View Full Version : [ubuntu] 10.04 install, screen refresh loop

March 26th, 2011, 08:31 PM
I just installed 10.04, it boots fine and gets to the desktop. I can navigate with my keyboard fine. but when i move the mouse around. after a few minutes the screen goes black leaving just the cursor. I can move the cursor around the black screen. then the screen resets like i did an auto adjust on the monitor and the black screen with the cursor comes back up. once again I can move the mouse. Then It "refreshes" again. Stays in this loop until I restart it. But nothing changes. I have re-installed twice.

March 26th, 2011, 10:30 PM
Hi, welcome to the fora.

Which screen card do you have?
Have you tried installing 10.10?

March 26th, 2011, 10:48 PM
its on an older HP desktop. Integrated Pentium 4 processor. 512mb of ram.
I tried 10.10 but could never get it to install right. It would boot to a terminal looking screen like a bios, but never a desktop screen like 10.04 does

March 26th, 2011, 11:18 PM
What matters most is which screen card you have. Anyway, you could try boot options:


March 26th, 2011, 11:40 PM
ok Im sorry, i guess Im not sure what a screen card is. I thought you meant a graphics card. Please explain

March 27th, 2011, 07:21 AM
I'm pretty sure he means graphics card. To get your exact card, you can run the following command in a terminal and post the output back here.
Highlight the info & click the # in the toolbar to put it between code tags.

Post the output or...


Alternatively you may want to try Xubuntu. It will run much better with 512MB of RAM.
Check this link...
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/SystemRequirements (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/SystemRequirements)

March 27th, 2011, 07:45 AM
Here is a new update. I have re-installed yet again. But this time I was able to do anything I want. Including using the mouse. I ran the updater, restarted and everything. This time whenever I make a window full screen is when it black screens. Also once I was searching google and when I clicked a link it black screened. I will get the card info tomorrow. I dont have access to it right now. But i thought that this may change something in your thought processes. thanks for all the help so far!

March 27th, 2011, 08:46 AM
Yes, screen card or graphics card. English is not my mother tongue...

I still believe that adding boot options is worth trying. A full memory test is also a good idea.

If you want something faster than a regular Ubuntu, you should try Lubuntu. Xubuntu is not much lighter.