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Old 08-31-2012, 09:19 PM   #1
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Screen Goes Black with All Linux Distros


I wanted to try a new Linux distro, so I got Fedora on a DVD and ran it, but after it asks me to select "start live CD" or "troubleshoot," when I click "start" the screen turns black and I can't see anything anymore.

I thought it was just some driver error, so I tried Arch Linux, but what do you know, the same exact problem. After I get the menu, when I click "start" it shows some output and then the screen goes black and I can't see anything.

At first I thought they were just failing to boot, but then I figured out my problem is stranger than that. They do boot just fine, but I can't see them. If, while the screen is black, I type in "reboot" and press enter, the PC will reboot, showing that the Linux OS most likely booted to the terminal, but I just can't see it.

Does anyone know why this is? I installed Ubuntu like a couple years ago, and it runs fine, so does Windows 8. But whenever I try to boot into a different Linux distro, I can't see it.
 
Old 08-31-2012, 09:27 PM   #2
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you need the boot parameter

modeset=0
 
Old 08-31-2012, 09:32 PM   #3
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you need the boot parameter

modeset=0
Where do I add a boot parameter?

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Old 08-31-2012, 09:51 PM   #4
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When you boot the pc from cd/ usb, 1st screen

You may need to press one of the F keys to type in the boot parameter in Ubuntu for e.g

oe esc

Basically at the end of the line that is like "linux ......" or "kernel ......."

nomodeset=1 will also be ok
 
Old 08-31-2012, 10:00 PM   #5
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When you boot the pc from cd/ usb, 1st screen

You may need to press one of the F keys to type in the boot parameter in Ubuntu for e.g

oe esc

Basically at the end of the line that is like "linux ......" or "kernel ......."

nomodeset=1 will also be ok
Alright, thanks, figured that out. Just had to press "tab" and it let me add boot options and it worked. Thanks again.
 
  


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