Ubuntu Installation :: Blank Screen After Upgrade Restart
Jan 22, 2011
I had a working ubuntu 8.04.x system. I ran the update manager to upgrade to 10.04.1 LTS. Everything seemed to run fine up to the point where it needed a restart. Upon restart, it spews out a stream of log messages, changes the font of the log messages already displayed, and then the screen goes blank and the system does not respond to keyboard or mouse. It appears as if the system is trying to set up the monitor and messes up.
If I ESC into grub after BIOS boot, I have the option of booting two different kernels: 2.6.32-27-generic and 2.6.24-28-generic. The original ubuntu 8.04 kernel was 2.6.24-24-generic(though I did do some updates might that be the 24-28 kernel?).
Booting the 32-27 kernel results in the behavior described above.
Booting the 24-28 kernel produces a stream of log messages that scroll past to fast to read and drops into ash. One of the last messages is: !ALERT /dev/disk/by-uuid/ xxxxxx does not exist -which is true because there is very little in the /dev directory.
So I tried to install ubuntu 10.04 on my 5 year old gateway laptop but the screen kept going blank when ubuntu was booting up. I was able to get to the menu screen and add "i915.modeset=1" after "quiet splash", which allowed ubuntu to load. I installed it on the hard drive successfully, but when I restarted the computer, it won't load again. I don't know how to fix this so I can run it from the hard drive.
I recently installed ubuntu on my PC. The installation went fine without any errors but ubuntu won't start up. The first weird thing I noticed after installing was it asked me to restart my computer. So I did so by clicking the "restart now" button but my computer never shut off. The monitor did but the pc itself did not. I manually restarted the computer myself and when it got the point of starting up Ubuntu all it showed was some white boxes and some text I couldn't really see and the screen just went blank. I waited for a while and nothing happened. The only way I'm able to write this is because I'm on the trial of Ubuntu. I installed the latest version of Ubuntu by the way...
I've had Windows XP Home installed on my netbook (Toshiba NB205) and I've just tried to install squeeze via net install. In particular, I installed grub. Everything seemed to go ok during the installation, but when I boot up, all that appears is a blank screen with nothing but at "j" and a cursor. One thing I can think of that might offer a clue, is that when asked to installed grub, the installer said it recognized two operating systems: Microsoft Windows XP Home, and Windows NT/XP. The latter is not really an operating system, but the backup partition.
I don't know how this might affect grub's functioning. What does this "j" mean? Looking at this: [URL]. Could this have some thing to do with boot flag? Should I switch it to my NTFS partition instead of my root partition? Doing that at least let's me boot into Windows. But that's not what I want. I've never dual booted before. So I booted back up with my USB, intending to reinstall Debian, and it loaded grub instead. So apparently grub is now on my USB. Then it booted me into Debian.
I have a Toshiba Satellite P105. Did the upgrade. Everything went smooth until the reboot. After that the deep black. I am suspecting Nvidia driver. "F" key maneuver brings a flash of the booting process. That is quickly followed by a mosaic screen and a numb computer.
Other than nuking the system and re-installing 10.10 any constructive idea?
I just upgraded from 9.10 to 10.04 beta and now I get the login screen - but after logging in, all I get is a blank screen with a black bar on top showing just the time on the top right hand corner. If I CTRL+ALT+F1 and reboot using the command line, it restarts showing mythbuntu on shutdown. Im have nVidia GEForce 8600 - is this due the X crashing? I tried all these - no change
So xorg was acting up, and I went into the Hardware Drivers menu to see if the driver had a problem. The driver was disabled, and could not be activated. I downloaded the new ATI driver. I uninstalled the old one, installed the new one, and ran the config step just like it specifies in the install instructions. Upon reboot, I got a blank screen instead of the login screen.I managed to drop back to the command line and uninstall the driver, so now I'm stuck in ubuntu with one monitor instead of 2.
I'm going to attempt to revert to the old ATI driver (which I still have in my home dir), but I wanted to be sure to get this into the forums before I ruined my GUI again.
