General :: 10.10 Booting To Terminal - Black Screen Instead Of The Normal Purple Screen
Dec 8, 2010
i am fairly new to Ubuntu. i was using it fine for a month, but today, when i booted my computer up, it came up with a black screen instead of the normal purple ubuntu screen. the black screen had white text on it, and asked for my username and password. from there, it was a terminal prompt. i have been google searching for a while, and have tried typing "startx", "sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop", "sudo gdm", and i have also tryed uninstalling xorg, and reinstalling, and none of these things wanted to do anything for me.
I can't seem to get Ubuntu to run on my old Dell Dimension 2300. It boots to a purple screen then it goes to a black screen with a load of writing nothing else happens after this screen. [URL] Could someone advise how I can get it to work?
I installed Ubuntu 11.04 today as the main OS on my laptop.I had deleted my XP partition, and repartitioned it according to a guide I had found. (http:url)......Basically it was setup like this: 500mb ext2 primary partition, has the grub folder, I believe this is either the '/' partition, or the '/boot' partition 2gb swap space logical partition
10gb ext4 logical partition -- this is either the '/' or the '/boot', it contains the 'bin,boot,cdrom,dev' etc folders 243gb (the rest of my hard drive, with the exception of a partition that contains documents and files from my XP OS, formatted to NTFS) ext4, this is the one that has all my desktop/documents/etc folders.After Ubuntu was done installing, I had some message pop up about installing an ATI proprietary driver for my ATI graphics card (an ATI Radeon HD 4330, I believe, I may have messed that number up). I installed it and rebooted, no problem.
Next, I had another update window pop up with 198 items checked and ready to download and install. I went through all of this, and rebooted, again, no problem.Next thing I did was install some apps that were essential for me to have to use for my work (an ide, chat programs, etc). No problem with any of that.Last thing to install was the OSE Virtualbox, and then I installed WindowsXP Pro and Windows Vista Business, then installed the guest addition addon for VB. This all worked without any issues whatsoever.
Time goes on, and I notice my computer is heating up much more than (seemingly) normal. I begin to wonder if its my graphics card. So I shut down the computer and let it cool down. Reboot, and no problem, still working fine.Then I opened a couple of apps and tried a simple game (can't remember the name) I believe it was a simple 3d topdown, as I wanted to test my graphics card. This is where things seemed to start to go wrong. My laptop began hanging, not even allowing me to access the terminal via ctrl+alt+f2. The screen flashed and I saw the blue/green/grey fuzz that I get when the graphics card is starting to heat up too much. Then everything hangs and I can't do anything at all, including move the mouse. I did a hard reboot (I believe this is what you call pulling the plug/pressing the power button, correct me if I'm wrong). I then rebooted, saw a chkdisk, then it booted seemingly normal, but it hung right after the purple screen after the grub screen.
This is pretty much where I'm at right now. I strongly suspect the fault is with the ATI drivers, but have been completely unsuccessful in my attempts to fix it. I've googled just about everything I could think of, along with searching these forums. I've tried just about everything listed in the forums, but to no avail.I've tried the commands that are supposed to purge the ati drivers, but all I get are errors that say they can't remove the 'virtual drivers'.
Right now I'm booting off a live cd, so I know the computer still works fine, just not my actual installed OS. I'd really like to get the issue resolved without having to reinstall, as it took quite awhile just to get it usable in the first place, but this has already taken so much time, I may just resort to that if we can't solve it any other way. Got too much work to catch up on as it is.As a re-instated note, perhaps if you have any tips, but not particularly about fixing the OS, my laptop (I'm strongly guessing my graphics card) is heating up much more than normal, compared to that when XP was installed. Is this more than likely just a driver issue, as is the rest of it? Also, I did have Compiz installed, though I didn't choose for it to be installed, I believe it came pre-installed. I've heard it could cause some issues, though I have no idea as to the validity or relation to this particular issue.
Edit: I just remembered while searching for a solution, I found a post somewhere that said something about the information not being sent to the monitor from the graphics card properly, thus no desktop. I'm guessing that'd still fall under the driver issues, but again, I'm unsure. I would think that wouldn't be entirely true anyway, since I can still see my mouse fine, just no desktop, only a black screen.
