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Old 03-02-2010, 10:34 AM   #1
whiteknight87
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Mint 8 install problem Lenovo SL510 widescreen


Hi all,

I want to install Linux Mint 8 on my lenovo sl 510 laptop. It is a widescreen notebook with 1366x768 resolution. Integrated Intel graphics card

So when i put the mint livecd, it shows me the grub, when i press the start linux mint, the screen goes blank and never returns. I can hear the login sound of mint though....Tried Ubuntu 9.10 and same problem. However I am able to install and boot fedora 12 easily, but thats what i want.

I think its a problem related to the X startup.

Can someone please help me install Mint 8 on my notebook. Feel really help less.

Also i wont be able to post any log files for that matter as i am not able to boot into the linux system. (Win7 however works fine.)
Thanks,
Ashish
 
Old 03-02-2010, 10:38 AM   #2
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press ctrl + alt + F2 after boot. Hopefully, this will get you to a command prompt. Login with whatever username and password you set up in your install and paste the contents of /var/log/Xorg.0.log here.
 
Old 03-02-2010, 11:34 PM   #3
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press ctrl + alt + F2 after boot. Hopefully, this will get you to a command prompt. Login with whatever username and password you set up in your install and paste the contents of /var/log/Xorg.0.log here.
Thanks for your reply Bret...

As i said, I am not able to "install" mint. While installation, the only thing i see is the grub and then just a blank screen. Well, I haven't tried going to tty during boot from livecd. Will try it out and post the results.
 
Old 03-07-2010, 11:17 AM   #4
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Hi,

I tried logging into terminal. But it didn't show up. I heard the Mint log in sound and tried after that.

Need some help here please.

Thanks
Ashish
 
Old 04-16-2010, 10:59 PM   #5
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blank login screen

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Hi,

I tried logging into terminal. But it didn't show up. I heard the Mint log in sound and tried after that.

Need some help here please.

Thanks
Ashish
Hi Whiteknight,

Your problem most likely is caused by laptop display. Some displays are not truly 100% 1366x768 compatible. If you laptop has a VGA port connect an external monitor that supports 1366x768. I had a similar problem when I upgraded my monitor from a 19" to a 27". The 27" monitor would display the BIOS screen and the grub menu, but would go blank at the login screen. I found this problem when I connect the old display back. I thought the new display support 1366x768 resolution, but I guess it doesn't like linux's version of 1366x768. Both Ubuntu and Linux Mint have the same problem because the login window is configured upfront to 1366x768. You can't change it because you can't login to linux What a nice design Many people don't have the extra monitor to play with so they give eventually give up.


Good luck,
Brooklyn
 
Old 04-16-2010, 11:29 PM   #6
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Hi,

I figured out the work around with Ubuntu.

1. Successfully installing Ubuntu using the alternate edition CD.
2. In the grub, press e.
3. After some lines, after "splash ro quiet", enter i915.modeset=0 and then boot by using the key combination mentioned in the screen.

Thats it. After you are in Ubuntu, make that change permanent in grub.cfg file.

Thanks for all your support guys.

Ashish
 
Old 04-26-2010, 06:28 AM   #7
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Dude, I use a thinpad edge 15.6 and tried to install ubuntu 9.10 and had the same problem. I managed it changing to "save graphic mode" with F4 in the menu... it then installed ok
 
Old 04-26-2010, 11:09 PM   #8
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Dude, I use a thinpad edge 15.6 and tried to install ubuntu 9.10 and had the same problem. I managed it changing to "save graphic mode" with F4 in the menu... it then installed ok
Hi,

I had actually tried that but it didnt help. It still showed blank screen.
But this might help someone having similar problem. Thanks for putting it up.

Ashish
 
  


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