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July 2nd, 2010, 07:44 PM
I am installing on a brand new machine and it seems that the installation goes fine and then when it reboot, the screen is black and nothing comes up.

The machine is a DELL workstation with Quad nvidia NVS 420 in it. I am installing the 64 Bit version.

Any help will be very much appreciated.


July 2nd, 2010, 07:47 PM
suggest add nomodeset to your grub settings...

press shift on reboot to display your list of kernels - this is your grub

press e

add nomodeset immediately before quiet splash

i.e. the line should read
.... nomodeset quiet splash --

July 2nd, 2010, 07:54 PM
Tried pressing the "SHIFT" key and I see the word "Grub" and then never gets to see the list of kernels. Also, tried pressing the "e" after I see the grub but still goes to blank screen. Never gives a chance or screen to type anything.

July 2nd, 2010, 07:59 PM
are you sure your computer can use the 64bit version?

Have you tried the 32bit version?

Also, remember to burn the iso at the lowest speed possible. Installations sometimes fail silently when a CD is burnt at the max speed.

When you use the desktop CD, can you "try without installing" - and see the Desktop start?

July 2nd, 2010, 08:09 PM
Yes. It's is and came with XP 64 Bit.

July 2nd, 2010, 08:13 PM

When you use the desktop CD, can you "try without installing" - and see the Desktop start?

and you can see the desktop via the desktop CD?

July 2nd, 2010, 08:23 PM
now, Even if I try to reboot with the CD, It come up with the first purple screen and then nothing, not even the chance to run the install or via the CD.

July 2nd, 2010, 08:31 PM
if you dont even see the select language, and install options screen from the desktop CD, then either your CD and/or CD player needs cleaning or you've got a badly burnt CD. Suggest burning again with the lowest speed available.

July 2nd, 2010, 08:40 PM
Yes. i can run it without installing it.

July 2nd, 2010, 09:05 PM
try booting your liveCD and reinstalling your grub...


sudo grub-install /dev/sdX
where X is of course the letter of the drive on which the MBR should be written (eg. sda to use the first harddrive)


sudo update-grub
in order to update the list of bootable systems

you should then be able to shift - and -see your grub when rebooting.

July 2nd, 2010, 09:36 PM
Here is teh error I am getting after botting with the liveCD:

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo grub-install /dev/sda
/usr/sbin/grub-probe: error: cannot find a device for /boot/grub (is /dev mounted?).
No path or device is specified.
Try `/usr/sbin/grub-probe --help' for more information.
Auto-detection of a filesystem module failed.
Please specify the module with the option `--modules' explicitly.

July 2nd, 2010, 09:53 PM
... must be having a brain fade...

sorry bad advice..

following this link (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1014708) instead.