'm trying to duel boot windows 7 and ubuntu 11.04 on an Acer Aspire 5736, but when I try to boot from the cd (which I burned with InfraRecorder) it first goes to a black screen with a blinking under score in the corner, then to a purple screen with a couple symbols at the bottom, and then the screen goes black and nothing else ever happens
When booting, right after Grub OS selection, Purple screen without ubuntu logo appears for about 3-5 mins without HDD LED flashing. after this 'freeze', same purple screen with logo appears, and it fully loads to ubuntu login screen in about 5 seconds.. is this usual?My spec= 1Ghz CPU, 1GB RAM. Netbook.any idea why and how to fix this?
I already had Plymouth issues on 10.10, which was solved by this script [URL]
After upgrade, boot only gave me a blank, purple screen, so I used his revert script then tried this : [URL]
But I'm only getting a black screen. Removing vga=795 option only make it stay purple. It might be because of the multiples workarounds I tried back in 10.10, but I don't know how to clean that up. I have an ATI HD Radeon Pro 2400 card with free drivers (but I was using the proprietary ones during upgrade).
If you had or have a black screen or purple screen problem in Natty, add support by subscribing to this Launch Pad Bug: Xorg's HAL causes Purple Screen or Black Screen on GDM startup. [URL]
Through helping people with these problems in the Ubuntu Support Forum (Installations and Upgrades) and through this sticky: [URL] this bug (above) seems to be where this problem is originating. It affects this problem with all video hardware types. As I said in this bug report: "Normal users should not have to be highly skilled "techies" to manually bypass a broken part of a system to make a released distribution work during an install or distribution upgrade"
I downloaded Fedora-14-i686-Live-Desktop.iso and used the Fedora liveusb-creator to put this on a 2GB USB stick. Everything seemed to have gone well and it said complete; however, when I try to boot from the USB stick, I get a black screen with a linux copyright notice at the top and it just stays at that screen forever. I tried this on two computers with the same results.
I'd previously tried with Ubuntu and had a similar issue, it would go to a purple (if I remember correctly) Ubuntu screen and it sat that forever.
I am having problems installing Ubuntu netbook 10.10 from a USB drive. I have a Lenovo ideapad S10-3 with Win 7 Starter. I have tried two different USB drives, one is unidentifiable, the other is a Kingston. I have used Pendrive and Unetbootin on both. I have tried formatting the drives to FAT32 from both the Pendrive option and from Win7's default formatting software. I downloaded the iso from the Ubuntu website torrent, and I did an md5 check to make sure that the file matched up.
When I boot from USB, the purple screen comes up briefly, and after two seconds changes to a black, terminal screen on which a bunch of text scrolls and then it eventually freezes. When I click a button, the menus pop up, and when I click on either "install" or "run from usb drive," the same terminal thing happens. Someone recommended that I try installing from that screen after changing the f6 options to nomodeset, noapci (I think), and acpi=off. (I cannot remember the exact lettering, but they were options on that f6 menu.) None of these changed the result.
With the Kingston, the line that it freezes on in the terminal is: [6.548159] USB Mass Storage support registered. With both drives, when I use the Unetbootin install, the menu comes up, and when I click on either the 'run' or 'boot' options, the cursor in the bottom left of the screen keeps flashing but no progress. (No terminal-like screen with this one.) It is different with the other drive. How to proceed from here?
I have Ubuntu 10.04 running kernel .26 installed on my Dell Dimension 2350 with 512mb of memory. The problem I have been having is, When I am using the computer mostly Internet stuff for no reason the monitor will go black then on the screen it will be at a terminal screen, kind of like when you start up the computer, I don't remember what is all on it but the last thing in the list was: checking battery state: OK after that the screen will flash in multiple colors and then it goes into a loop of just black screen than a colorful flash and back over to a black screen. the only way I can fix that is by holding down the power button. this will happen mostly on face-book on the games and just on the profile page, but it does happen just checking my gmail or play solitaire it does this around 4-8 times a day.
I am just new in Linux. Last week I install Linux Fedora12 into my notebook. The problem is sometime it come black screen when we want to start after booting. It also blank screen when want to tab to other properties in system. It is due to graphic card or else which the system used ATI Radeon.
I just started and very green, I got a old unit that has Linux instaled. I get home start it and I get a purple screen after gnu grub screen, I'm using a diferent mouse and monitor is all that changed from when I picked it up. I don't know were to start.
