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mookini 09-24-2006 08:01 PM

Black screen with blinking cursor
 
Just built a new system and was loading Ubuntu desktop for AMD64 and the power went out. Now when I try to get in the system I only get a black screen with a blinking cursor.

w3bd3vil 09-24-2006 08:09 PM

did the installation finish?
starting over with installation would be your best bet.

Kristijan 09-24-2006 08:13 PM

Agreed, if the install didn't cleanly finish...best thing to do would be start fresh.

-Kristijan

mookini 09-24-2006 11:39 PM

I got it!!!
 
Wow! I had to reset my CMOS and reinstall the OS. Now I'm using my new system! So far so good! Thank you all for your quick response.

sundialsvcs 09-25-2006 10:31 AM

Another tip ...
 
As an aside... one thing that can cause a "black screen" is to inadvertantly enter a sequence like Ctrl+Alt+F8.

The equally-mysterious way to fix things might be Ctrl+Alt+F7.

Let me explain ...

On many Linux systems, you can have several "virtual terminals," with sessions running in each. Ctrl+Alt+Fn is used to switch between them. Some are terminal sessions. The one at F7 is probably GUI. And there might not be another one at F9-F12. If you switch to it, blank screen. Solution is to just switch again, but there's no clue.


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