Neomagic 256ZX(I think) video card, 256 MB RAM Well, after the upgrade went fine, I rebooted and was greeted by a purple 10.4 screen, after which I was greeted with a blank screen with 6 blinking dots. I don't know if this is a new video driver failure (its a pretty old laptop, theres no need for new drivers) or if its a grub problem. Since I can't get to a grub it goes BIOS>Purple 10.4>nothing and I don't get a terminal login, the laptop is now considered bricked. However I was okay with the install and was wondering if theres a way to fix it.
I have tried the tips, and to the best of my ability understand the later posts from the sticky post "Graphics Resolution" however I seem to keep reverting back to the blank screen. I did this:
Quote: ATI TIPS: Note that some ATI cards need flgrlx and some do not... If not then this workaround sometimes works: (Found this in another thread / credit to Quote: Originally Posted by surgus View Post Steps for ATI users:
1. When the boot hangs, press ctrl+alt+f1. 2. Login as user with root privileges. 3. Type "cd /usr/share/ati" and press enter. 4. Type "sudo sh ./fglrx-uninstall.sh" and press enter. 5. Type "sudo reboot".
The above only works for some but not all, depending on what card you have and whether it actually is supported by additional drivers (proprietary). All at the moment, mostl seem to need "nomodeset radeon mode=X", where x= 0 or 1... Some ATI cards are not working with the current natty kernel, but are working with the older 2.6.37 kernel or the proposed 2.6,38.9 kerne (please see post 2)l Sometimes (rarely) it'll work but more often it won't, and in the two times it's worked I haven't known how to get it to remember the setting permanently- keep in mind I have no idea what that last paragraph about x= 0 or 1 means.
I'm having lots of trouble with 11.04. Note: everything used to work beautifully on 10.10 for me. I first upgraded and ran into all the problem below, then reinstalled clean and still have the same issues.
1. Terminal screen is unreadable after grub menu. The screen is all white and text is garbage looking. My graphics card is an nvidia fx5200.If I edit the boot option for linux and remove the line 'set gfxpayload = $linux_gfx_mode', the terminal looks normal again.
2. Unity or Compiz or both are broken for me.
Regardless of whether I fix the issue in 1 or leave it there, after booting into X11 my desktop looks like it is blinking. I think my unity keeps restarting. If I disable compiz and use meta city the screen is stable but I have no menus making it useless.
NOTE: I didn't explicitly install any nvidia drivers, not sure if it did it install it automatically as part of the isntallation.
I don't care for Unity (even though it looks kinda nice). I just want my X11 working again with HW acceleration. I am happy to go back to a working gnome except I don't know how. After the upgrade, I was able to switch my driver from nvidia to vesa in xorg.conf and get something usable (but horribly slow), I think it was classic and not unity. However a fresh isntall has a stub for xorg.conf with nothing much in it. If all else fails, I will reinstall 10.10 and wait for a more stable 11 release.
Update: I used to tick automatic login which took it straight to unity which meant I ran into 2. and made this version unusable.If I untick this option on installation I can at least switch to classic and use my desktop.
I attempted to do the upgrade from 11 to 12 with the Preupgrade Assistant. Unfortunatly something went terribly wrong. Everything went well, excluding the size of partition error, untill the reboot. I did have to remove two previous installs. Now grub gives me an option to upgrade to Fedora 12. When I select this the screen runs code quickly and the screen goes blank with alot of disk activity. Then nothing. Is there a method of recovering this install? I am fairly new to Linux Administration and I am just knowledgable enough to mess things up.
I am having the same problem, as soon as X tries to load my screen just goes blank. I have an ATI Radeon 9550. At first I tried switching between VGA and DVI as well but upon ruling that out, I switch to my on-board video card and that is working thus far, but I'm trying very hard to figure out a way to be able to switch back. Anyways I'll check back in later on if I have any new information I will post.
I have just upgraded my FC12 installation to FC13. The initial boot failed (just blank screen). Second time I received 'selinux targeted policy relabel is required'. I let that run, but still the boot did not suceed.
I then went in to verbose boot and saw that the boot would hang at libvirtd. So I disabled libvirtd for anything above run level 1. Next boot failed at atd, disabled atd. Next boot failed at 'monthly Smolt checkin'.
