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bkeller81 02-25-2007 11:05 PM

Blank Screen on Boot
I have been running Ubuntu 6.10 on my older dell laptop for a few weeks. I have enjoyed my experience and decided to duel boot my desktop with XP and Ubuntu 6.10. I downloaded and attempted to boot the regular version that first loads into the Live CD. It would get to the point of loading with the orange bar going across the screen and then when it reaches 100% my screen goes blank. So i thought I would try the Alternate-Install version.

Went through the install just fine. Gets to the boot screen and lets me choose Ubuntu or XP. I choose Ubuntu and it appears as if it is going to load (same as live CD) and then at 100% the screen goes blank.

I have tried CTRL+ATL+F# with no luck, nothing happens. If I view the text while loading the only problem I see is that codec 0 failed to load, but I believe that is related to my sound card.

Please Help. Thanks In Advance

clb 02-26-2007 05:15 PM

I suspect the problem may be that the LiveCD is not correctly writing the Xorg config files, so your laptops monitor is being incorrectly used. I had this problem recently with a Mac version of Ubuntu, which was fixed by Ctrl+Alt+F1, then manually killing the GDM process, editing the Xorg config files and starting X again.

I realise this is probably not much use to you yet, but hopefully it will be later on. Just a thought - is the Fn key interfering with the F keys at all? I seem to remember there is a Fn function mapped to most F keys :scratch:. Only other thing I can think of is play with the bootup modes from the LiveCD, I can't remember what ther are now, but there should be a low-graphics mode if I remember correctly.


merize147 02-26-2007 10:16 PM

You could also take off the "quiet" attribute from your grub boot parameters so that you can see more during boot. You just might see the error right before it goes blank.

bkeller81 02-27-2007 02:08 AM

Thanks for the help. I finally got it working, now it's just a matter up updating my ATI drivers.

clb 02-27-2007 12:52 PM

Excellent. Mind if I ask what the problem/solution was? If anyone else has a similar problem, may be a useful resource.

bkeller81 02-28-2007 12:09 PM

I found my solution on this thread. Hope it can help.

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