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    cannot boot from USB just blank screen and no GRUB

    i have acer TM8473T and i want to install fresh ubuntu on it..

    but i cannot even get any display ( no GRUB etc ) after booting from USB.. i know it did boot from USB because the "Booting in insecure mode" shows up.. but after that, just blank screen..

    i suspect after that is the GRUB menu because if i press enter, the laptop seems to be booting the ubuntu ( fans begin faster, cannot shutdown immediatly by pressing on button ) but no drum sound.

    i have tested the USB with other PC and the USB work fine..


    this is not the first time i used ubuntu but i never face this kind of problem before, usually problems came after booting it ( weird display, drivers etc )

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    Re: cannot boot from USB just blank screen and no GRUB

    Grub is not used on a Ubuntu live session. What other operating system is there installed on this machine and what version of Ubuntu have you burnt to the USB memory stick?

    Regards.
    It is a machine. It is more stupid than we are. It will not stop us from doing stupid things.
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    Re: cannot boot from USB just blank screen and no GRUB

    i have installed win8.1 on this laptop.. and i have use 14.10 ISO.. i use the rufus program to make a bootable USB..

    the USB works with my PC but with this laptop.. it just blank screen after "Booting in insecure mode"..

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    Re: cannot boot from USB just blank screen and no GRUB

    i guess there is something wrong with syslinux/isolinux..

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    Re: cannot boot from USB just blank screen and no GRUB

    Rufus has lots of options, which can be incompatible with UEFI booting. I have no experience with it myself, but it does more than you'd need for creating a bootable USB from an ISO. A UEFI boot will actually use grub (a BIOS boot will use syslinux), and the minimum setup for the USB should be a FAT32 filesystem, a /EFI/Boot directory containing bootx64.efi. Without that, the USB won't boot UEFI. Is your pc UEFI too? Probably not if the stick boots.

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    Re: cannot boot from USB just blank screen and no GRUB

    i know that.. i can boot the USB drive both using UEFI and BIOS mode in my PC.. ( my PC will detect 2 USB drive, UEFI: and just USB: ) but my laptop only detect one.. so i think it just boot BIOS mode.

    i have tried to boot other distro and they get stuck at "initializing gfx code" in syslinux..

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    Re: cannot boot from USB just blank screen and no GRUB

    just tested the elementaryOS 0.2 Luna and it boots just fine albeit with gfx glitch at the syslinux menu ( try / install etc )..

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    Re: cannot boot from USB just blank screen and no GRUB

    i still cant install eOS 0.2 through the live cd.. freeze at "grub-install dummy".. i guess this is the UEFI part..

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    Re: cannot boot from USB just blank screen and no GRUB

    i have managed to boot GRUB from the ubuntu 14.10 usb..

    but i cant boot ubuntu even with "nomodeset, nolapic, etc " mode.
    i have tried the "no splash" option
    and the last line is
    EFI variables facility ..

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    Re: cannot boot from USB just blank screen and no GRUB

    Here's some more options to try:
    For UEFI machines (with a black screen grub (grub-efi) without any
    function key options, like the older grub-pc, edit the grub menu and add
    the below options on the "linux" line, then boot with F10 or ctrl-X.


    Options for Video problems:

    nomodeset
    acpi=0
    acpi_osi=linux
    acpi_backlight=vendor
    noalpic

    Older Intel video card:
    i915.modeset=1 or i915.modeset=0
    newer:
    i915.i915_enable_rc6=1

    video=1280x1024-24@60
    video=VGA-1:1280x1024-24@60

    To allow Nvidia hybrid machines to boot.
    nouveau.blacklist=1

    To slow SSDs to allow them to boot:
    libata.force=noncq

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