At that point and booted in to single user mode and dissabled SELinux, thinking that was the cause of all the problems. That did not help.
The update process has also removed my previous kernels, so I can't test a different kernel
I have an HP 2730pAfter upgrade i have a blank screen. i don't get a splash screen and i can't alt+ctrl+F6 to get extra terminal.Unfortunately i can't ssh into the box either since i don't have openssh-server installed.Is there anything i can do short of taking the harddrive out and putting it into another box?
Last night I upgraded from 9.04 to 9.10 in search of faster internet (which I got by the way), but now whenever I try to boot it goes to a blank screen for about 10 minutes befor going to the desktop. Its completely blank and has no cursor or anything. It's a huge problem and I could really use some help. 9.04 never did this.
Just upgraded to 10.04. All is well save one little problem. I use both Gnome and KDE. When using KDE, instead of going back to the login screen when logging out, I get a hanging, blank screen. At the top it says,(starting MySQL database server MySQLD.) I have to shut down PC and reboot. Gnome part works fine.
im running karmic on a macbook pro 5.4. everything worked fine for a couple of months until i upgraded yesterday. (apt-get upgrade) now i'm getting a blank (black) screen when booting right after the splash screen appears tough the system comes up propperly since i can connet using ssh. the xserver is up and running regarding to the logs. i can't even switch to a console (alt-crtl-f1) nor booting in single user mode. the screen gets black after the kernel boot and init starts.
Alright so this happens to me after every time wine updates from the wine PPA. Foobar2000 works fine till Wine updates, after it updates it pops up a full sized window and instead of it looking like it should it.... looks like whatever was on the screen when the window opens. It's non functional. I tried using the portable version of wine this time and the same thing happens after a update. This is... sad for me because I use it for transcoding.
Bellow is what was spat at me when I ran it thru a terminal.
grammatrain@tprb:~$ wine /home/grammatrain/Desktop/foobar2000/foobar2000.exe -opengl fixme:heap:HeapSetInformation (nil) 1 (nil) 0 err:alsa:ALSA_CheckSetVolume Could not find 'PCM Playback Volume' element fixme:win:RegisterShellHookWindow (0x10066): stub grammatrain@tprb:~$ wine /home/grammatrain/Desktop/foobar2000/foobar2000.exe fixme:heap:HeapSetInformation (nil) 1 (nil) 0 err:alsa:ALSA_CheckSetVolume Could not find 'PCM Playback Volume' element fixme:win:RegisterShellHookWindow (0x10066): stub
so I have Ubuntu 9.10 on my Dell inspiron 1150 and I wanted to upgrade to 10.04. I do the upgrade with the update manager and it dose all the installing. It restarts and goes to the purple screen with the white and red dots for about a minute, then it goes to a blank screen and sits there. i let it sit over night and it still didn't do anything! I've tried booting from CD and it dose the same thing! its bugging the heck out of me!
I just tried to upgrade from 11.3 to 11.4 Using iso on DVD. All went well until the stage where the screen says something like "rebooting from installed system" when the screen just went blank. After removal of the DVD and re-start of the system, selecting the normal Desktop from the boot menu just returns me to the blank screen. I never see a login screen.
Selecting Failsafe caused what appeared to be a complete normal sequence with a Login that worked and I ended up in KDE4 (my usual desktop) with everything apparently working, even WIFI. But the next time I re-booted and selected Failsafe I just got a command prompt. I now find that selecting Failsafe alternates between the GUI and a command prompt on each attempt!
I tried to upgrade Fedora 13 to Fedora 14 using preupgrade. The upgrade seem to go OK, I didn't see any errors. But when it did the final reboot all I get is a blank screen. I rebooted in single user mode and saw that /etc/rc5.d/S99local -> ../rc.local is the last script executed. I edited rc.local and added 'echo "got here"' at the end and rebooted. It did print "got here" so I know all scripts were executed for init 5, it didn't get hung anywhere along the bootup. Why I'm not getting the login screen?
The only thing I remember being updated is xserver, but I know there were other packages updated.
