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Old 01-30-2009, 02:44 AM   #1
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Blank screen on Ubuntu startup....yes, that old chestnut!

As a Windows user of some 10 years or so I have finally taken the plunge into the world of Linux - Ubuntu specifically. It installed eventually (via the alternate install method) but when it boots I am just getting a blank screen after the Ubuntu splashscreen. I realise this a common problem and has been answered many times all over the web but I have not had any luck sorting this.

I get a text prompt if I press Ctrl-Alt-F1 so I know it hasn't locked up but, I can get no further. I'm assuming it's a graphics display problem and many folks out there suggest booting in recovery mode, typing the following and installing the Vesa driver:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

However, when I type this and go to the xserver-xorg config pages, the only options I get are for the keyboard. There is nothing there for video!!

Can anyone help please? I have so far spent two evenings trying sort this and am reaching the point where I'm going to throw in the towel and stick with Mr Gate's offerings.

Thanks in advance.
Old 01-30-2009, 03:09 AM   #2
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Try the suggestion in this thread: jump down to post #7.

BTW: It's sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

Last edited by {BBI}Nexus{BBI}; 01-30-2009 at 03:10 AM. Reason: Additional info added.
Old 01-30-2009, 07:20 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. Fortunately someone on another forum has just come up with a solution for me. This is what I did:


Type the following:

sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf

This opens up a text editor. In the Section Device part, just under the line that begins "Identifier", type:

Driver "vesa"

Use tabs so that the new part lines up with the old part.

Save your changes by pressing Control-O and pressing Enter, and then quit by pressing Control-X. Reboot:

sudo reboot


So, using the vesa driver did eventually sort the problem and I am now going to try loading the ATI drivers for my card (Radeon 9600).


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