I have a custom PC build (AMD Ryzen 3800x, ASUS TUF GAMING X570-PLUS mobo, Nvidia 1660 TI, 16GB ddr4 3200mhz RAM) running Linux Mint 20 (recently released), kernel 5.4.0-39-generic. While it works normally, the 1st TTY just has the LM splash screen spinning (like when it's booting) and the TTYs 1 to 6 are black screen with a blinking cursor.

Other answers I've seen report this issue with Nvidia proprietary drivers, which I do have (driver ver 440) but I'm unsure how to fix this. Booting with nomodeset as a kernel parameter does nothing and has no effect at all. Bear in mind I can freely switch between TTYs (while they all have a blinking cursor and a splash screen for TTY1) and get back to the GUI on TTY7 like normal. Is there a way to get the TTY's back up like it was before?

As far as I recall, running LM19.3 with the same Nvidia drivers keeps the TTYs working - but if there's a fix to using LM20 then I will be more than happy to use it.

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After some messing around, I've found the fix for this situation. Removing splash from the kernel params lets me access the TTYs just like normal.

I noticed TTY1 had the splash screen constantly there so first removing quiet splash with success, and then just splash (which also worked) showed me that splash was indeed the issue. As previously mentioned I have used nomodeset without any help and some online said they could still use the TTYs, just without seeing the text. This was NOT the case for me, and I could not use any of the 6 TTYs.

Whether this is indeed NVIDIA driver related, I don't know. Hope this helps someone else though.

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