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    Exclamation 12.04 Black screen with blinking cursor

    Hello everyone,
    UBUNTU 12.04 starts well with livecd but fails to start after complete installation, black screen with a blinking cursor. I tried holding shift key and edit grub options but holding shift did not do anything. I give up, any suggestions?
    Dell P4 desktop
    1 GB RAM
    nvidia graphics card ( I also tried by removing this card and using on board intel card but was useless)
    I have tried installation many times, with manually creating swap and mountpoint as well. Please help

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    Re: 12.04 Black screen with blinking cursor

    junaid_572;

    As I understand it, hitting any key after the bios screen should bring up the boot options menu.
    At this point choosing the "nomodeset" option should allow you to boot into the system; Then use hardware drivers utility to install graphics driver.

    hth <==BDQ

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    Re: 12.04 Black screen with blinking cursor

    Okay I will try this tomorrow morning and will let you know the results. Thanks
    Last edited by junaid_572; August 28th, 2012 at 10:33 PM.

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    Re: 12.04 Black screen with blinking cursor

    I'm having the same problem. no buttons do anything during the black screen. I would like to know if it worked for the OP.

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    Re: 12.04 Black screen with blinking cursor

    Here's the best writeup on this I have found:
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/16207...have-to-fix-it

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