Ubuntu :: Blank Screen With Flashing Cursor At Top - Won't Boot
Feb 7, 2011
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
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.
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.
Slack 13.0 X sometimes fails to start after boot about 50% of the time. linux says "starting X11 session" then I get a blank screen with a flashing cursor and absolutely nothing else. I can <ctrl>-<alt>-<F7> and get a text prompt, log in, and startx from a command prompt. After that, I can reboot once or twice and still get a graphic login, but will soon revert to the dumped condition. I have reinstalled X and KDE twice now as well as deleting my .kde folder. This condition started when I inadvertently ran out of disk space on my /home drive. Since then I have migrated /home to a larger drive and watch it's disk space very carefully.
I recently followed instructions to enable the nvidia driver. run the following commands:
then rebooted, a tricoloured loading bar appeared and finished, then all i got was a blank screen with flashing cursor. I don't get a prompt to login and can't access my account. I am dual booting on this machine with ubuntu, is there anyway i can restore my fedora partition and enable my nvidia graphics
On my dual core AMD with 2 gig of memory I installed Lubuntu in VirtualBox for testing and the install was very smooth. My primary OS is Ubuntu 10.04 and it runs sweet. When I boot the Lubuntu virtual machine all I get is the arrow cursor and a blank screen.
When i use my computer (whether it's going online, typing, playing a flash game, or coding) I get these "Black Flashes" that are becoming longer and more frequent. A "Black Flash" is when my computer screen turns blank (but you can still see the backlight) and i have to press the NUMpad ENTER button, shake my mouse furiously, or click my mouse, which sometimes causes undesired actions, but gets me my screen back. sometimes the Black Flashes last a milisecond or 5 seconds or i have to hold the power button and restart because it won't come back on.
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.
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
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 .
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 installed Ubuntu a while ago, but sometimes (about half the time), when I boot my computer, go into the Grub bootloader, then whether Grub selects Ubuntu for me (not sure if this is an error as well, but I've found that if I leave it without pressing any keys, then Grub just boots into Ubuntu for me (also, it's the top option)) or I select Ubuntu, it then flashes a cursor (a '_' character) on the screen (it's also in the same font as the font used by BIOS, so I assume at this moment, it's in BIOS).
Next, one of two things happen. Either I have to wait a few seconds, then it boots into Ubuntu, OR, it just hangs like that, not booting into Ubuntu, and not responding to any key presses or anything, forcing me to power off my machine using the hardware button.My specs, generated from hardinfo, are:
Code: -Computer- Processor : 2x Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6550 @ 2.33GHz
I installed Fedora 11 today, because I'm really looking to replace Windows. I've been running a Fedora 11 webserver at home for over a year, but this is Linux, which means that I spent about 8 hours on it over a year ago, and then only logged in once or twice since. :P
So after the install, I booted to a GRUB prompt and no menu. After searching around, I changed my BIOS settings to Large for the hard drive, and got the GRUB menu to load, and now I'm posting this from within Fedora 11, and after some good healthy exercises with the soundcard, xvid drivers, and a few other things, it's great.When I load XP from Grub, I just get a flashing underscore and no progress.XP is installed in the first partition, and has been there for a few months. Here's my grub.conf:
I've just installed ubuntu 9.10 from a live cd on to a 2nd HDD, with vista on the 1st. When I turn my PC on GRUB comes up and I can select ubuntu or vista, vista works but when I try to boot ubuntu the screen goes black with a small flashing underscore in the top left and then just goes completely black, nothing else happens after this. I've tried reinstalling from the live cd but when I go install nothing happens and the screen goes black again. When I was installing I changed the boot to something like scsi?
My PC's specs are: Dell inspiron 531 HDD1: Ubuntu(300GB) HDD2: Vista(1TB) OS Windows vista Graphics card. ATI radeon HD 4700 series
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 shut down my laptop, which is running Ubuntu 9.10, without any problems. When I got home and tried to boot it, it finishes the POST and then I get a blank screen with a cursor for a few seconds. The word "GRUB" then appears in the upper left hand corner and that's it. The system is hung and I have to power off.
