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Thread: Ubuntu live cd - starting load graphics devices [fail]

  1. #1
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    Feb 2008

    Ubuntu live cd - starting load graphics devices [fail]

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    I know I'm running old kit but Ubuntu used to be happy with that. Here's the problem.

    AMD 64 single core processor. Onboard graphics. 756MB of RAM.

    Used to be fine with Ubuntu 8.04. Updated 'live' ( no cd ) to 10.04 ( via the package manager ). Need to install from cd now and newer 12.10 cd won't be a good boy and load. I get the following error message:

    starting load graphics devices [fail]

    I have swapped out the data cable, dvd drive, and have now put in a second mobo ( same spec as listed above ).

    An old spec that used to work fine now doesn't.

    Is this a driver issue? I'm thinking it is as the older live cd's worked and these newer ones don't.

    Any help would be much appreciated.
    Last edited by christhegoth; September 11th, 2013 at 11:44 AM. Reason: I blame the cat entirely...

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    Jun 2010
    London, England
    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: Ubuntu live cd - starting load graphics devices [fail]

    The live session runs with the Nouveau open source driver. But this issue may be occuring before Nouveau is loaded. Do you see a purple screen? Or does this message appear before the loading gets that far? On the assumption that you see a purple screen with two icons at the bottom of the screen, I give you this.

    1) At the first purple screen press Enter.
    2) At the next screen select the language and press Enter
    3) At the Try - Install text screen press F6
    4) At the menu that appears bottom right select nomodeset and press Enter. That will put a tick mark against nomodeset.
    5) Press ESC to get back to the Try - Install text screen.
    6) Select Try Ubuntu.

    You may need to experiment with some of the other F6 options, perhaps even using combinations of the options. This may be useful even if the error message appears after you have selected Try Ubuntu.

    Last edited by grahammechanical; September 11th, 2013 at 01:30 PM.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2008

    Re: Ubuntu live cd - starting load graphics devices [fail]

    I see the purple screen & can access all that. But...

    It's the graphics drivers that are failing to load. When you click install the GUI fails to load. You get the mouse, then it goes purple, then the graphics adapter shuts down and it then starts up again. Mouse, purple, shut down. And repeat. For hours.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Reykjavík, Ísland
    Lubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark

    Re: Ubuntu live cd - starting load graphics devices [fail]

    Double-posting is not welcome. Please stick to one thread, that is the one at Askubuntu.

    If you install Buntu 17.10 remember to download a new ISO file.

    Old ISO files might contain a bug which can damage UEFI hardware. Updating an existing installation and upgrading to 17.10 (if one has faith in upgrades in general) are safe.

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