In /etc/inittab are the definitions to call mingetty. Unfortately mingetty
on console tty1 is called in a way so that it clears the screen. I had
several occassions where this prevented me from seing an error message.
I therefore suggest that you change
1:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty --noclear tty1
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 1144 ***