After the splash screen, a text login is shown. If I do nothing, it goes right to a black screen, but first there are weird red pixels randomly strewn about the screen. If I quickly login via the text screen, it then goes to the same black screen. Either way, there are the weird red pixels and a few flashes of the screen before going black.
This happens 100% of the time.
I have tried: booting with recovery mode and selecting repair packages (no packages are broken, missing, etc.) booting with recovery mode and selecting startx with failsafe (same black screen) booting with older kernels (same thing)
I have just performed an upgrade from OpenSUSE 11.2 to 11.3. My Machine is a Lenovo W701DS laptop which uses an NVIDIA FX3800M graphics card. The system was working fine under 11.2 before the upgrade.
After upgrading to 11.3 the splash screen after GRUB comes up for about 1 second before the screen goes blank. After about 5 mins I am able to SSH to the Laptop and access the system. Doing this I created an xorg file using "X -configure" and copied the new file to the /etc/X11 directory and renamed to xorg.conf.
If I SSH to the laptop change run levels to init 3 then init 5 the Gnome comes up and I have graphics the system works However I am unable to access the text consoles using alt+f1, f2 etc. If I restart the system it is back to the blank screen.
I have attempted to install the NVIDIA drivers however the installation fails due to an error with gcc or kernel source versions. Error log reports that the kernel was complied using a different version of gcc.
During the upgrade process, all the files appeared to install correctly and the computer rebooted as expected. It then showed the openSUSE splash screen but eventually that went dark and there was no display. Rebooting again did not help. Hitting Ctrl+Alt+F1 results in a corrupted display. I'm guessing this is an issue with the video driver? Not sure how to troubleshoot when I can't even get a terminal window open!
HP Pavilion dv6500 laptop with an nVidia GeForce 8400M GS.
Is there a known problem with the Lubuntu 10.10 image here? I have downloaded it to two different computers, then burned the images to two different blank CD's (different brands) and neither loads. Both only get as far as the Lubuntu menu, once ENTER is pressed at that point to load the LiveCD, a blank screen eventually appears with a flashing cursor at the upper left of the screen, that's it. They were both burned using the slowest burn speeds available.
I have been running 10.04 quite successfully, when I upgraded to 10.10, I have a problem with the newer kernels. If I let it boot into the latest one 2.6.35-23, I get the Ubuntu 10.10 splash screen for a second then a blank screen, same with 2.6.35-22. I have to run with 32-25 to get it to load the gui.
I have an AMD Sempron 2800, 1.6GHz pc, but I'm not sure if it's running 64bit.
I've been running Ubuntu 10.10 very smoothly for a while now. Decided to upgrade to 11.04 - managed to corrupt the hard disk the first time by letting the laptop hibernate part of the way through but reinstalled from a live CD of 11.04 and it's now working except for this issue.
If I shut the screen on my laptop (or press the screen off button) either the screen won't come back on or it will but frozen (I can move the mouse but not click on anything etc.) In this state music continues to play (from spotify under wine) and if I press my hibernate shortcut (power button) the computer hibernates, only to wake into the same situation. I've got a Dell Latitude D520, upgraded to a bigger hard disk and more ram - the ubuntu partition has 50gb. Windows is working fine.
Edit: I noticed a sticky thread which includes something about a blank screen but I think this is a different issue?
i am an ubuntu nooby, out of curiosity i installed ubuntu 11.04 alpha3 last night. Yes, i will definitely never install an alpha version unless i wish to test it! Frankly said, i first installed 386 version on a notebook which runs just fine. So I thought why not install the 64 bit version on my pc.
Unfortunately, the system did not finish the first reboot in order to complete the installation. First it always stopped at "checking battery state". There, I read that this bug is already fixed: [URL]... I came across this thread: [URL]... So I pressed Alt +F2 in order to log in and performed sudo apt-get update followed by sudo apt-get upgrade. Everytime there was a new update I hoped, that this will fix the issue. But when I shutdown the system with sudo shutdown now -h and restart again there is no progress.The only thing that changed is that the system no stops at "Stopping userspace bootsplash", whatever that means?