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April 4th, 2012, 09:24 PM
I've been trying to install xubuntu on a fairly old computer. I reach the initial screen for installation but once I've selected 'install' or 'try before installation' the screen just goes blank save for a flashing underscore. I've now tried lubuntu 11.10 / xubuntu 11.10 / 11.10 alternate / 12.04b2 with no success.

Finding other threads it seems the integrated ATI graphics card might be the source of the problem.

My question is has anybody heard of a solution to this problem and if I can't work with this graphics card do you think buying a new graphics card would solve my problem?

Motherboard : Intel Desktop Board D102GGC2
CPU : Intel Pentium D 3.20 GHZ
GPU : ATI Express 200 series.
Xubuntu Version : 11.10


April 4th, 2012, 09:31 PM
That is a "legacy" card no longer supported by AMD/ATI. The legacy driver is available -- from AMD. NVIDIA also has a bunch of legacy cards.

Typing from a cell phone right now so giving details would be difficult, but you will probably have to boot with the "nomodeset" option, which should pop up a lot in a search using the search box above.

Mark Phelps
April 5th, 2012, 03:08 PM
The legacy driver that QIII referred to will not work with Ubuntu versions newer than 8.10 due to X-server version incompatibility.

With current Ubuntu versions, you are relegated to using the Radeon open-source drivers -- which are installed by default when you first install Ubuntu.