I've seen a lot of discussion that 9.10 uses grub2. Any ideas how I get out of this? Do I need to downgrade to legacy grub?
I am a complete Linux newbie and I tried installing the latest release candidate (10.04) as a dual boot with Windows XP. The install seemed to go fine and it said it needed to reboot to finish the install. It rebooted and then displayed a series of errors on a DOS-like screen (which I wish I wrote down). When I realized that it was definitely hung, I then held the power button to shut it off. After that, all it does is boot to up to a blank/black screen with a cursor.The box is old and I was actually going to throw it away, but I figured this was a good opportunity to give Linux a try. At this point, I'm willing to go to either Windows or Ubuntu... I don't really care which. I actually just want to recover some files on the box
several months ago I installed Maverick and it worked well, but eventually I lost the GUI. I fiddled with it to no avail. So I decided to do the Natty upgrade and it ended up not fixing the problem though I am able to boot to graphics safe mode.
I popped on this forum and a couple others but got little response and ran out of fiddle time. SO now I have a little time to mess with this, and I REALLY want to move back over to Ubuntu so if any one is familiar with that could be the issue
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.
Whenever I boot the system after the fedora 12 bubble fills up I see a blank screen with a blinking cursor. Though I am able to access tty2 by pressing alt+ctrl+F2.
I have seen the boot logs and it shows a warning:
Code: Warning: Deprecated config file /etc/modprobe.conf, all config files belong into /etc/modprobe.d/
I have an ATI Radeon 3xxx series card and I have recently installed mesa-dri-drivers.x86_64. I guess the blank screen problem is because xorg for fedora 12 doesn't support these drivers.
I want to remove this package using yum, but when I try to do it using "yum remove" it shows 95 packages that would be uninstalled with it. I don't want to remove those packages as it has some that I use like Konversation.
how do I remove mesa-dri-drivers and what were the drivers that were being used before I installed mesa.
After installation of Fedora core6, only i can access to Graphical interface(ctrl+alt+F7) only. When i press ctrl+alt+F1 ,F2, etc.only get blank screen alone with blinking cursor. My system configuration is PIII, Intel 810 chipset.
Whenever I boot the system after the fedora 12 bubble fills up I see a blank screen with a blinking cursor. Though I am able to access tty2 by pressing alt+ctrl+F2. I have an ATI Radeon 3xxx series card and I have recently installed mesa-dri-drivers.x86_64. I guess the blank screen problem is because xorg for fedora 12 doesn't support these drivers.
I want to remove this package using yum, but when I try to do it using "yum remove" it shows 95 packages that would be uninstalled with it. I don't want to remove those packages as it has some that I use like Konversation. Also I am not able to install anything using YUM. It gives the following error:
Code: [error 14] PYCURL ERROR 6-"" I work behind a proxy.
Please help as to how do I remove mesa-dri-drivers and what were the drivers that were being used before I installed mesa.
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.
My new PC fails boot when having my IDE DVD drive connected. If the drive is removed the OS boots up without any issue. Once the PC is powered ON, the grub menu shows up, but when Ubuntu 10.10 is selected I get a blank screen with a blinking cursor on the top left corner and I have only option to force shutdown the CPU.ON selecting windows 7 i'm able to boot successfully and use the DVD drive without any problems.
I have installed it from usb as the cd installation failed at the point where you decide which type of installation you want (lamp or samba, etc)the installation completed but when booting nothing happens, only a black screen with a blinking cursor. pressing the shift key or any other keys doesn't work.strangely when i boot from the usb flash drive again (and not from the hard drive) the server does boot and asks for the user name and password!i have chosen the guided lvm partition with 20% reserved for system files.my machine is an athlon xp 2GHz (32bit), 1GB, SATA hard drive, nvidia 6600 graphicsmy guess is that its a problem with grub and lvm.