I cannot install Ubuntu 10.04, or even boot into the live CD. I'm not an expert, but I've used Ubuntu for several years, and I'm pretty sure I'm not doing anything stupid... Here's what happens when I boot with the Ubuntu 10.04 live CD: I get a purple screen with just an accessibility(?) symbol at the bottom (this lasts 15 seconds). The screen goes black, with a flashing cursor, then changes back to purple, this time with an Ubuntu logo, with 5 dots acting as a progress indicator (this lasts about 1 minute). The screen switches to standby. The CD drive continues to make noises for another minute or so, then stops.
I physically removed my graphics card (ATI Radeon HD 5770), and plugged the monitor straight into the VGA port on the motherboard. Now the CD boots up fine. I could try installing Ubuntu at this point, while my graphics card is unplugged, and then plug my graphics card back in, and see if it starts working then.
I had 11.3 running for quite some time without any problem. The upgrade to 11.4 was ruined for some reason (only got commandprompt login) and the message that Xorg.0.log couldn't be copied. Decided to install 11.4 from scratch, but since the install my screen flashes every 20 seconds or so to black screen and and after 1 second back to normal. There is no interruption of any other task like typing. Card: FeForce FX5200 card. Can someone please point me to a solution? Also, my monitor (Philips 150S) is not recognized. How can I change that without changing xorg.conf by hand?
I have been using ubuntu wel a long time now and I know my way around in linux but I recently updated my laptop from ubuntu 10.04 to ubuntu 10.10 all went fine until I had to restart my laptop. I got a purple screen (loading screen) with 4 dots and a oldskool like font which said: Ubuntu 10.10 Right after that the screen goes purple and its like the system halts I hear no login sound etc just a purple screen. So I did a clean install from the 10.10 live cd which booted perfectly fine and the system was also useable like before. But when I installed the system and rebooted it again no problems.
But when I tried to install the proprietary nvidia driver (the recommended one) I got the same problem again the purple screen. After searching a while on the internet I only found posts which had the problem with ATI cards but my laptop is fitted with a Nvidia Geforce 9300 M card. So I tried several things like removing the xorg.conf (read it somewhere) which ofcourse did not work, and booting in graphics fail safe mode which worked. So the point is in 10.04 and 9.10 I CAN use my video card drivers but not in 10.10 is there a solution to this problem? I am talking about the 32 bit version of ubuntu and here's my system hardware profile:
Intel core 2 duo t7350 @ 2,0 ghz / 3mb l2 cache 2 GB DDR3 ram 160 gb hdd Nvidia 9300m gs Chipset: I dont know sorry Model: Samsung R710
I'm attempting to install debian on my old ibook g3. Upon normal boot I get a black screen with a bar (attached image) I boot the kernel with init 1 and I see that I have no xorg.conf, so naturally I input xorg -configure. Attached is the log, as I am under Windows and read it. Let me know what you think and let me know if you need any output from me[URL].. p.s As I'm a new member I can't attach anything yet so I uploaded it to media fire. ibook.zip (includes xorg.log & IMG_20110707_203900.jpg /984.41 KB)
I can't log into my normal user account anymore, though I can log in with root without any problem. When I enter my normal user name and password, the screen blinks, a black page appears and after a couple of seconds I get the login screen again. I deleted /tmp files but no changes. I tried to login using command mode. So I hit Ctrl-Alt-F1 and log into root in command mode, then ran init3, then switched user to my normal user and ran startx. It worked and I logged into my normal account, but I can not do this process every time. So, what is the problem? How can I solve this problem? I used to work with my normal user flawlessly. I installed a bunch of software and also copied some folders to my home directory, but I don't know whether these activities caused the problem or not. I'm using KDE4 under openSUSE 11.2.
I have upgrade to the Lucid alphas. Just lately when I turn on the computer it appears to start ok but it will not go to the signon screen. It stops on a blank black screen with a curser top left corner. Pushing keys just seems to give a mixture of letters ,symbols and numbers nothing intelligible, how to fix this concern or at least how to get into safe mode so I can attempt to find the problem.
I'm new using Ubuntu desktop and I made a mistake while reading a tutorial on shell. I used the bind ctrl + alt + Fx (in this case, F6) and I didn'tnow how to come back to my original desktop after that. So I did a hard reboot . Since, after booting I see the loading screen with Ubuntu writen on a purple background, but after that I get a black screen and I cannot type or do anything.I tried to log in in "safe mode" (or something like that) and it worked but I got a low screen resolution of course and after rebooting in normal mode it still doesn't work.
I just downloaded Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook. Sometimes when i am start my netbook i boot to black screen. I can hear the loading music but the screen is just black. And when i press the powerbutton to close the computer and turn it on again, then sometimes i can see the screen and everything is working. and sometimes it is working just fine.
