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I have at work several xserv doing nothing, and I want to install Ubuntu. I booted from the CD choose Efi and edited the kernel option to add nomodeset so it boots normally.
Then the kernel loaded fine until it hit the Ubuntu GUI installer which gave me unreadable Screen and colors, however I can see the mouse moving and if I hit enter on keyboard the installer jumps to other page in the installation but not readable at all. I tried kernel Options: video=vesa and other video modes But still same! any ideas regarding this?
**note that I tried ubuntu 12.10 server same thing happens when it reaches console mode.
Here is a video uploaded on youtube: http://youtu.be/pmJRlc3DvMA
After ssh normally to the xserv, I installed xorg-driver-fglrx and xserver-xorg-video-radeon and rebooted with nomodeset, solved the console mode graphic problem. I can see everything clear, now I am installing the GUI apt-get install ubuntu-desktop to see if it works thru.
well now after installing the ubuntu-desktop it does not connect to the xserver so xserver-xorg does not start. I removed fglrx and here is a paste of my xorg.log
I removed the nomodeset and updated grub and rebooted, what was new is that it booted the Grub with the colored Menu and booted the system without a problem till it went to the console mode. Now logging in and typing: startx
Have you tried making a layout and screen configuration and saving it in the x.org file? It looks like it's failing because it can't find or determine a configuration, maybe you just need to supply one. Have you tried using xrandr?
As guyonearth suggested I created an xorg.conf file and rebooted! the Lightdm screen comes up!! Now I have a running X FINALLY! however when I login it quickly blink and shows back the lightdm login.
I went in to console and typed: startx, it opened Gnome desktop only no menus! I can only right click and create folder on the desktop.
*** Reminder that this is an ubuntu-server 12.10 and after I installed it, I did the apt-get install ubuntu-desktop. (555MB)
Is there anything else related to ubuntu-desktop to work?
Ubuntu (Unity) desktop and Gnome Desktop are not the same thing, which one did you install? I suspect the reason that there are no menus is because the server install doesn't install any of the scripts that create the menus, much like it didn't create an x.org either.