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November 6th, 2009, 10:16 PM
I just installed 9.10 on my dell dimension 2400 and after two successful boots after installation it started booting to a black screen. I had similar problems with 8.10 but not on any versions in between. Anyone have any ideas what is causing this or how to fix it? I am just using the integrated intel video and have 768mb of ram.

November 6th, 2009, 10:57 PM
I have the same system.

if you mean screen is blank between grub and login

it requires an edit of your grub.
from what I understand.

can you post your

/boot/grub/menu.lst entry

l and in L not number one

and you will be told what line needs changing

IF you mean the screen is blank after you have logged in, then please specify

November 6th, 2009, 11:47 PM
yeah, it was ok through the white ubuntu logo but never showed anything after that. I took it off my system but I will reinstall it tomorrow and get that menu.lst information posted then

November 7th, 2009, 02:54 AM
I don't have a /boot/grub/menu.lst file like I did with 9.04. Where are those settings saved now?

November 7th, 2009, 09:21 AM
a google gave me this response

There is no menu.lst in 9.10. Grub2 has replaced earlier version of grub. Everything has changed regarding editing the boot menu. Here's a link about Grub2, https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2

I guess if I may slip a question in here. if grub2 upsets things can one elect to have the standard grub or is their no choice?

December 2nd, 2009, 01:20 AM
I have the same system with the same problem. I solved the problem as described below.

1. In /etc/default/grub:

2. In /etc/grub.d/00_header:
set gfxpayload=keep
right after
set gfxmode=${GRUB_GFXMODE}

3. Update grub:
sudo update-grub

grub.cfg should have:
if loadfont /usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then
set gfxmode=1024x768
set gfxpayload=keep
insmod gfxterm
insmod vbe
if terminal_output gfxterm ; then true ; else
# For backward compatibility with versions of terminal.mod that don't
# understand terminal_output
terminal gfxterm

I hope this helps