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Old 02-08-2008, 05:22 AM   #1
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Post When I start up Ubuntu, the screen gets messed up.


Hi guys.

I tried installing Ubuntu Linux on my other laptop(Dell Inspiron 8000), and the screen just basically shows me a light show. It goes all different colers, and it won't show me the logon screen. It does, however, play the start-up sound.

If anyone could help that would be awesome!

-Matt
 
Old 02-08-2008, 05:40 AM   #2
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Did you get better results using the livecd? It sounds like a driver issue if you ask me - or an xorg.conf issue.
 
Old 02-08-2008, 06:36 AM   #3
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I haven't been able to try the LiceCD... I can't burn a DVD at the moment... how would i fix the xorg.conf issue?
 
Old 02-10-2008, 04:53 PM   #4
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no, the liveCD doesn't work, it gives me tha same thing.
 
Old 02-10-2008, 05:18 PM   #5
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I can think of two things. First of all, I believe that those Dells came with 128MB of RAM, which is way too little to run Ubuntu (minimum 256MB required).

The other one would be the video card but I see that the Inspiron has an ATI Rage GPU, which should work perfectly fine.

You should find out just how much RAM you have. If it really is less than 256, there is little point in installing ubuntu. It would be far better to get a more light-weight distribution such as Xubuntu. Obviously you"ll then miss out on all the eye-candy and it's not as easy to configure but at least it will run and it should still be quite snappy.
 
Old 02-13-2008, 09:12 PM   #6
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i don't see why ubuntu shouldn't run on 128mb ram--i would think that the choice of window manager should have more of an effect. are you able to boot to a console?
 
Old 02-14-2008, 10:12 AM   #7
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1. press alt-ctrl-f1, login as normal user
2. then start following command:
sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
<type your password>

3. during choose display card driver, it will recommend you a suitable driver. Then everything leave default and press enter until the end.

4. Reboot.

if problem still come out, back to step 1,2,3, but choose display driver as vesa (you lost 3d capablity). Reboot and it should run well now.

Good luck,
Ks
 
  


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