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Old 12-28-2009, 01:05 AM   #1
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Unhappy Can't Boot Ubuntu 9.10 LiveCD/DVD on Dell Inspiron 1545 with Display


I have tried to get my Dell Inspiron 1545 (with 2 cpus) to boot and display Ubuntu 9.10 LiveCD and DVD (including the 9.10 Dell recovery DVD), both 32-bit and 64-bit. The system is currently running 9.04 (32-bit) flawlessly. I've also tried safe mode and turned off apic, etc. and connected an external monitor. I believe it boots (I can hear the start up tune) but I have no display on the LCD panel and cannot get to a shell terminal. I get some boot info on the external monitor (none on the LCD panel) but eventually goes black with no display. It will boot a Fedora 12 LiveCD with no problems. Not sure what else to try. Obviously I'm afraid to try to upgrade from 9.04 to 9.10 or even do a clean install of 9.10. I've upgraded 4 other computers to 9.10 without problems (except on one I had to do a clean install as it failed to reboot after the upgrade). Any ideas would be appreciated.
 
Old 12-28-2009, 06:42 PM   #2
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Hmm, my 1545 boots perfectly from the 9.1 CD. Which graphics chip do you have? the Nvidia/ATI or the intel one?
 
Old 12-29-2009, 08:23 AM   #3
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During boot edit grub to remove quiet and splash and try it.
 
Old 01-03-2010, 03:49 PM   #4
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Here is info on the display:

lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Memory Controller Hub (rev 07)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)
 
Old 01-03-2010, 03:51 PM   #5
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I've tried removing quiet and splash - more printout before screen goes blank. How can I get it to boot into a console and prevent X from loading?
 
Old 01-04-2010, 02:41 PM   #6
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When the system does try to start the X server, just press CTRL-ALT-F1 to go to a text login screen.
 
  


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