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Old 04-19-2012, 10:10 PM   #1
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Black screen after booting Ubuntu 11.10 from USB


I'm trying to install ubuntu 11.10 x64 onto my laptop and replace windows. I saved the ubuntu 11.10 DVD iso to my fat32 USB stick and ran the Universal USB installer. I resarted my computer and hit esc then F9 to access the boot menu. From there I was able to boot from my USB. Next, a black menu screen with grey font appeared.

It had 5 or 6 different options to select from, including: Run ubuntu from usb; install ubuntu to hard disk; advanced options; and help. The first two options gave me the same issue. Everything appeared to be fine for about 5 seconds but after many strings of code had appeared on the screen, it flashed once and went completely black. However, I was surprised to hear "chimes" or something (seemingly implying some measure of success) only moments after the screen had gone black. Each time I was forced to restart because I had no idea what was going on with the screen black and all.

Here are my specs:

2.5GHz AMD Dual-Core A4-3305M Accelerated, 6GB RAM, 640GB HDD (G6-1D40CA)

I'm not sure exactly how to tackle this issue; I have no experience installing linux. I'm hoping someone can help me out.

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Old 04-19-2012, 11:32 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ!

Have you tried the option "Run Ubuntu from this USB"(live)? That is the 1st thing to do and if everything goes fine like all hardware is detected, then you can use the second option, reboot and select "install ubuntu to hard disk".

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Old 04-20-2012, 05:50 AM   #3
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Thanks for the welcome.

I tried the first two options from the boot menu:

"Run from this USB" and

"Install Ubuntu to Hard Disk"

Both of these seemed to work fine but eventually the screen flashes and goes black. I did hear "chimes" though but the screen was black. I just opened the laptop last night, ran windows 7 and prepared my usb stick. I even experimented with the help option.

1) Does it matter if I choose "ubuntu 11.10 DVD iso" vs. "Ubuntu 11.10 Desktop iso" when running the Universal USB installer? I selected the former.

2) Should I register my laptop with HP? I'd rather not since im planning on going with Ubuntu anyways.

3) is there anything else I need to do with my laptop to prepare it for installation?

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Old 04-20-2012, 09:38 AM   #4
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Is one of the options "Recovery" of "Failsafe" mode?
You might try that and see if it boots to the Desktop. I had this problem after installing Ubuntu 11.10 to a hard drive.
I've not used the Live CD creator so I don't know which iso would be better. Is it downloaded after you select it or have you previously downloaded it and select it from your computer? I would expect the DVD iso to be larger, how big is your usb stick?
 
Old 04-20-2012, 10:00 AM   #5
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I had the same issue. I ended up mounting Ubuntu 11.04 onto the USB and installing that, and then upgrading to 11.10.
Edit:
I used a blank hdd to load Ubuntu on. Hope this helps.

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Old 04-20-2012, 10:07 AM   #6
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Is one of the options "Recovery" of "Failsafe" mode?
You might try that and see if it boots to the Desktop. I had this problem after installing Ubuntu 11.10 to a hard drive.
I've not used the Live CD creator so I don't know which iso would be better. Is it downloaded after you select it or have you previously downloaded it and select it from your computer? I would expect the DVD iso to be larger, how big is your usb stick?
Thanks for the responses.

The USB stick is 8 gigs.

Heres what another poster suggested:

Originally Posted by MonkeyPaw
The blank screen issue is likely due to your Llano-based APU. It's not uncommon to have issues booting the installer with these APUs, as that is what I found trying to install it on an FM1 desktop. You may have some success by connecting it to an external display using the HDMI. Once you get it installed, you will need to install the AMD proprietary drivers before trying to run on your laptop screen.

1) If I do replace windows with unbuntu, can I still restore my laptop to factory settings via the "system restore" option available from the start up/boot menu, or will this feature be removed after installing Ubuntu? Meaning I'll manually have to backup my (windows OS) on a storage device.


2) And if all goes well, I'll install the AMD drivers whilst still on my TV (via HDMI). I imagine I'll still have to install any other relevant drivers as well ..sound etc? will they be Linux compatible?

Last edited by Idealistic; 04-20-2012 at 10:09 AM.
 
Old 04-20-2012, 11:06 AM   #7
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I had the same issue. I ended up mounting Ubuntu 11.04 onto the USB and installing that, and then upgrading to 11.10.
Edit:
I used a blank hdd to load Ubuntu on. Hope this helps.
1) Were you using an AMD processor when you had the issue? Were you switching from windows?

2) After you mounted Ubuntu 11.04 to the USB, did you install it onto the hdd first, and then install to your comp/laptop or did you run it directly from the USB (on your laptop/comp) right away?**

**I may have misinterpreted "2)". Did you mount Ubuntu 11.04 to a blank hdd and then run directly from the hdd? Afterwards you upgraded to 11.10 right?

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Old 04-20-2012, 11:24 PM   #8
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Ubuntu 12.04 is coming out next week, why install 11.xx now?

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Old 04-21-2012, 05:42 AM   #9
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Ubuntu 12.04 is coming out next week, why install 11.xx now?

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Good point. I wasn't aware (somehow). Hopefully the upgrade will not be too complex; otherwise, I'll be back on here with a new thread lol.

For anyone intereseted:

The problem was due to the absense of Linux/AMD drivers on my latop. I connected it to my TV via HDMI and installed Ubunutu that way. Once I aquired the drivers (which Ubuntu found automatically), I was able to run it entirely on my laptop
 
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