Ubuntu Installation :: Black Screen And Flashing Cursor After Install / Resolve It?
Jan 29, 2011
After installing Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS, I restarted my machine. I removed the disk, but now when it starts, it never gets to GRUB. Instead, it just takes me to a black screen with a blinking cursor. I can't type in anything and holding shift doesn't take me to GRUB.
I have just wiped my whole hard drive to install a fresh copy of Ubuntu on it, and now as soon as i power it up it passes the POST screen and black screen shows up with a flashing cursor. I bliv it should say no operating system and pick the USB which has Ubuntu installation on it.I have formated the hard drive to NTFS, the system is Samsung NC10.
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.
As the topic says. I'm having problem after problem, everytime I figure out a way to take a step forward, my PC has pre-emptively taken a step back.
I'm unable to boot to X or (recovery mode).
I did try booting to a LiveUSB in order to run update-grub, but then it occured I have no idea how to do this from a LiveUSB that will affect the internal HDD installation?
So I'm currently trying to reboot from Live USB, but that just seems to have locked up the PC on the white ubuntu logo. I'm afraid to hard reset it (been doing too much of that lately). How long should a Live USB take to shutdown? (been about 10 minutes so far ). It's not a persistent LiveUSB as far as I know, and I basically just booted to the desktop and then start the reboot cycle as soon as I realised I didn't know what I wanted to do .
I have an intel atom board (D410PT) and I can run livecds, liveusbs and even boot a grub4dos stick without issue, but install any 10.4 ubuntu variant and all I get is a black flashing cursor.It appears as if there is a grub2 incompatibility with this board, which is currently preventing me running a full ubuntu on it.I tried struggling on with a liveusb system with a rw partition but it's just not feasable for a home server as the lack of swap just bogs the machine down all the time.Grub-legacy no longer appears to be in the repos and neither does lilo (yeah, I really am that old-school that I could cope with lilo if necessary).What can be done about a system that doesn't like grub2? (syslinux is fine, but requires fat32, grub4dos works but doesn't like ext3/4, isolinux works but I don't want livecd, I want full install!)
I am trying to do a dual boot of XP and ubuntu. I have 3 hard drives and I plan to put ubuntu on one of them. I have created a DVD from the ISO for 10.10 using programs and methods recommended by ubuntu, and it burned correctly onto the DVD. When I boot with the dvd in the tray the computer says something about linux iso then the screen goes black with a Human=Keyboard symbol at the bottom for a few seconds. Then my screen goes black with a blinking cursor in the top left of the screen. I have let it sit for a while and the PC shows no signs of drives working.Also if I remove it the PC automatically boots to windows.
I have an Acer Aspire One AOA110 that came with Windows XP.
I created a usb flash drive install for Ubuntu 10.10 netbook edition and went through the install process (wiped disk clean, not a dual boot with WINXP).
Before install, I was able to run Ubunut from the usb key with no problems.
At the end of the install, it told me I needed to restart, so I clicked the "restart" button and the removed the usb drive. Nothing happened and it never restarted and just completley hung for about 20 minutes. I manually shut down the computer by holding the power for 10 seconds and then rebooted the machine. Now all I get after the "acer bios" screen is a black screen with a blinking cursor. If I press any buttons, the computer beeps at me.
I recently decided to give Ubuntu another try after a break for a while, and have hit a bit of a road block The live CD booted fine, ran, installed, all flawlessly, so it's now a dual boot with Windows 7. Only issue now is when trying to load the HDD installed Ubuntu, it just hangs on a black screen, no HDD activity light or anything. First up my specs code...
Next, what happens in detail:
Machine posts, loads boot loader with OS options. Whether choose Ubuntu or recovery Ubuntu, it always hangs on black screen straight after that.
Next, what I have tried to fix it so far:
Tried pressing 'e' and replacing the quiet splash with nomodeset, same result with both normal flavour and recovery.
Tried copying the xorg.conf from the live CD filesystem to X11 folder on main system drive. Also tried editing it to try and use generic vesa driver.
I recently installed Ubuntu 10.04 on my Aspire One netbook, but everytime while booting, I am stuck at a blank screen with a blinking cursor. I've tried reinstalling but to no help. I've also tried installing 9.10, which will boot, then upgrading to 10.04 which then produces the same problem.
I have a desktop with AMD Sempron 3000+, 1.2GB RAM, VIA S3G Unichrome Pro IGP, VIA SATA RAID controller based disks, PS/2 mouse and keyboard running Windows XP. Wanted to move to years ago favourite (linux based systems), I downloaded Ubuntu 10.04 for i386 and am trying to install both using CD as well as USB. After the Ubuntu start-up menu for installation, I select install Ubuntu option, turn off 'quiet' so that I can see what happens. The screen goes blank dark with a flashing cursor at the top.
In the kernel messages, the see that it has detected the processor, set the clock, assigned the PS/2 keyboard to input3 and then says: [1.911624] isapnp: no plug and play device found After this, the system hangs. Keyboard doesn't work.
