Blank screen after booting is a very vague title, but please bear with me as I explain the details of my problem and the number of solutions I have tried. I built a new computer yesterday, the build details can be found here. The important parts relevant to this post are: Gigabyte GTX 770 2GB, Samsung 250 GB SSD, and WD 1TB 7200 HDD. I also have a Samsung Syncmaster 30" connected via HDMI and an Acer 24" connect via DVI. I have followed lifehacker's instructions on dual booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu. This is how my hard drives are set up:
132 GB ntfs Windows 7
103 GB Ext 4 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Ext2FS)
NTFS (for common data between Windows and Ubuntu)
I finished installing Windows 7 yesterday without too many problems. This morning I started to install Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I was able to boot into the Live CD without any problems (it seems to have been using the nouveau driver) and complete installation. After I reboot, grub menu shows up with all the operating systems (btw I am able to boot into Windows 7 fine through grub). I select Ubuntu 12.04, but after that I just get a blank screen.
These are the things I've tried:
1) I booted into the live CD and install boot-repair and ran it. It said it's fixed something and gave me the this URL. I rebooted and the problem remains.
2) Next, I tried to follow the instructions in this post. However, after setting nomodeset, the screen dumps a bunch of stuff and then goes blank again. I do NOT get a login prompt.
3) I downloaded the Nvidia GTX 770 driver for Linux 64bit onto a USB drive and booted into recovery mode thinking maybe I could install the driver and it would work. However, I am not able to mount the driver into flolder, because it says the filesystem is read-only, thus preventing me to create a folder for mounting. I does show the USB drive is present on sdc when I ran dmesg after inserting the drive.
I am doing all this while having both the monitors plugged in, however, all the boot menu stuff occurs only on the Acer monitor connected via DVI while the Samsung connected via HDMI becomes alive only after booting into Windows or Ubuntu live CD. So, basically I am stuck with a blank screen when I try to boot into Ubuntu, but I am able to boot into Windows fine. I can only get a login prompt when I boot into recovery mode (so if you guys need any info of the system I can get it from there, although I do not know how/where I would save it). The system is still new and I do not have a lot of stuff installed, so I am willing to try stuff that may end up with me having to reinstall everything including Windows (although I would prefer not to do it ). If any of you guys can help I appreciate it greatly.
Thanks and let me know if you need anymore information.