View Full Version : [ubuntu] ubuntu 10.4 beta2 = black screen (and nothing else)

April 20th, 2010, 04:26 PM
Hi all, today I just tried a liveCD of lucid beta2. Unfortunately,just like with alpha5, all I got was a black screen, and nothing else. I tried to switch to terminal with crtl-alt-F1,F2... but it seems to be disabled (why?)

I,m running 9.10 on a Samsung r20 notebook, with an ATI-Radeon Xpress 1250.

any help will be much appreciated, since 10.4 is about to be released, and I really want to upgrade.

April 20th, 2010, 06:29 PM
One of the "F" keys is "Safe Graphics" mode -- is it F5? Try that.

Also, you'll be needing this: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BinaryDriverHowto/ATI

April 20th, 2010, 08:54 PM
You mean keeping F5 pressed during boot? No change. After the initial screen (try without installing..).. all goes black.

Also, the proprietary drivers won't work for me, since the support for my card model was descontinued by ATI. (and due the fact that if I can't get any thing besides the black screen, including ttys, there's no way to change the driver)


April 20th, 2010, 09:48 PM
Have you tried any of the video framebuffer boot options, like vga=785? When Live CD presents the first menu, press F6, then enter the option vga=785, then press Enter. Other framebuffer options are here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VESA_BIOS_Extensions

April 22nd, 2010, 03:28 PM
thanks dabl, but still not working, although this time I got stuck in some bug (msg: BUG! CPO0 stuck for XXs...) and couldn't go any further..
I hope the devs fix this by release date.

April 22nd, 2010, 08:58 PM
The devs are not supposed to be fixing anything on 10.04, at this point, although there's apparently an xserver-xorg problem that they have to deal with:


So if your video isn't working today, it's not going to work next week either. :(

Can you get to the logs at /var/log and maybe find out more about that "bug" message?