I was going to set up an ubuntu server, but ran into some issues. When I try to install ubuntu server 9.10, it immediately goes to a black screen with a blinking cursor as soon as I press enter on the menu. I've tried pressing F6 and editing options - noapic, nolapic, irqpoll, vga=[something...] and nothing worked. I then downloaded a standard ubuntu desktop cd, and the livecd works, and I can successfully start the install!
I've heard that I should probably use the server install if I want to use this as a server (which I do; webserver for a group of people, website, ftp, ssh.) I've also heard that it's possible to just install everything needed overtop of an ubuntu desktop base. What should I do? Are there other things I should try to make the server install work? Or is it not worth the effort, and I should just go with a desktop install and then work from there? tasksel? (It's a Dell XPS, the graphics card is NVIDIA Geforce 9800 GT).
After succesfully installing Ubuntu 10.4 x32 and rebooting pc hangs on black screen with a flashing white dot in the top left corner of my screen, i've tried installing it twice with the same results.
my setup is: Asus p5q-e, 4 gig of corsair dual ram, ati 4850 graphics, onboard audio. ahci mode win 7 installed on intel ssd, and xp on a samsung 320 gb sata 2, i had this configuration running fine for 2 months without boot loaders, on pc start up i choose from which hdd to boot from.
i installed ubuntu on the samsung drive where it was recognised fine, wiped it all and installed automatically.
pls let me know if there is anything i missed, and advice if possible in what to do.
After installing Fedora 15 from LiveUSB and rebooting it just hangs on a black screen with a blinking cursor (underscore) in the top left of the screen. If it's reached grub, it isn't responding to any commands, and mashing several key combinations (such as ctrl-alt-f1) will produce a beep usually emitted only by the BIOS (hinting that it may never be making its way to grub).
The only particularly interesting thing about the install is that by default it wanted to boot itself from the MBR on my primary-master (Windows) disk. Instead I selected the option to boot from "the first partition in sdb1", which is my primary-slave (Linux) disk, (the first partition being /boot). This way I can change which OS boots by changing the boot order in my BIOS, and so avoiding bootloader wars.
I have just updated to 10.04 on my Dell Insperon 8200 laptop, and all seems well with Linux.My problem is that although it shows in Grub Windows XP will not load. I just get a blank screen with a flashing cursor.I have tried to grub-mkconfig and grub-update, both of which reported successful results.However on reboot I still get a blank screen for windows.This was not an issue with 9.04 and 9.10.so I don't think it is the machine.
When I try and install Ubuntu 9.10 it gets to the flashing Ubuntu logo, then the screen just goes black. It then says: (initramfs) Unable to find a medium containing a live file system. I also tried the disk on a another computer and it worked fine, and I've installed Ubuntu 7.10 on this computer before without a problem.
I can't get Ubuntu 9.10 to install... I downloaded ISO image from official web, Then I burn it on blank CD-R using lowest speed available from Nero 6, After that I go to BIOS and change that CD-ROM will boot first; Done. After that i reboot with CD-R, and it boots! Yea!, I press "Install Ubuntu", it goes to black screen with flashing Ubuntu logo at middle of it, After 1-2 minutes i turns black, ouch!, I press "Enter", and there is a error message, something like this...
I have an old machine running Ubuntu 9.10 and XP.t is a P4 and Nvidia FX5200 card.Yesterday all of a sudden the screen started flashing black, the same type as when you install new graphics drivers and the resolution is changing. Only here it keeps happening over and over, the mouse isn't usable fully, the icons and menus are distorted, and I basically can't do anything.
I ended up reinstalling 9.10 and everything was working fine until I installed EnvyNG to get my nVidia drivers. It required a restart, and once I logged in the same thing started happening. So I said screw this, and installed 8.04. Yet even in 8.04, once I used EnvyNG to install the drivers, the same thing happened.A few other detailsP works fine, although one time a similar thing happened on XP (not as bad), and was fixed with a reboot.- This PC runs through a KVM switch, but I connected it directly and the same thing happens.I've found no help via Google. Sounds like a possible hardware problem, but it seems to work fine in XP and only acts up in Ubuntu once I install drivers.
i thought i would give ubuntu 10.04 a try. So i downloaded the iso twice from two differant sources and burned to 2 diff dvd with diff burners and get the same problem. When i boot off of the disk i get the menu but whether i choose install are run live cd it just sits there for a sec are 2 then goes to black screen with flashing white bar in upper left hand corner and thats all it does. even tried my 9.10 disc which i know works. but it does the exact same. I have purchased a new video card since i last ran ubuntu and its the nvidia gtx 260 core 216. would that be whats causing my problems?
just did a dual boot install on a brand new DEll T1500. The machine has win7 on it. I booted off the live CD and all looked well. Installation went well. When I reboot, I get grub, select the top linux option and then see a small black blinking cursor for a few seconds, then nothing. The screen reports no signal.
this is my first time doing a custom partition, I tried to do it with only the assistance of reading as I go, but I don't believe I found enough information last night. What I am trying to do, is put openSUSE on 200gb out of 500gb space on my external hard drive, as well as on 50gb space out of 110gb on my internal hard drive. The remaining 60gb space on my internal drive is going to be for microsoft windows. The remaining 300gb space on my external drive will be storage space. It seems like what I want to do is achievable
What I want is to have my main openSUSE on the external drive (primary partition I think?), with the GRUB loader so that when the external drive is not plugged in, my little brother can use windows on my internal hard drive. I tried this last night, and when installation had finished, I rebooted my computer and the screen was just blank black with the flashing white line as if waiting for me to type, although it would not allow me to type when I tried. It would be great if someone could tell me the order in which to partition, including the terms primary partition, extended partition, and logical partition, as needed.. I don't want to permanently muck up this machine.
