Ubuntu Installation :: Blank Screen On Reboot After Clean Install?
Jan 14, 2010
I had ubuntu running just fine on another computer, but had to move things around to make Windows7 run better. So after backing up Home, I switched hard drives, pulled the video card, and adjusted RAM, I tried booting up. The computer found all the changes and did its thing. But then it hung with a blank screen. I figured that it didn't recongnize the video driver for this computer, or something, so I did a fresh install with 9.10 to start over from scratch. The boot up went great, and finished completely. I made a few changes to the desktop, and loaded in my archived firefox bookmarks and evolution files. After rebooting, the first ubuntu logo came up, but then the blank screen, with no drum sounds. I tried a few more times rebooting and hitting esc, but I don't know what I am doing at that menu. I also tried the F1 option, but again, I don't know anything. One other time I was able to boot into ubuntu all the way when I was hitting esc slowing (waiting) and somehow was able to get the login and the desktop just fine. I haven't been able to get that to happen again.
Can someone walk me through the steps to troubleshoot this? I don't know any terminal jargon or commands, and haven't really got a clue, but I really want to learn and figure this out. I don't even know how to go in from the command line to see what my system specs or video specs are to tell you.
I Just installed OpenSuse 11.4-32 bit with KDE 4.6 on my PC. At first boot everything was working, then I added the community ATI/AMD repository to get the drivers for my ATI 5570, but after reboot i got a blank screen. So I ran the "failsafe mode" in the boot menu, it worked (3D accel. as well), but just for the root user. To make it work for the non-root user had to set the setuid bit for /usr/bin/Xorg. (is it ok to run xorg with superuser privileges?) Then I tryed to understand wich is the kernel option actually needed for X to start, and after a few attempts I realized the only option really needed is the "nomodeset". what is the nomodeset option for? and why I need it to run in the graphic mode?
I was able to get Fedora 10 to run on VirtualBox. Since the system wouldn't let me set the resolution to anything bigger than 800 x 600, I decided to get the nVidia driver (I'm running the nVidia 8400m G). I did it through this guy's tutorial: [URL]... After rebooting, I see the loading bars and everything, but I get a blank screen with a cursor. After pressing ctrl+alt+F3, I was able to log in to the root and execute the "akmod builds the required kmod on bootup" under the "For GeForce 8 series" [URL]... After a reboot, I still get the same thing. Will I have to reinstall Fedora 10 and just not update the nVidia graphics drivers? I have a 20" monitor that has a resolution of 1600 x 1050 and I would really like to take advantage of that.
i wonder if any one can help me, i have just installed 9.10 on my Dell Optiplex P4 2.0GHz 512MB RAM 200 g hd.install went well up till i eject cd at the end,when it try to reboot all i get is a blank screen ?
I've been trying to install 5.5 here for the past few days, first from USB and now from the CDs, with no success. The problem occurs when I reboot after installing. After the BIOS has done it's thing I'm faced with a blank screen with a blinking cursor at the top left of the screen.
Initially I assumed that this was due to the intel driver problem which is reported in the release notes as a known issue, and the PC I'm installing on has intel graphics. However I have now done a text install and still have the same issue. I'm able to boot up the system using the CentOS live CD, which encounters no issues, and it mounts the local system no problem. After unmounting and remounting to get write access I'm able to change the device entry in /etc/X11/xorg.conf to have the Option "DDC" "false" entry. I can also see that the runlevel is set to 3 in /etc/inittab, still I get the blank screen on attempting to boot.
Any ideas on what might be wrong here? It really sounds like the intel driver problem people have described, and yet I can't even boot in text mode so that doesn't seem to be the case here. Could there be something wrong with the bootloader?
I'm installing 10.4 x64 on a Dell PowerEdge R610 in a RAID 1 configuration and the install goes fine until I have to reboot the server to finish the install. On reboot after about a minute it gives the error.We've tried letting GRUB manually configure itself at the end of the install before we reboot and we've also pointed it to /dev/sba partition which is what should be the boot partition.In the code tag it's ALERT! /dev/mapper/mysql(one)-root.... the L and 1 look the same.I've got 3 of these server to get setup and running as part of our back end and network restructuring and have been stuck at this point on the first one since Friday.
