhaps the fd0 error I was seeing was because the system was not booting from the HDD and going on to attempt to boot from the floppy. I removed the floppy and disabled it in BIOS, but it still showed me the flashing screen when I should be seeing grub. After several hours, I gave up and later a friend came by and looked at it. After he looked over the raids, BIOS, etc, he hit a few keys on the flashing screen and the system loaded linux (it is the server edition so no GUI) with lots of information about what was being loaded. I'm not sure if that is normally displayed since I'm usually not looking at a screen attached to the system when it boots, but the system DID boot.
The one [FAILURE] was something to the effect of
loading graphics (failsafe/fallback?) which I assumed meant that the graphics driver that grub2 was trying to utilize was not available in the kernel or something was wrong with it. I looked in the .cfg file to see if maybe I could figure out the issue and I found a function called
load_video with some insmod lines for vbe, vga, video_bochs and video_cirrus (in that order). I tried a modprobe for each and none were found. I might be using modprobe wrong here and I'm probably going at this problem all wrong, which concludes the exorbitant explanation of how I got from discovery of problem to here.
In short, I have a flashing screen instead of seeing a grub menu and the system is not completing its boot to ubuntu server 12.04.2 (seems to be graphics driver/setting(s) related) and I need to know how to resolve the issue so the system will automatically boot to the OS as per usual.