I have installed Maverick onto an INTENSO 320GB USB Hard Disk. I can boot from GRUB, but only get a dark grey screen, with no cursor. I have tried editing the boot script, removing "quiet & splash" and putting in "nomodeset". I have also tried "i915.modeset=1" and "i915.modeset=0". Also "xforcevesa" and "nouveau.modeset=0". None have worked. I have not been able to reach a console screen to log in. Here are the specifications of the machine:
Are the number of spaces between "ro" and "quiet and splash" essential? There are three spaces on the boot script and I have left them there. Ubuntu works fine as a live CD, and I experienced no problems with the installation.
Running 10.04 as the only OS on a HP desktop - been running fine for months. Did an update - probably hadn't done one for a couple of months - may be a red herring. The system appeared to crash while inactive. Trying to boot - I get the Ubuntu 10.04 screen for a short while then it goes to blank screen with a flashing cursor at the top - occasionally it will give me an error that /home is not ready - skip or manual fix. I have sda1 = ext4 root
sda2 = swap sda3 = ext4 home sdb1 = ntfs
I removed sdb1 from fstab as initially it was complaining about this drive not being ready. The error switched to complaining about /home. I am able to mount both of those filesystems with no problem manually. I ran mke3fs on /home (I forgot the -n parameter! but no problem as I have good backups) - same error - complains about /home not being available at boot even though I can always manually mount it from live cd or manual recovery. I can rebuild this system - and I may as it was upgraded from 9.10 - I may do a fresh 10.04, but I would like to fix the boot problem in case something like this happens again when I actually care about fixing it.I recreated the grub2 configs - I don't have the command to hand, something like: sudo update-grub --root-directory=/mnt/boot/grub /dev/sda
When I try to start Fedora 12 all I get is a flashing cursor on thep LHS of my screen.This is new. Fedora 12 workd fine up until yesterday.treat me as a novice and if you start using technical terms I will just be lost
I just got offshore and was trying to extract csv files with new software and the toughbook went crazy. When i try to boot it up it ends up with the black screen and flashing white x in the middle of the screen.Luckily the company have a back up to do the job but would like to try to resolve it on the rig rather than send it back to Germany
when I boot and login to a fresh install of Ubuntu, everything goes fine, the login screen appears, I login. Then the cursor appears on a black screen. This is normal. Then when the desktop should appear, on the very left edge of the screen, about 5 pixels in size, you can see the panel and the rest of the desktop. But I stress, You still see the cursor. In this small area, you can right click as you, even click on the menu and it will come down, you can see it. I can click on Ubuntu SC and the cursor will turn to a loading symbol. But then nothing again. I can press Ctrl + Alt + F2 and terminal will come on fine. So far, this has happened on a live CD of Maverick, A live USB of Maverick, A Natty Narwhal Fresh Install, A Maverick Fresh install, A Karmic Old Install and That same Karmic After going through a Distro upgrade via Ctrl + Alt + F2 to 11.04. I've gotten all the updates for all of them (A slow, bandwidth wasting process), and this doen't happen on other computers, even ones with lower graphics cards then mine. Additionally, on the same computer on a seperate partion, I can load my main Maverick just fine, Indicateing that it can't be a hardware problem. After searching across the internet, I'm at loss to an answer.
Problem-PC automatically boots into a black screen with blinking cursor. No message or nothing
I have 4 HD. Primary drive has Windows Vista, Secondary no OS installed. Sata1 HD Ubuntu 10.04, Sata2 Windows 7. Prior to installing windows 7 all was perfect but once I did it, grub got all screwed up. The only way I can boot into grub is if I manually select my Sata1 which has Ubuntu on it and only then it allows me to select Linux or Windows OS. How can I change that so it can boot up normally as before? I'm assuming that grub was installed in the primary drive which has vista on it, but once I installed windows 7 it got deleted and when I tried reinstalling Ubuntu, the grub was not installed in the primary drive.
I have rebuild my system, with an Asus motherboard M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 with radeon 4250 integrated 8 Gb memory Athlon II 4x 640 2 x 1 TB sata3 WD Harddisks I installed 10.10 64bit, and ran through the whole install with the alternate CD without problems, Installed grub in the MBR on the 120 Gb partition for 10.10, it even recognised my 2 3ware pci raidcontroler on which 8.04 is installed.
When I start I get grub, when I choose for 10.10 I get a black screen with a cursor blinking in the left uppercorner. Luckily I can start into 8.04. I have no idea how to continu. for now I will burn a knoppix cd so I can read the ext4 partition with 10.10 and hope to find something to solve this.