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Old 06-16-2012, 09:58 PM   #1
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Unhappy Linux Mint13 install with nomodeset


I can run the Mint13 Live DVD with "nomodeset" and it works just fine.
When I do a install to disk I don't see anywhere to input "nomodeset". It will install but all I get is a black screen afte the system boots. I've read on differant forums the black screen is normal but I think 10 min. is a little long to waite. I'd like to take this distro for a spin but don't know how. I'm back on Fedora 17 with fallback mode.

Thanks for any help,
hendomen
 
Old 06-17-2012, 06:08 AM   #2
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Hello,
I dont know mint but.. I guess with the few knowledge of other operating system
- if you have a grub bootloader, go to /boot/grub and add nomodeset to the line "append ..." or the line KERNEL ... in the file menu.lst
- if you have syslinux, go to /boot/syslinux and add nomoeset (see above) in the file syslinux.cfg
You can change that file only with a root superuser
 
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Old 06-17-2012, 06:18 AM   #3
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Normally, you would interrupt the boot process so Grub would display its menu. That menu offers you a chance to edit the options used during *that* boot. (The change is not permanent.)

The usual way to trigger the Grub menu is to hold down the Shift Key during a boot. However, I have never been able to trigger a Grub menu in Mint 13 using that method.

But, what I do trigger is this boot prompt: "Boot:"

If you see that, press Tab. A list of boot methods will appear. Select the VESA method. You will boot Mint in VESA mode and you can then add an appropriate video driver, which is presumably what you're trying to accomplish.

(and yes, 10 minutes is far too long to wait.)
 
Old 06-17-2012, 07:32 AM   #4
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johncr's post will help you boot mint13

Then you need to set the nomodeset option for the next boot
This is set in the file /etc/default/grub so
Code:
sudo nano /etc/default/grub
Find the line that reads
Code:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"
And add the nomodeset option like this:
Code:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash nomodeset"
Save your changes, exit the editor.
Now update grub
Code:
sudo update grub
Then you should be all set.
 
Old 06-17-2012, 07:00 PM   #5
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Thanks tredegar and joncr for all the good info. I used floppy_stuttgart sugestion and it worked just as he said it would. Thank you very much floppy_stuttgart. I owe you a cold one.

Thanks to all again,
hendomen
 
Old 06-17-2012, 07:03 PM   #6
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Thanks tredegar and joncr for all the good info. I used floppy_stuttgart sugestion and it worked just as he said it would. Thank you very much floppy_stuttgart. I owe you a cold one.

Thanks to all again,
hendomen
If you do install another video driver, don't forget to remove that nomodeset entry.
 
  


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