Some distribution try to find proper device, if they dont find device
they try to open port serial 9800,noparity
if ubuntu has not this kind of ability , remove disk and attach
on other computer, install Linux, then put disk in
I would put the disk in another machine and install it from there.
Or boot a live CD with a ssh server, export the disk and install with deboostrap or as a VM
on the exported disk (for instance via nbd).
I think you cant install ubuntu in text base
you can install Redhat in text base or instal esx after install ubuntu on esx