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Old 02-21-2011, 01:37 PM   #1
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Screen goes black during Ubuntu 10.10 install


Hi everyone,

I have been trying to install Ubuntu 10.10 in my windows box.

I boot with the CD (reset), it starts, I get a black screen with a small logo on the bottom.

After a while (with the CD working), the screen goes blank. At this point, the machine reads some more from the CD and then stops... with the screen blank.

On the hardrive I have a partition from an older version of linux (Ubuntu 8.something), just the user directories (the partition where I had Linux was killed when I reinstalled Windows).

The machine remains in that state (I've left it on overnight), no HD activity, nothing. Only response I can coax out of it is when I press ctrl+alt+del, and the machine reboots (still, screen is black, no shutdown message).

Any clues?

Thanks
 
Old 02-21-2011, 01:42 PM   #2
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Make and model of machine
Does windows boot?
 
Old 02-21-2011, 01:46 PM   #3
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(...) Only response I can coax out of it is when I press ctrl+alt+del, and the machine reboots (still, screen is black, no shutdown message). (...)
Ctrl+Alt+F1, Ctrl+Alt+F2, Ctrl+Alt+F3 or Ctrl+Alt+F4, should let you to a login shell :P
 
Old 02-21-2011, 01:53 PM   #4
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Ctrl+Alt+F1, Ctrl+Alt+F2, Ctrl+Alt+F3 or Ctrl+Alt+F4, should let you to a login shell :P
Thanks a lot. Unfortunately, no joy.

Any other clues?
 
Old 02-21-2011, 02:00 PM   #5
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(...) I boot with the CD (reset), it starts, I get a black screen with a small logo on the bottom.(...)
Seens to be a video issue: hit any key in this stage (it will take you to the non-graphical menu) - them, try to hit the key "e" in the try without installing entry, and add xforcevesa to the end of the entry
 
Old 02-21-2011, 02:08 PM   #6
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It's not "e", its F6 (my mistake):

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCDBootOptions
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Li...Page%20Options
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Li...uration%20Line
 
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Seens to be a video issue: hit any key in this stage (it will take you to the non-graphical menu) - them, try to hit the key "e" in the try without installing entry, and add xforcevesa to the end of the entry
I am starting to get worried, still no luck...
 
Old 02-21-2011, 05:12 PM   #8
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Old 02-22-2011, 01:54 AM   #9
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Windows XP boots and works ok. Ubuntu 8.something used to boot and work like a charm, until I migrated from XP64 to XP, and by error overwrote Ubuntu's boot partition.

The config is:
Processor AMD Athlon 64x2 5200+

Motherboard MSI K9N SLI Platinum

RAM 2 GB DDR2 800 MHz

Graphic card nVidia 7950x2
 
Old 02-22-2011, 09:52 AM   #10
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Is the graphics card onboard or addon?
If the card is addon try using onboard to get Os working then add the card, at trhat point it may be plug-n-play.
 
Old 02-22-2011, 10:24 AM   #11
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Is the graphics card onboard or addon?
If the card is addon try using onboard to get Os working then add the card, at trhat point it may be plug-n-play.
The card sits in a PCI-E slot. And the motherboard does not have an integrated graphics card. So no luck there.

BTW, the card has an HDMI connector, and I am using the provided adapter to connect it via RGB to a CRT monitor (yes, I know, all is very "old school" LOL). Could it be related to that?

What gets to me is that the older version of Ubuntu worked perfectly, it installed without any hassle (I only had one issue with the video resolution, it did not want to change from 1024x768, but I solved it with the help of these forums)...
 
Old 02-22-2011, 01:34 PM   #12
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Ubuntu takes a long time to boot on 1 of my older machines, but it does boot eventually.
I would burn another copy and see if that works.
 
Old 02-23-2011, 06:00 AM   #13
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Ubuntu takes a long time to boot on 1 of my older machines, but it does boot eventually.
I would burn another copy and see if that works.
I left it on overnight and nothing. Just for information, I've installed Ubuntu, using the same CD, on my laptop with no problem whatsoever...
 
Old 02-24-2011, 11:26 AM   #14
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I would try to install Ubuntu with the alternate CD, it's installer is text based. If you have it installed, you can troubleshoot your graphics problem from there. Should be easier, because you can always boot to recovery mode.
 
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I know that I may be necro'ing an old topic, but the same thing happened to me.

I found this thread, among many others, but none of the threads seemed to have a conclusive answer. I played around a bit and I eventually got my installation to work.

My problem, which I think may be yours as well, is that my monitor was plugged in via a DVI connection (digitally). I changed this around and plugged it in using a VGA cable (analog connection) and all of a sudden, everything worked perfectly.

So, if you're still having a problem, mayve try to connect your monitor using a VGA cable.

Hope this helps
 
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