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timeofday
August 10th, 2014, 07:54 PM
I have an IBM Thinkpad A22m with a 1 GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM. I just inastalled Lubuntu 14.04 on it using the Ubuntu minimal installation ISO and adding the Lubuntu desktop package. (Before that I had Linux mint 9 Xfce on it, which was working fine.)


Here's the problem: the Thinkpad never gets completely done with booting. The instant it reaches the desktop and shows the wallpaper and mouse pointer, the screen goes black; a few seconds later the wallpaper and pointer appear again and then the screen goes black again; this repeats over and over endlessly.


Everything else I tried works fine: the Ubuntu minimal install went without a hitch, the Grub menus work, and BIOS menus work.


I tried reaching the command line two ways: 1) pressing CTL-ALT-F1 as the desktop was trying to appear (didn't work; the desktop kept cycling), and 2) through Grub, dropping to the root shell; this worked (but I don't know what to do from there, if anything).


I would like to note that I've also tried a Gparted live CD, and as soon as Gparted (which is really a form of Debian) opened to the Gparted desktop, it went through the same sort of endless cycling. This means that two different distros, one on the HD and one a live CD, both showed the same problem. (So the HD is not the problem here.)


What should be my next step?

mrgs
August 10th, 2014, 08:05 PM
From the root shell please run

lspci | grep -i VGA
and post the results.

timeofday
August 10th, 2014, 09:27 PM
Here you go:

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Rage Mobility AGP 2x Series (rev 64)

mrgs
August 10th, 2014, 09:33 PM
It's a very old graphics processor and I think it's unsupported for 14.04. I suggest something 12.04-based; there are some options in the link in my signature.

timeofday
August 10th, 2014, 09:50 PM
Thank you very much -- this is the first explanation that has made sense to me. I'm going to try LXLE 12.04 and see where that gets me.

mrgs
August 10th, 2014, 10:01 PM
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