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Old 09-07-2012, 03:09 PM   #1
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blank screen with blinking cursor


It seems that no matter which version of Linux that I try to install (other that Ubuntu 10.10 or older)or try out, my machine only boots up a black screen with a blinking cursor in the upper left of my screen. From Fedora to Backtrack, none produce more than the black screen. I have tried the only thing that I know 'nomodeset' during boot up, doesn't help. I think it may be a hardware issue with kernels or grubs. Here is a list of my hardware:
Motherboard> MSI P67A-C43 version 1
BIOS> American Megatrends Inc. version V1.19
CPU> Intel i7-2600k @3.40GHz 64 bit.
Memory> Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 times 4
Sensor> Hardware monitor ID=0x19341005
Devices> Many ask if needed.
PCI> Many ask if needed.
System Slots> 7
Network Adapter 1> Virtualbox
Network Adapter 2> Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller.
Video> MSI GeForrce GTX 460 v2
Sound Device> Nvidia and Realtek
Storage> Seagate model ST31500541AS
That's about all I can find.
The black screen is a definite downer all help is greatly appreciated.
Jonnynitro138
Oh I am using a flash drive to install with DVDs get expensive to keep burning. I am using LiveUSBCreator and Unetbootin to make the flash drive images to boot from. I do try the ISO's in Virtual-box and they, the Linux ISO's, work there.
 
Old 09-07-2012, 03:26 PM   #2
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Just clearing some things up here.. You get the black screen BEFORE or AFTER installation of said distro?

Also, are you trying to install from a live disk/usb or are you burning the actual ISO to the usb?
 
Old 09-07-2012, 03:35 PM   #3
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Hi, sorry for the confusion. I get the black screen with blinking cursor right after boot up I never get an actual log in or start up menu to install from. I have tried both live CDs and installation ISOs. I use the flash drive because my DVD writer is a bit slow.
Thank you
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I think that the LiveUSBCreator (made by Fedora) makes a live usb from the ISO.

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Old 09-07-2012, 04:00 PM   #4
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I've had terrible experiences trying to install from a USB. Took that as a learning experience and moved on.

If you don't mind, how were you burning the ISO's to the DVD's before attempting to boot?
 
Old 09-07-2012, 05:16 PM   #5
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On Windows I have LG Burning Tools, I double click the ISO and Image Burner starts, I select the slowest download speed for best quality. After which I reinsert the disk and reboot. I have change my boot options to boot from USB first then the DVD writer then the hard drive. Funny thing is is that I just burned OpenSuSe 12.something and tried it... it installed I now am using OpenSuSe 12. something. My hard drive is 1.5 terabytes so holding 3 or 4 OS's is a possibility, + my system can hold 6 of them. I'm still not quite sure what to do with all that space, but I am in school and hopefully I will find out soon from some other students, since my major is not computers.
So what is different in OpenSuSe compared to the other Linux distro's? I would love to have the option of using an external drive to hold more OS's, for the experience of using them.
Thank you
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:26 PM   #6
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I'm glad your problem is fixed! I wonder what was causing the black screen?

And I am not sure how OpenSuse stacks up to other distros..
 
Old 09-07-2012, 05:35 PM   #7
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Lol I'm not quite sure myself how it worked, thats why I am not going to post this as solved yet. I would like to learn how to fix the problem that I have with other distro's. I think it may be that the video card is still to new or something like that. I searched Google and I think it may have something to do with the kernel I just don't know enough to access and manipulate programs yet.
Again thank you
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