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  1. #1
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    another black screen

    Hello,

    I installed Ubuntu 12.10 on my Dell Latitude D531 and when the desktop loads all it is the cursor and background.

    Have searched the threads but i`m new to all this Ubuntu. I have seen another user with the same laptop and it works for them.

    Graphics Card is: ATI RS690M [ Radeon X1200 Series ] - if that is any help !

    Any help appreciated.

    EDITED: I found Ubuntu 10.04 LTS disk i have and installed it on a spare hard drive, and the desktop is working. ( strange )
    Last edited by aussielinuxguy; March 9th, 2013 at 05:21 AM.

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    Re: another black screen

    aussielinuxguy; Hi !
    Let us presume that for what ever reason the 12.10 install is not picking up a graphics driver. Try this and advise:
    As you have 2 operating systems installed when you boot you get the grub menu, ensure the 12.10 kernel is highlighted and press the "e" key for "edit"-> boot parameters, arrow down to the line similar to this; "linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-24-generic root=UUID=dbd69ed2-530c-4409-8f5a-a3f1ea41fc67 ro quiet splash"; arrow across to the term "quiet splash" and insert the term "nomodeset"; ctl+x to continue to boot.
    Do you now boot to the GUI login and after you authenticate do you boot to the desk top ?

    Yes ? -> in software sources ensure "3rd party sources" is ticked then :
    Launcher -> ubuntu Software Center -> Software sources (task bar menu option) ->Additional Drivers (tab) and install the recommended driver.

    hope this helps

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    Re: another black screen

    Bashing-om,

    Thanks for the reply. I did what you said and edited the boot parameters line to nomodeset and pressed ctrl+x and continued to boot. And it did boot into the desktop and i see the icons down the left side and the taskbar/panel up the top.

    Then i went into Software Center - edit - Software Sources, but can`t see 3rd party sources to tick. And there is no additional drivers to install.

    Edited: i rebooted and the desktop works properly now.
    Last edited by aussielinuxguy; March 10th, 2013 at 04:58 AM.

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    Re: another black screen

    Quote Originally Posted by aussielinuxguy View Post
    Bashing-om,

    Thanks for the reply. I did what you said and edited the boot parameters line to nomodeset and pressed ctrl+x and continued to boot. And it did boot into the desktop and i see the icons down the left side and the taskbar/panel up the top.

    Then i went into Software Center - edit - Software Sources, but can`t see 3rd party sources to tick. And there is no additional drivers to install.

    Edited: i rebooted and the desktop works properly now.
    If you were able to boot up into a working desktop, you can alternatively install the proper drivers through the command line. I dont' have an ATI card, but I was able to find this tutorial on how to install the proper drivers through the command line. I hope thi helps and post back if you run into any trouble.

    http://http://askubuntu.com/question.../129200#129200

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    Re: another black screen

    LuisGMarine,

    Thanks for the link, but i can`t download the driver as i`m not connected to the net with that laptop yet.

    So i`ll do that if i get connected with my laptop.

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    Re: another black screen

    aussielinuxguy;
    Not sure where you presently stand. When you have 'net connectivity we will continue. Be advised that "nomodeset" option is just a temporary work-a-round as kernel mode setting is disabled. There exist the need to get you up on a decent graphics driver.
    standing by to assist

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