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    Ubuntu on Dell Mini 10

    I have a Dell Inspiron Mini 1010 and after instillation I get the all too well known black screen. I understand that this is due to a driver issue; my graphics chipset doesn't have an open source driver. I know that, after a bit of finnicking that you can get it working, however all of the guides are aimed at a more experienced user. Are there any step by step guides that you guys could point me towards? Is one of you willing to help me through this?

    TL;DR: I'm a noob and need a guide to get Ubuntu graphics working on a Dell Mini 10.

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    Re: Ubuntu on Dell Mini 10

    Quote Originally Posted by HankSpank View Post
    I have a Dell Inspiron Mini 1010 and after instillation I get the all too well known black screen. I understand that this is due to a driver issue; my graphics chipset doesn't have an open source driver. I know that, after a bit of finnicking that you can get it working, however all of the guides are aimed at a more experienced user. Are there any step by step guides that you guys could point me towards? Is one of you willing to help me through this?

    TL;DR: I'm a noob and need a guide to get Ubuntu graphics working on a Dell Mini 10.
    What do you mean by "black screen"? Console?

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    Re: Ubuntu on Dell Mini 10

    Quote Originally Posted by kaytrance View Post
    What do you mean by "black screen"? Console?
    Totally black screen. Login screen sounds. Pressing ctrl+alt+F2 brings up console. As stated before, however, I am relatively new to Linux (this is only my 4th or so instillation and first on a laptop) and I am still not totally comfortable with it, but willing to learn.

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    Re: Ubuntu on Dell Mini 10

    More googling revealed this page. Upon following the instructions the screen returned to its proper state. However this needs to be done every time I turn on the computer. Can I automate this process?

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    Re: Ubuntu on Dell Mini 10

    Quote Originally Posted by HankSpank View Post
    Pressing ctrl+alt+F2 brings up console.
    In the console, what is the output of

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    lspci | grep -i vga
    I believe the GMA500 is not supported, and/but there was a proprietary, binary driver for some specific kernel or Ubuntu version. So that might mean some older Ubuntu might work with that driver.

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    Re: Ubuntu on Dell Mini 10

    Please see the Poulsbo wiki -> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HardwareSupp...eoCardsPoulsbo. Step by step instructions are provided to work around the black screen.

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    Re: Ubuntu on Dell Mini 10

    Quote Originally Posted by mikewhatever View Post
    Please see the Poulsbo wiki -> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HardwareSupp...eoCardsPoulsbo. Step by step instructions are provided to work around the black screen.
    Also, if this helps, please mark thread as solved using thread tools above.

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