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    Unhappy Black screen when pressing Install Ubuntu or Try Ubuntu without installing

    Hello all,

    I am trying to get Ubuntu 12.04 onto my computer and when I boot up the LiveUSB (don't have a CD drive), I can see the GRUB boot screen but it doesn't look like it does here:

    Anyways, when I click on it, it just goes to a completely blank screen. No sound or anything. I have tried the acpi=off method and several others. None have worked. I have also tried the wubi install. Here are my specs:

    Motherboard MSI MS-7786
    RAM 16 GB
    OS (currently) Windows 8 Enterprise 64 Bit
    Processor AMD A8-3870 (3.8 GHz)

    Yeah, it's custom built.

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    Re: Black screen when pressing Install Ubuntu or Try Ubuntu without installing

    GeekyGamer14; Hi !

    One gets that screen (or similar) IF one depresses a key as soon as bios screen clears ->language screen (escape key accepts defaults) and the next screen is as you have posted.
    From the booted desk top when one activates the "install" icon, the system goes direct to the installer.

    In that "boot options" screen try the f6 option, and choose "nomodeset"; see if that boots ya to the "try ubuntu" desktop, then play with ubuntu to insure all devices function.

    edit: A delayed hearty Welcome to the forum.

    hope this helps

    Last edited by Bashing-om; June 9th, 2013 at 02:35 AM. Reason: Welcome !
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    Happy ubutu'n !

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    Re: Black screen when pressing Install Ubuntu or Try Ubuntu without installing

    Have you clicked on, check CD for defects?
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    Re: Black screen when pressing Install Ubuntu or Try Ubuntu without installing

    Yes I have, and nothing but a blank screen, and I tried re-downloading the ISO many times.

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    Re: Black screen when pressing Install Ubuntu or Try Ubuntu without installing

    Quote Originally Posted by Bashing-om View Post
    GeekyGamer14; Hi !

    One gets that screen (or similar) IF one depresses a key as soon as bios screen clears ->language screen (escape key accepts defaults) and the next screen is as you have posted.
    From the booted desk top when one activates the "install" icon, the system goes direct to the installer.

    In that "boot options" screen try the f6 option, and choose "nomodeset"; see if that boots ya to the "try ubuntu" desktop, then play with ubuntu to insure all devices function.

    edit: A delayed hearty Welcome to the forum.

    hope this helps

    As I said here:

    Quote Originally Posted by GeekyGamer14 View Post
    ...it doesn't look like it does here: ...
    I don't get anything other than Install Ubuntu, Try Ubuntu without installing, or Check disk for defects (Tried that). So that above is what I don't have.

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    Re: Black screen when pressing Install Ubuntu or Try Ubuntu without installing

    GeekyGamer14;
    Certainly not the norm.
    What machine - and the machines specs - are you attempting to install what version/distro on ? Perhaps we can advise better with additional info ?

    still try'n to help

    THE current(cy) in Documentation:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PopularPages

    Happy ubutu'n !

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    Re: Black screen when pressing Install Ubuntu or Try Ubuntu without installing

    Quote Originally Posted by Bashing-om View Post
    GeekyGamer14;
    Certainly not the norm.
    What machine - and the machines specs - are you attempting to install what version/distro on ? Perhaps we can advise better with additional info ?

    still try'n to help

    Custom built, specs up top, version 12.04 AMD64

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    Re: Black screen when pressing Install Ubuntu or Try Ubuntu without installing

    GeekyGamer14;

    Should be smooth as silk, your system is very similar to what I am running;
    Windows_8 -> we looking at secure boot and/or UEFI as factors preventing booting other operating systems ?
    Old ATI card ? switchable graphics cards ? dual graphics cards ?

    where there are solutions there are no problems
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    Happy ubutu'n !

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    Re: Black screen when pressing Install Ubuntu or Try Ubuntu without installing

    Wow, I am dumb... I always boot into my boot options to make sure it boots into the LiveUSB. There were my hard drives and two other options:

    UEFI: SMI USB STICK

    and

    SMI USB STICK.

    I was choosing UEFI. I need to legacy boot... I FIXED IT! I'm closing the thread now.

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    Re: Black screen when pressing Install Ubuntu or Try Ubuntu without installing

    Nevermind, guess I can't close my own thread

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