The wubi installer copied files successfully and asked for reboot. After booting into Xubuntu the flashing logo appeared for a minute. And then the screen looked as if it was trying to show something but could not and flickered and then became dark this continued till half an hour and then I pressed Alt+Ctrl+Del.I tried all the modes but to no avail, only the last mode with command line was working. But it was not helpful for me becoz I dont know most of the commands.When I tried "Verbose Mode" as directed by the WubiGuide - Ubuntu Wiki, CTRL+ALT+F2 did not work when the installer stopped.The computer I use is assembled with Intel pentium 4, VIA chipset and Mercury(Kobian) motherboard.
i have installed ubuntu 9.10 on my hp nx6325 notebook, and everything was working just fine, then it updated and problem started coming up. First the computer wouldn't reboot after the update, blank screen, then i manually reboted and now some programs don't work (ubuntu software center, update maneger, avant window navigator)
i assume the update did some damage, so how can i repair this, is there a recovery tool or something.
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 am trying to install opensuse 11.2 to my vaio laptop i have win7 pro 64 bit already installed so i'm trying dual booting i have followed the below steps1- on windows, shrink the c partition and create a new unused volume for suse2- install the suse 11.2 on the new unused volume with hdd config like sda4 swap 4 gb sda5 20 gb / ext4 sda6 120 gb ext43- selected custom packages and started the installaton4- installation started smoothly and after installing packages it tried to reboot the machine at the end. But after this point the reboot operation has failed and gave a blank screen.
At the end the installation failed.I started the machine vaio boot logo comes and stops. i can't even enterbios setup or change boot options.I have unplaged the hd reset the partions, pluged it again and recovered win7So i think the installation damaged the file system.i have tried the above steps 2 times and came up with the same result.I have installed fedora 13 before with no problem.
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 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?
I'm installing 10.4 x64 on a Dell PowerEdge R610 RAID 1 and the install goes fine until I have to reboot the finish it. On reboot after about a minute it gives the error
Code: Gave up waiting for root device. Common problems: -Boot args (cat /proc/cmdline/ -check rootdelay= (did the system wait long enough?) -check root= (did the system wait for the right device?) -Missing modules (cat /proc/modules; ls /dev) ALERT! /dev/mapper/mysql1-root does not exist. Dropping to shell!
what to do and my co-worker who knows a little more about Linux can't get it to let him check any of the above common problems.
We're tried letting GRUB manually configure itself at the end og the install before we reboot and we've also pointed it to /dev/sba partition which is what should be the boot partition.
EDIT: in the code tag it's ALERT! /dev/mapper/mysql(one)-root.... the L and 1 look the same
This is probably not possible, but just wondering, restarted centos 5.2 remotely, hung at shutdown, kvm'ed to see what was hanging it up, control c'ed and then ctl alt del, just trying to kill the process, was brought back to the login screen, but unable to type anything. Alt-f1 switched to a different virtual console, which was just a blank screen and a blinking cursor, but now able to type things. Want to avoid hard shutdown. Is there anyway to force shutdown/reboot the machine from this console?
Ok well this is my first post on the ubuntu forums and the problem I have is, hopefully, pretty simple to fix. When I am installing Ubuntu, I go through all of the steps and once it asks where to install and partitioning and all that I tell it to erase the entire windows thing and put in Ubuntu. So I click the Forward button and when it gets to 69% of copying files, the screen goes black. It sounds like its still running the install but I cant be sure. What should I do?
I've found similar posts to this but none seemed to be solved. I'm trying to install ubuntu 9.10 on my new laptop. Dual boot Win 7 Pro on first partition.Its a gateway nv79 laptop with an intel i3 330M processor.The problem occurs when I boot from the CD I get the first menu where you can choose to install, load ubuntu from CD, etc. No matter which option I choose, I get nothing but a blank screen. Then I can do nothing but power down by holding the power button.I've tried both 64 and 32 bit versions, same thing. The 32 bit disk works fine on another computer. I've also tried booting another version of Linux, Helix, from CD and that also works fine. I'm thinking ubuntu doesnt support my graphics card: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD
I've searched the forums and all the problems seem to be getting a blank screen after the first menu or first splash screen.My problem is that I'm getting a blank screen straight away without seeing anything. As soon as the system says that it's booting from CD the screen goes blank and nothing happens.I've done the md5sum on the disc successfully (and the iso). It's an old system (P4) and I'm using the integrated graphics.I've tried Ubuntu Server 10.04, UNE 10.04 and Ubuntu 9.04, all have the same problem.
I'm installing Ubuntu 10.10 64bit (and ive tried 32bit) on a brand new Sony Vaio as a dual boot on Windows 7.