When i have my usb mouse and usb wireless network thingy it seems to have a hard time booting, but when i unplug my usb mouse and network thingy it boots just nice.
It would be nice if i could turn on the power and then the netbook would just startup and show me a screen, and didnt have to unplug my usb things first...
downloaded Fedora 15 Live CD and made a booting live CD with it , everything went Okbut after the first screen " automaticlly boot after 10 s " everything just went creepy and the contrast of my screen has become very very low , I was able to see that unity booted but I barely could see the icons without being able to see anything esle , just dark*darkthe same happened with the usb live version .Im having a " Mageia RC " installed in dual-boot with windows 7 and I have the same problem with it . which means, the distro is there but cannot be used cuz the contrast is very very low
If I choose to boot Ubuntu, the splash screen appears, but right when the login screen should appear, I get nothing. This is how it started: While update manager was installing updates, I hit ALT+F2 to get to the TTY. I did this because ubuntu now refuses to mount any usb devices whatsoever. (for more on that, see this link: [URL] Once I got to TTY3 or whatever, I hit ALT + F7 to get back to the GUI. All I got was a black screen and a mouse. The computer froze and I restarted. All I have now after booting is a black, frozen screen. ALT + any F key to get to TTY doesn't work.
The above is my setup and Ubuntu runs perfectly fine when it is being cold booted, i.e. I shut it down during the night and boot it in the morning, it boots perfectly fine. But while using, it suddenly freezes and I'm only able to move my mouse pointer and nothing else works on the screen. I tried doing the Ctrl+Alt+(F1/F2/...) but nothing works.
So when I restart it using the power switch, it goes into the black screen and nothing loads up. I'm stuck over here. And if I turn it off for around 30mins by removing the power plug, and then reboot it again, Ubuntu loads without any problem and runs for sometime, then again the same freezing problem happens and I have to wait for another 30mins to boot it up again.
I have a 28" monitor connected to it and it runs at 1920 x 1200 (16:10) resolution at 60Hz.
I have been trying to install Ubuntu 10.10 64bit on my Windows7 64bit machine. I created the Ubuntu installation on a USB stick and when I run it live from the stick, it works fine. Under Windows7, I created a partition for Ubuntu, and after reboot run the installation off the USB stick. During installation, I pointed the installer to the partition I just created, and told it to use it as "/" (root - this is the part where I think I could have screwed up, but I am not sure). I want to have both Win7 and Ubuntu on that machine. I did not create the SWAP file as I don't think I'd need it (this is a 8Gb RAM 3Ghz i7 machine). The installation goes without any problem, but then I reboot...
When I restart after installation, and any time after that, I get to the grub screen that allows me to pick the system I want - and when I chose Win7, everything's fine. When I want to pick Ubuntu, or Ubuntu in recovery mode, the screen goes black, and after a short while it seems the monitor itself stops receiving any input from the computer, as it goes into standby. There is no error message, no restart of the computer, no message after I select Ubuntu and click enter. Nothing, just total blackness and despair, and a monitor in standby mode.
I just installed Ubuntu 10.04.1 (desktop edition) on my netbook (NB200), the installation worked fine, but when i restart i get a black screen with a blinking underscore on the top left corner. I don't have any options as any key that i press is just printed on the screen. (This happened with every version that I tried so far, even the netbook remixes).
If I don't press anything for some minutes, Ubuntu is finally starting, but without showing the Ubuntu loading screen in the process, like it did when I tried it with the USB.
Fedora 12 64bit - hostKVMThrough difficulty and pain I succeeded update Fedora. However today when I boot the PC only a black screen resulted (gui booting). I can type on the black screen. Pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del reboots the PC.The PC is working. I have another HD running Windows Vista. oot without problem. I'm now running it posting this thread via IE.
I was messing around with the screen orientation and thought it would be funny to orient it sideways. Big mistake The screen went black.I can force a shutdown, login and I get the same black screen. I tried hooking up an external monitor and the monitor showed no input so I'm guessing my laptop doesn't have that capability with Fedora.This is my main computer.
I am not sure what is wrong I am dual booting with windows 7 I have partitioned correctly when I boot from the CD The first screen comes up where it says automatically boots in 10 seconds. when it finishes counting down it pauses and then goes straight to a black screen I also tried to load Ubuntu and the same thing happened. Not sure what to do?