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Old 01-14-2008, 02:31 PM   #1
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Installing Ubuntu (black screen)

I recently received the free Ubuntu cd for version 7.04 for my 64-bit pc. Only problem im having is, when the computer tries to load from the CD my computer goes all black (monitor) and becomes unresponsive, i thought it was just loading so i left it to be for 2 hours and it was still black. anyone have any ideas what may be happening??

I have windows vista premium 64-bit on the computer at the moment. My goal is to do a dual-boot, and to have a transitional phase of Windows to Ubuntu for the next couple weeks/months.
Old 01-14-2008, 03:05 PM   #2
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Looks like a power save issue..

Things I would try..

Booting the CD and entering noapic nolapic at the boot: prompt.

Is there a BIOS update available for your motherboard ?
Old 01-14-2008, 03:13 PM   #3
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Note that 7.10 is the most recent version as of now.

Besides a power issue it could also be about your graphics card/display. My laptop, for example, has a widescreen display and a SiS integrated graphics card (no-no for gaming and such), and I recall an older version of Ubuntu (6.10?) showed only black screen while booting - until X started. You probably want to try the powersaving-method first, but if it won't help, you can also try to set (from the boot menu) your VGA to 800x600x16 or something, try "safe graphics mode" and possibly alter the boot commands and replace "splash" with "nosplash" in the kernel line, to disable graphical bootup screen and instead have the texts visible. Helped for me, but it sure does sound odd if your screen won't "come up" at all.
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my computer does have a bios but the thing is with that is my keyboard and mouse (tried both usb and ps/2) do not become responsive till windows boots up.
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I have this video card.


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