All goes well and I eventually get to the desktop on Ubuntu but the screen isnt right. Its not so much the resolution as its perfect in clarity but its the physical borders right and bottom are out of screen. Move the mouse to the right and bottom and the mouse disappears. I cant see the bottom bar at all. But like I said, the res clarity is perfect. I've tried playing with the res but it wont change the border issue.
Soon enough, on the top right, I get a hardware driver update alert for a Nvidia and asks me to activate. I do this with the hope to fix my screen size issue. Once activated, I restart and thats it, I get a blank screen.
This is what ive tried:
In recovery mode, i can get in with low-graphics.
Uninstalled the Ubuntu recommended Nvidia driver and all is ok.
Tried downloaded the correct Nvidia driver for my laptop but exact same.
In low graphics mode, when I launch Nvidia X Server, I get this error: 'You do not appear to be using the Nvidia X driver. Please edit your X configuration file (just run 'nvidia-xconfig' as root), and restart X server.'
Skype started to work well. However, after I rebooted the system, all I get is a blank screen with a blinking cursor. I am able ot get to tty by doing ctrl+alt+f2 but am not sure how to proceed from the above. I also erased the above packages thinking that that might solve. But it hasnot solved the issue.
I'm extremely close to getting ubuntu on my old Toshiba Sattelite 1135-S155. It meets the minimum requirements (barely).I was able to go through almost the entire install process, but at the end when I restarted, I was told to remove the disc and hit enter, which I did. Then nothing but a black screen with a blinking cursor and unresponsive keyboard. I powered down, restarted, and got the grub. Same thing: it identifies the Ubuntu OS , but when I select it to boot, nothing but a black screen with a blinking cursor and unresponsive keyboard.
I'm trying to run this machine purely on ubuntu- no windows installed.I can actually load and run the OS from the "Try Ubuntu" option that rune off the CD.
I have installed today Ubuntu 10.4 LTS ..after installation the OS does not boot and just shows blank screen with cursor blinking ...any idea ..I have searched the forum a lot but cannot understand why this is happening ..re-installed twice ..This is AMD64 bit but I am installing the 32 bit ubuntu 10.4 LTS.
I just setup a Fujitsu s6231 lifebook with Lucid. When I boot there is no grub menu unless i press the "start" key. Then the only way i can get into the machine is by entering into recovery mode and booting in "safe graphics mode".
Everything works fine once I am able to log on the "safe graphic mode".
If i don't press the "start" key the ubuntu logo will flash for 3 seconds and then the screen goes blank and nothing happens.
I just bought a new Dell Latitude E6510. When I boot from the Ubuntu 10.10 64bit disk (I've checked the disk for errors already), the initial, purple splash screen comes up, but then the screen just goes blank and stays that way. I never even see a grub screen.I tried Linux Mint 9 with both the 64 bit DVD and the 32 bit CD. Both Mint disks bring up a grub boot screen, but then the screen goes blank just like Ubuntu 10.10. I can hear Mint's "login" sound, but nothing shows up on the screen
I'm trying to install 10.04 Server on an old Dell Poweredge 600SC I had lying around, and I'm having an issue with the installation. I can boot from the disk without any issues, I select a language for the installer, and I get to the main menu (Install Ubuntu Server, Check Disk for defects, Test Memory, etc). When I select Install Ubuntu Server, it waits a couple of seconds and then goes straight to a blank screen. No flashing cursor or anything.
I've tried some digging on the issue and another thread from a while back said to add "vga=771" to the installer line and when I did that, I got an error from my monitor itself complaining about an incompatible video mode.I know I'm not the only one who has had this issue, I just don't know how to address it. This is the first problem I've ever had on an installation.
It seems I am having the same problem, but on a Toughbook CF-28. I tried searching the forum for a solution, and Google, but to no avail. Here is the run down:Installed Debian 6.0 from the NetInst (i386) CD, and all went well. Re-started the laptop, and all booted up fine (got the code lines). When the login screen should appear, all I get ilackscreen.CF-28 Hardware:RAM: 512MB. CPU: Pentium III Mobile 800 MHz (Im guessing from Google) Searches) Not sure what else it has, no information came with the laptop. I do know it has an ethernet port, which worked durininstall, has no wireless, does have a touch screen.I apologize for my noobness, but I am uber new to Linux. Any ideas on how to resolve this issue?