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    Help! Unable to install Ubuntu 13.04 due to blank screen after grub

    I am attempting to install Ubuntu 13.04 on a Lenovo ideapad 510y
    I have changed the BIOS to legacy support and USB boot.
    I get a blank screen after the first grub screen, then it finishes booting and I hear the drum sound but no video. It is using the Nvidia 750m video card which is iirc not yet supported in nuov. How can I work around this? Can I create a USB with the Nvidia binaries installed? Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

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    Re: Help! Unable to install Ubuntu 13.04 due to blank screen after grub

    xaegis;
    You have not said, but, what results when you try and boot the liveUSB with the "nomodeset" boot parameter option ?

    just a thought

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    Re: Help! Unable to install Ubuntu 13.04 due to blank screen after grub

    Using "nomodeset" I was able to install. Ubuntu 13.04 and then install the propriatairy drivers for nvidia using wget.
    Now I am trying to get the resolution to work properly and solve the problem that the screen freezes after login.(but Ctrl + Alt + t still gets me a terminal)

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    Re: Help! Unable to install Ubuntu 13.04 due to blank screen after grub

    xaegis;

    Are you certain the correct driver was obtained ?
    What does the utility Additional Drivers advise for a graphics driver ? Be advised I am not running unity on my 13.04 (xfce4) ,,so not certain where that utility is located in 13.04. Try:
    Software Sources -> Additional Drivers.

    still try'n to help

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    Re: Help! Unable to install Ubuntu 13.04 due to blank screen after grub

    Quote Originally Posted by Bashing-om View Post
    xaegis;

    Are you certain the correct driver was obtained ?
    What does the utility Additional Drivers advise for a graphics driver ? Be advised I am not running unity on my 13.04 (xfce4) ,,so not certain where that utility is located in 13.04. Try:
    Software Sources -> Additional Drivers.

    still try'n to help

    Thanks for all of your help!
    Because the GUI isn't working I am doing everything from command line.
    I tried to load (alternately) the xswat and edgers ppa but neither of them seemed to give me a GUI uppon reboot(I might not have installed the proper packages after adding the ppa though). I was able to get the Latest NVIDIA driver loaded and almost working but it ended up just being a Square box in the center of the screen. Everything seemed to work though as I could press Ctrl + Alt + t and get to a terminal, although I dont think the HUD was coming up when I pressed the Super key.
    I am trying again from a fresh install, what do you reccomend I try next.

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    Re: Help! Unable to install Ubuntu 13.04 due to blank screen after grub

    OOokkkaayyyyy. So now there is a new development. I did a fresh install of the system vanilla 13.04 and it boots to a blank screen but with the drum/login sound. I found that if I close (latch) my laptop screen and then reopen it I have a full GUI available and everything works perfectly when it returns from sleep. Any ideas on this?

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    Re: Help! Unable to install Ubuntu 13.04 due to blank screen after grub

    xaegis; Hey...
    Depends on install method and what you are trying to install. For a GUI one must have "xorg" installed;
    Code:
    dpkg -l xorg
    Then is the desk top environment started and loaded ? Are we talking unity ?
    Code:
     sudo service lightdm start
    Maybe there are hardware issues beyond "nomodeset"
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BootOptions
    http://www.kernel.org/doc/Documentat...parameters.txt
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...43535&page=108
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Kernel/KernelBootParameters
    These because hardware compatibility solutions can be tough to isolate.

    where there is a will there is a way;
    will keep plugging away
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    Re: Help! Unable to install Ubuntu 13.04 due to blank screen after grub

    it is one of the Haswell chips and is using the INTEL video instead of the discreet nvidia 750M card apparently.

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    Re: Help! Unable to install Ubuntu 13.04 due to blank screen after grub

    Castles Made of Sand,
    Fall in the Sea,
    Eventually!

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    Re: Help! Unable to install Ubuntu 13.04 due to blank screen after grub

    xaegis ;
    Intel + Nvidia = BumbleBee as a general rule, BB is a work in progress and a year later looks good !

    @
    arpanaut; Good call !

    where solutions exist there are no problems

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