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March 17th, 2009, 03:36 AM

I am having problems installing XUbuntu 8.1 (also tried Ubuntu 8.1 (for 64 bit AMD)).
I start the installation and after the Splash screen disappears the screen goes blank (I can switch to the terminal window with Ctrl-Alt-F1 (Ctrl-Alt-F7 does not show anything... the monitor goes to sleep)). I have tried "startx" in the terminal window and it states that there is a screen running at 0. I have tried "gdm" and it states that gdm is already running. I have also tried adding "acpi=off" and "noapic" to the boot parameter and still the same result.
I am running a Gigabyte ga-ma78 motherboard (PhenomII 940), Sata hard drive/ cdrom and a Radeon HD 4670.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.


March 19th, 2009, 02:11 AM
It look like video driver issue,but I can be wrong.Boot in recovery mode and backup your xorg.conf

cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak


dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

After this you should have minimal video and then you can search for your card drivers.

March 19th, 2009, 02:22 AM
Thank you. I will try that right away. I can't remember right now if I have tried that before (I haven't been able to install xubuntu yet, it is running off of the live cd at this point). I will update once I have tried this.

March 19th, 2009, 10:38 PM
I tried the cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak and dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg and was still not able to get any video for the setup. I am only able to see the terminal window.
I did some more digging and found in the kern.log (/var/log/kern.log) that for all of my SATA drives (I don't have any IDE drives anymore) there was an error message "ata## failed due to hw bug". My motherboard has an AMD 780G chipset and am wondering if there are issues with it.

March 19th, 2009, 11:35 PM
I have motherboard with same chipset ( Gigabyte MA78GM-S2H ) and I didnīt expirienced any problem like yours.

March 20th, 2009, 03:28 AM
It must have something to do with the video card then (Sapphire Radeon HD 4670). I have no problems with XP/ Vista or OSX (Lawless 10.5.4). Just to satisfy my curiosity I am going to try installing on a spare drive that I have.
How do you have your BIOS set for the Sata Hard Drive. I have tried AHCI mode and IDE mode and still no luck in getting XUbuntu installed.

March 20th, 2009, 12:34 PM
I don't know if it is related, but I had issues installing on an old desktop with the installer hanging on a black screen after I tried to get into the live desktop and even though I had a good md5sum on the iso and what I thought was a good disc burned I tried burning another disc at a lower rate and it worked after that. Turned out to just be a bad installation disc.

March 20th, 2009, 01:34 PM
Note: There is no Ubuntu / Xubuntu version 8.1.

It is called 8.10: 8 = 2008, 10 = October. The next version will be 9.04 (April 2009).

March 20th, 2009, 10:36 PM
Thanks. I will try burning the disc at a slower speed and see what happens.
Sorry about the 8.1 I guess I forgot to include the 0 at the end.

March 21st, 2009, 02:16 AM
Tom4Jean... thank you for the suggestion. I burned the same iso file at a slower speed (2x) and the installation was successful. I was now able to install XUbuntu 8.10 on my system with no problems. Thanks again for the assistance.