How to fix ubuntu 10.04 LTS (lucid) blank Screen at startup

This seems to be happening with nVidia graphic cards to fix this problem try to use the following solution i hope this would help


I have a HP Pavilion SLimline s7727c

with lspci giving me

VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation C51 [GeForce 6150 LE] (rev a2)

I was getting a blank screen (out of sync) on booting from the live cd.

I worked around the problem as follows:

* At install screen press F6 and select nomodeset and install Ubuntu as usual.
* On first boot after install, press e on getting the GRUB bootloader.
* Using arrow keys navigate to and delete quiet and splash and type the word nomodeset in their place
* Press Ctrl and X to boot
* You should now be able to login to your Ubuntu as usual

For those of you who do not know what to do next, in the taskbar click on System->Administration->Hardware drivers, and select and activate the nvidia current driver if you have an nvidia card like I do. The driver will be downloaded and activated automatically, and you will be prompted for a reboot.

Solution 2

Yes, I think you may be right about it being a graphics card problem. I think you may have the same problem that I did on my beat-up old Toshiba Satellite A10.

So, here is what should work:

At the very first screen, the one with just the rectangle (it's meant to be a keyboard) and a human figure, press any key -- spacebar will do.

Then choose your language.

Then make sure you have "Try Ubuntu without any changes" selected, and then press F6

Add this to the end of the command line:

i915.modeset=0 xforcevesa

Then press enter and it should boot successfully.

Solution 3

1. Boot from the Ubuntu 9.10 CD
2. Mount the internal HD and look for /etc/X11/xorg.conf -- its missing!
3. Copy a new "known good" xorg.conf file to the HD (I had to use sudo cp ... otherwise I got permission problems)
4. System boots fine.

Thanks to ubuntuforum user for this solution

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81 Responses

  1. confused says:

    Never mind. Found from another site that you have to hold shift to get the grub screen, then press e. (You might want to add that step for us n00bs) After that everything worked great. Thanks.

  2. tim says:

    There are also issues with fstab and ureadahead that can affect booting.

  3. Jairo Canseco says:

    thanks 2 confused for the tip of pressing shift + e
    at startup, fixed my problem & helped alot
    thank very much

  4. German says:

    Thanks! Solution #2 worked just fine for a 7 year old Toshiba Satellite A45.

  5. Chris Bristol says:

    Thanks, suggestion number one (nomodeset) works for Lubuntu 11.04 on an old Fujitsu-Siemens Scenic-T. I wanted to “Try Lubuntu without installing”.

  6. Yammer says:

    Hey, I was having this problem with an old Dell Optiplex GX200. I installed Lubuntu 10.04 on it, and it wouldn’t load X. So, I just followed “Solution1” above and it loaded no problems. Thanks a bunch!

  7. Aric says:

    Thanks! Solution 2 worked on my hp g4-1117dx

  8. trav says:

    After install and restart I hold shift but all I see is grub loading quickly in the upper left then I can only choose try it out. If I remove the CD and boot I get no video then black screen … please help… I’m using dell 2hdd and 6gig ram amd 64 nvidia on the motherboard Ubuntu 11.10

  9. Kevin says:

    Solution #2 worked like a charm on my TOSHIBA SATELLITE L775! I searched for a week trying to get ubuntu to display, now it works and I couldn’t be happier. Thank you very much, you are a legend!


  10. Cleydyr de Albuquerque says:

    Thanks a lot! My Dell Latitude e6510 showed a blank screen after booting the live cd. Then I ‘nomodeset’ed while booting the live usb, installed Ubuntu 10.04 and, finally, booted again with live usb to edit grub.cfg and insert a ‘nomodeset’ in place of quiet splash.

  11. patryk says:

    Solution 2 doesn’t work. Solution 1 boots me into a terminal . HP pavilion G6

  12. cyphixia says:

    I have mad a small script to reinstall xorg, if anybody wants/needs it it can be found here:

    Hope this can help someone, It helped me after I installed the ATI Radeon Linux drivers, It installed MESA with it and foobared my box

    chmod 777

  13. Nawien says:

    For solution 1:

    Small laptops do not have high resolution video such as 1024x 768.
    I had to edit /etc/default/grub with vga=789 instead of 791 to get my small ASUS laptop to work.

    Look at to pick a suitable video mode and make sure when viewing grub, that it is not picking a higher resolution mode.

  14. Robert says:

    I have the opposite problem. Installing Lubuntu on an old HP notebook:
    – running the live cd, my desktop appears correctly 1024×768
    – booting into the installed system, I get 800×600 upper left corner and flickering

    (please note that to ensure the same xserver version, I did all the tests and attempts with the network disconnected)

    so I did the mod, i915.modeset=0.

    This doesn’t provide the 1024×768, it does remain 800×600, but at least fixes the flickering and centers this 800×600 desktop.

    This makes me crazy: why the same identical xserver on this same hardware, returns these different results????

    Thank you for any hint, that may help providing the correct 1024×768 resolution. That can’t be added neither with the aid of the respective xrandr commands.

    The VGA is “Intel Corporation 82830 CGC”.


  15. CPuffy says:

    I was just recently having this problem while trying to install zorin os 6 on my fairly new HP Pavilion dv5. I was able to get a screen to work for the installer by plugging it into a monitor with a HDMI cable so its installing now but I will most likely still need part of solution 1 on the first boot so Thank You for that! I could safely guess that since this is mostly only happening with laptops that it due to the absence of the drivers needed to send images across the on-board video card to the attached monitor. Most likely what is needed for that is not added into the boot

  16. RAM says:

    I ran into this problem when I accidentally “upgraded” the flgrx graphics drivers on my radeon 5850 card, Ubuntu 10.04. I had to go into recovery mode on an old kernel, then reinstall the old graphics drivers, and reset the old /etc/X11/xorg.conf to one I had saved. Now it boots again, into the new kernel, no problems. Now I just need to lock the version on flgrx package so it doesn’t happen again. The new Radeon drivers are shite on this card.

  17. Sagnik Rana says:

    thanks a lot!!!!!!!! it worked finely

  18. Andrew ford says:

    Previously, I could fix these boot issues in ubuntu 14.04 in the GNU Grub by replacing “ro quiet splash” with “rw quiet splash”. Not on 10.04; and with no duo boot on this version Im so pissed…it doesnt even say “ro splash” it reads “ro quiet initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-38-generic-pae…its bull wtf do I do?

  19. shannon says:

    Wow. mode 2 worked on my fairly newish, less than a year old Lenovo yoga 3 pro 13″…awesome…thanks!

  20. samanntha says:

    nothing works to boot my windows 7 with LINUX/UBUNTU ???????????? HELP PLEASE

  21. Laura says:

    Solution #2 worked for me. I was getting black screen trying to install 18.04 after 16.10. I followed Solution #2 exactly and the install went perfectly.

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